The NFTS is the only UK film school with its own film studios and its own television studio, both equipped to Industry standards, and with an annual production slate of around one hundred and fifty films our studios and production facilities are always busy.
To support all this activity, we have extensive facilities and equipment stores, and technical services staff, professional electricians and fulltime carpenters/set builders are on hand to support both learning and productions.
The NFTS has three large sound stages which are used for major productions. The television studio is fitted with a computerised lighting rig, lightweight cameras with modern pedestals, a gallery housing sound, vision and lighting equipment and six edit suites running Final Cut Pro and AVID.
Post production facilities rival those of many professional post production houses. Editing students use Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premier (CS6). Digital post production has some of the most advanced digital post production platforms, including Nucoda Film Master, AVID DS and Symphony, Filmlight Baselight and Autodesk Flame/Smoke systems. Facilities are continually updated to keep pace with innovations in technology.
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For sound post production, there’s a sophisticated array of digital track-laying systems and two fully equipped Dolby surround-sound dubbing theatres, plus a third, smaller stereo theatre. Sound editing systems include Pro Tools and Nuendo suites.
Composers are allocated their own dedicated electronic keyboards and computerised sampling systems, including Logic Audio Platinum and Sibelius Scorewriting software, sampler software and an extensive orchestral library. There are eight music suites and a music recording studio.
A fully equipped, interactive design studio uses 2D/3D computer graphics systems, an AO colour printer/plotter and digital camera. Animation is served by a computerised 35mm rostrum camera, and five Canon stop motion model animation cameras. Software systems for image manipulation and origination include Autodesk Creative Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.
Our range of film and digital video cameras includes Arri Alexa, Arri SRIII (S16mm), Aaton XTR Prod(S16mm), Aaton 35mm, Digital Betacam and AVCHD cameras. A large stock of grip equipment and a wide range of lighting allows cinematographers to maximise their creativity in any situation.
The screening and preview theatres can project 35mm, DCP’s, HD and SD tape formats, AVCHD cards, DVD, Blue-Ray, and media files and are used for rushes and work-in-progress screenings, as well as for curriculum and other screenings. Thanks to Christie Digital Systems, we have DCI compliant digital cinema projectors. Students already used to creating and carrying out post production in the digital domain are now able to see their rushes and final graded on-line masters with a new realism, a particular benefit for cinematographers who can see the images they originate under the best possible conditions.