Facilities & Equipment

Facilities at The Film School provide students with everything they need to write, produce, shoot, and edit professional films.

The Bungalow

A study lounge, a classroom, a place to watch movies with friends or nap between classes: the Bungalow was built just for Film School students. You must have a Crew Pass and a door code to enter The Bungalow, except during class time. You may bring guests into the Bungalow if you first obtain a Guest Pass, and you can even have your friends over to watch a movie if you get a Party Pass. The Mac Lab is also located inside the Bungalow, as well as one of the two audio recording studios and its control room.

Mac Lab

Inside the Bungalow you'll find the Mac teaching lab. Each of 14 stations has a Mac computer loaded (currently) with the Adobe CS6 Production Suite, Avid editing software, and Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling. Besides being used during class to learn these software packages, students are welcome to use their assigned computer station for any other projects.

Dedicated Server

In 2014 we received a grant to install a 24 station video server that ties together all audio and video editing computers in the Film School. This server is specifically designed to allow real-time video streaming at HD quality and above. That means students at every computer can be editing straight off the server at the same time, can be sharing resources and collaborating in an instant, and can also work with files and projects in real-time as directed by instructors during class. The server also automatically backs up and transcodes all files.

The Cage

Film School students check out equipment from "The Cage," which doubles as the TA office. It's also where the TAs make popcorn for movie nights and sell pop (known as sippies) before class.

The Studio

This is where students get to make their visions come true. Whatever story you want to tell, we'll help you build the world to tell it. In the past, students have built everything from a Soviet-era prison to a castle to the bombed-out basement of a WWII London abbey to a magical Christmas village. And yes, even a submarine. The Film School studio is used for teaching both film and television production. It has a full lighting grid, and is adjacent to the control room. It includes a $100,000 industry-standard Fisher 10 camera dolly that does everything but edit your film for you.

Control Room

A fully broadcast-capable design, the control room is used to teach professional multicamera television production. It has seven work stations from "tape" operation to audio to directing and teleprompter. Every student learns every station, starting as a freshman when you produce and direct your first TV show.

Scene Shop

We build big, realistic sets in The Film School @ NNU.  In fact, the Subway Station set we built in 2014/15 was so large the city required a building permit for it, and the tiltable submarine we build in 2013 filled the entire studio. To accomplish all this we have a "scene shop" -- a shop with all the tools, lumber, metal and room we need to construct those large set pieces.  Students learn the art and craft of set design, engineering, and construction the the Film Crafts class.

Production Truck

A TV control room on wheels, the production truck is used for a variety of operations, and allows students of the Film School to solve new problems and overcome the challenges of remote production. Typically the truck is used to "broadcast" on the web basketball games, track meets, conventions, and other campus events.

Audio Studios

Two Pro Tools audio studios offer facilities for Foley work, ADR, voiceover, and small-group recording. These allow students to produce professional sounding films and videos, to go with that professional look we demand. The recording studios provide students the capability of recording or re-recording sound for films and television programs.


The Film School provides everything students need to tell their stories, from cameras to mics to c-stands and a crane. Our philosophy is that the more films a student makes, the better they get, so once a student is qualified on a piece of equipment he or she may check it out for most any purpose -- not just class work.

The checkout system knows exactly which equipment a student is qualified on, but before being qualified the student must demonstrate an understanding of the operation of that equipment, and must be able to recite The Code.