FAQ’s

FAQ for Current Students

How do I get access to equipment, labs, and other Film facilities?

First, students MUST be enrolled in a Film Studies course to get access to equipment and labs. Second, students MUST be trained in the use equipment and/or special facilities before they are authorized to make reservations for use. Third, students MUST visit Campus Safety in order to gain swipe access to the MAC – and get a door code from their instructor in order to use labs after the hours of general operation have ended.

How do I know who my Advisor is?

Your advisor should be named in the information listed in your Student Planning tool. If you do not have an advisor or would like to change your advisor, complete a “Change of Advisor” form available in Academic and Career Advising in the Elliot Center, obtain the appropriate signatures and return the signed form to the Registrar’s Office.

How do I major in FilmStudies?

A student who is ready to declare a major must complete a “Declaration of Degree and Major” form available in Academic and Career Advising in the Elliot Center, obtain the appropriate signatures, and return the signed form to the Registrar’s Office.

How do I order 16mm film – and then where do I send it for processing?

16mm film is order from Kodak. You will order film online, using the Kodak Student Store. This will make you eligible for discounts!

Exposed rolls of film should be shipped to CineLab in New Bedford, Massachusetts. We recommend using UPS ground to ship your film, which will be quick and provide you with a tracking number. Turnaround for processing and transferring of film is 2-3 weeks. Plan your shoot accordingly!

What portable, external hard drive should I buy? And what if I can’t afford one right now?

Two excellent portable, external hard drive brands are G Tech and LaCie. Less expensive brands are Seagate and Western Digital. We recommend buying a 1 TB drive that can last you all 4 years of college. A thunderbolt connection will be the fastest (and will cost more) but a USB connection will work just fine. If you can afford it, buy 2 hard drives and get in the habit of backing up your drive so that you have 2 copies of your media.

College is expensive! If you cannot purchase a hard drive at the moment, the Equipment Room has hard drives available for short term use.

For Prospective Students

Do I need to purchase a camera?

You do not need to purchase a camera in order to study Film.However, if you would like information on what to buy should you decide you want to purchase a camera, we recommend that students discuss their budget and needs with an instructor, who could then make a helpful and informed recommendation.

Do I need to purchase a computer?

You do not need to purchase a computer in order to study Film. However, if you would like information on what to buy should you decide you want to purchase a computer, please keep reading.

Consider purchasing an Apple computer so that it integrates easily with the tools we have available at here KSC Film. To run the kind of software we use for editing, sound, and animation, your computer should have a minimum of 8 GB ram and at least a 2 GHz processor. The amount of storage on your computer is up to you (and your budget). If you want to keep photos and music on your computer, in addition to your film projects – got for more storage.

Though students are NOT required to buy a computer, they ARE required to buy a portable external hard drive. We recommend buying one of these even if you are working on your own computer, as backing up your media is a good practice.

What software does Film Studies use?

Film Studies labs are equipped with Avid, the Adobe Creative Cloud, and ProTools. Peripheral software includes PluralEyes and DragonFrame.