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. 

Quarterly Lab Update

Untitled-1Hello and welcome back! Hopefully your break was enjoyable. You may have noticed that the computers in the Cinema & Television labs look a little different. There were some major updates while you were gone. All Mac computers were updated from OS X Yosemite to OS X Sierra, Adobe CC was updated to the latest 2017 release, Avid Media Composer was updated from 8.8.1 to 8.9.0, Final Cut Pro was updated from 10.1.4 to 10.3.4, Pro Tools was updated from 11.3.2 to 12.8.0, Shot Put Pro was updated from 5 to 6, DaVinci Resolve was updated from 12.5.0 to 12.5.6, Microsoft Office was updated from 2013 to 2016, and the iZotope audio plugins in 026 and 035 have been updated from RX 4 to RX 6. Lastly, a new flatscreen has been mounted in the 018 meeting space. As always, if you experience any technical issues you can report the problem here.

Cinema in the Cemetery


Laurel Hill Cemetery in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia will be hosting an outdoor film series this summer.

Friday, July 28 at 9:00PM: Army of Darkness (1992)
Friday, August 18 at 9:00PM: House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Friday, September 8 at 8:00PM: Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things (1972)

Founded in 1836, Laurel Hill Cemetery was one of the first rural cemeteries established in the the United States. It was designated a national landmark in 1998. 

Tickets are $10 per person. Click here for more information.

Learn the Art of Film Projection

Buster_KeatonThe Lightbox Film Center at International House Philadelphia will be holding a film projection workshop exclusively for Drexel students on Thursday, July 27th at 2PM. In the age of digital cinema, film projection in movie theaters has become increasingly scarce. However, thanks to a newfound interest in this old technology, film projection is starting to make a comeback. Come learn all about the art of 16mm and 35mm film projection using the Lightbox Film Center’s state-of-the-art projectors. If interested, please RSVP to Nick Natalicchio at 

Free Screening of They Live

leadtheylive1The Lightbox Film Center at International House Philadelphia is hosting a free screening of the John Carpenter film They Live. Released in 1988, They Live stars former pro-wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper as John Nada, a drifter who discovers a pair of sunglasses that allows him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

The screening is organized in conjunction with the ICA exhibition Myths of the Marble, which considers how the virtual is engaged by contemporary artists as a way to image and imagine the world as a site of possibility and a set of limitations. You can RSVP for the free screening here.