Introducing South Street Cinema

TicketsWhile multiplex theaters in Philadelphia may be few and far between, the recently opened South Street Cinema offers an intimate and affordable alternative allowing Philadelphians to partake in the moviegoing experience. South Street Cinema is a small pop-up movie house located at 327 South Street dedicated to showing cult, classic, and local films. Tickets are only $5, and upcoming titles include Teenagers from Outer Space, Clerks, and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid. They also host an open screen night where local filmmakers can show their own films up to 20 minutes long. You can see the full schedule by visiting their Facebook page.

Media Composer Down!

1200px-Avid_logo_purple_2017.svgDue to power outages in URBN, Avid Media Composer is temporarily unavailable on all lab computers. Thanks for your patience as we work to resolve the issue.

Update: Media Composer is back online. If you continue to experience issues, please contact Nick Natalicchio or Westphal IT. 

A+E Executives Visiting Drexel

AEIMAGEWant to find out what’s happening at A+E and the History Channel? On Friday, March 2nd at 12PM in UCROSS 028, join Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President, Head of History & Biography Digital at A+E Networks, and Mark Garner, Senior Vice President, Distribution and Digital Content Licensing at A+E Networks, as they discuss new avenues of growth through social/digital offerings at the History Channel. They’ll also be discussing how the transition from a cable world to a new over-the-top world has changed the TV industry.  

Free Groundhog Day Screening!

maxresdefaultOn Friday, February 2nd at 8PM, there will be a free screening of Groundhog Day in the Large Screening Room (UCROSS 028). You can watch the trailer here. Come celebrate Groundhog Day 2018 with this classic Bill Murray comedy! Pizza and drinks will be provided. Send RSVP to Nick Natalicchio at If you choose not to attend, you run the risk of repeating February 2nd over and over again until you do.  

The Last Jedi Debate


On Thursday, January 25th in the Large Screening Room (UCROSS 028), Film & Video students Justin Allison, Shane Emery, Carson Gordan, and Jake Beckhardt will be debating one of the most hotly contested movies of 2017, Star Wars: The Last in Jedi. Justin and Shane will argue the merits of The Last Jedi, while Carson and Jake will argue its shortcomings. Moderators will be Emma Prang and Ethan Lewis. The event is pay what you want, with all proceeds going towards Shane’s senior project.

Quarterly Lab Update

Untitled-1Hello and welcome back! Hopefully your break was enjoyable. We had several updates in the labs while you were gone. Adobe CC was updated from 2017 to 2018, DaVinci Resolve was updated from 12.5 to 14, the C200 AMA plugin for Avid Media Composer was installed, and Cinema RAW Development 2.1 (for C200 playback) was installed. Lastly, Lattice was installed in Color Grading for LUT transformation and conversion. You can learn more about Lattice here. As always, if you experience any technical issues you can report the problem here

Science After Hours: Hollywood

057b1f6a16Have you ever been curious about the science behind each step of the filmmaking process? If the answer is yes, then you’ll want to head over to the Franklin Institute on Tuesday, November 28th at 7:00PM for Science After Hours: Hollywood. Not only will the exhibit go over the engineering behind each step of the filmmaking process, but there will also be live music from the funk/R&B band Red 40 & The Last Groovement. The event is 21+ and popular, so try to get your tickets soon. You Can order them here

Gretchen Carlson to Visit Drexel

47345-v1-600xGretchen Carson will be visiting Drexel University to talk about her life, career, and advocacy issues on Tuesday, November 14th at 7:00PM at the Mitchell Auditorium located in the Bossone Research Center at 3140 Market Street. 

Recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Matrix Award,  Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for equality and empowerment of women. 

Every attendee will receive a free copy of Gretchen’s new book, Be Fierce while supplies last. She will be staying after the event to sign books and meet attendees. 

MC Export Codecs Now Available

Some of you may have noticed a number of codecs missing in the export settings of the latest Media Composer install. The problem has been fixed, and a list of the new codecs can be found below. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

• Apple Intermediate Codec
• Apple ProRes
• AVC-Intra
• AVC-LongG
• XDCAM EX / HD / HD422
• Uncompressed 4:2:2

Final Draft and Movie Magic Discount Codes Available Now!

Both Final Draft and Movie Magic are offering discount codes to Drexel students who would like to purchase their software. 

For Final Draft, you can click here to sign up for an 18 week educational free trial using your Drexel email account. You can also purchase Final Draft for the discounted price of $99.99 by clicking here. Be sure to use the discount code linked below. 

For Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting, you can purchase each for the discounted price of $185. First, set up an account at the EP web store here using your Drexel email, then go to the Academic Software page here. In the drop down menu, select either Movie Magic Scheduling or Movie Magic Budgeting (or both), enter your Drexel email address, and click “add to cart”. Proceed to checkout, and enter your school coupon code listed in the link below. Click “add coupon” and “order now” to complete the transaction. 

You can purchase Movie Magic Screenwriter 6 for the discounted price of $99.95 by clicking here. Be sure to fill out an academic proof form here after you make your purchase. 

Click here to view the discount codes for Final Draft, Movie Magic Scheduling, and Movie Magic Budgeting. Use your Drexel email account to gain access.