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Huntington University purchases Hollywood-grade camera for film program

HUNTINGTON, Ind. Huntington University students frequently create Hollywood-grade productions, and now they can do it with the best equipment.

Through a donation from a Board of Trustees member, the digital media arts department was able to purchase a state-of-the-art RED Scarlet-X camera for use by its film, animation and broadcasting students.

"It's a great opportunity for our students to learn the workflow of this camera because this is what they will encounter in Hollywood and while working on independent films," said Dr. Lance Clark, professor of digital media arts film and communication.

The camera produces 4,000 lines of resolution and can be used with the department's existing equipment. Clark, however, plans to seek other donations to purchase more equipment for the unit as well as two other cameras for the department.

Clark hopes to have the camera ready for use by January.

"We have one of the fastest growing programs on campus, and this is going to put us on par with any film school in the nation," Clark said.

The digital media arts program supports 139 students in four majors: film production, film studies, animation and broadcasting. And with 25 perspective students in attendance at the department's visit day on Nov. 10 and the recent addition of Nathan Hartman, a 2010 HU film studies graduate, the program is expected to grow even more. In his position, Hartman will seek out new leads and develop interest in the program as the digital media arts recruiter for the university. He will also help to plan the film festival component of the 2012 Fandana Festival in August.

To learn more about the digital media arts program, visit www.huntington.edu/digital-media. Or to see some of their work visit http://vimeo.com/31975011.