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What resources are there at Screen Academy Scotland?
Screen Academy Scotland, A Creative Skillset Film Academy, is a collaboration between two of Scotland's leading screen practice educators - Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art (eca). We have a broad range of facilities available to students at both eca and Edinburgh Napier and reciprocal arrangements in place for sharing across the two institutions.
 
Screen Academy Scotland Production Centre
Edinburgh Napier University
2A Merchiston Avenue, Edinburgh EH10 4NU
 
As well as housing the Screen Academy Project Office and Technical stores, the Production Centre based in Merchiston Avenue provides full Production and Post-Production facilities and accommodates the busy schedules of both our post-graduate and undergraduate students.
 
A range of short courses, public screenings and Continuing Professional Development workshops and events also take place at the Production Centre making it a busy hub catering for industry professionals and the film going public as well as student filmmakers across both institutions.

 

Post Production Facilities at Edinburgh Napier University
• 2x Projection/Screening Rooms which can cater for 60 and 40 people respectively. These spaces are also used for workshops and are full fitted out with facilities for the projection of DVD, Mini DV, VHS, and streaming from the internet through PC. There are also links in both studios to the Machine Room with an HD converter Box for HD projection.
 
• Avid Teaching Studio with 6 Avid Media Composer suites, (Mac ver 8)
In this room there is also viewing facilities for HDCAM, DigiBeta, Beta SP, HDV, Mini DV, DVD from the Machine Room. 
 
• 5 x individual Avid Media Composer suites (Mac ver 8), in self-contained rooms.
 
• Avid Edit Room with 5 Avid Media Composer suites (Mac ver. 8)
 
•An Avid Online Media Composer with Symphony grading option and Avid Artist DNxIO interface.  A 24TB RAID drive and 4k monitor.
 
• A DaVinci Resolve Online with Resolve Mini Panel and UltraStudio 4K Extreme interface. A 24TB RAID drive and 4K monitor.

• At the heart of our facility we have a 180TB Avid Nexis Media Server with Interplay and MediaCentral UX functionality.

Regarding the teaching Studios:
Studio 1 has HD projection and 5.1 audio and Studio 2 has up to 4K projection and 7.1 audio. Both can be linked to the Machine Room and the Online suites to playback HD to Studio 1 and HD, or 4K to Studio 2. 
 
Audio Post-Production Facilities
4x Pro Tools Suites
Used for sound editing, these suites are equipped with Pro Tools HD10 software, Digidesign MBox 2 Interface, industry standard speakers, broadcast monitor and access to a range of plug-ins.
 
Dubbing Suite
Used for the final sound mix, this suite is equipped with Pro Tools HD10 software, Digidesign 96 I/O Interface, Digidesign Sync I/O, Digidesign Control 24 mixing console, 5.1 surround sound monitoring, Focusrite pre-amplifiers and a wide array of plug-ins (including Audio Ease Altiverb; Avid TL Space; Izotope RX, Insight and Alloy; as well as a range of others).
 
Voiceover Booth
Comprising of a Neumann TLM103 microphone (although other microphones are available upon request), headphone amplifier and monitor, this fully soundproofed room allows the recording of voiceover, ADR or narration to picture. Linked directly to our Machine Room, the Voiceover Booth can be patched to any Pro Tools suite and the performance recorded directly into Pro Tools software ready for editing.
 
Foley Booth
Similarly, comprising of an AKG C414B microphone (although other microphones are available upon request), headphone amplifier and monitor, this fully soundproofed room allows the recording of any effects (e.g. footsteps, clothing or other spot effects) that need to be added to a film’s soundtrack. Linked directly to our Machine Room, the Foley Booth can be patched to any Pro Tools suite and the performance recorded directly into Pro Tools software ready for editing.
 
Sound Effects Library
For the sourcing of sound effects difficult to recreate, or for a quicker workflow, we have a comprehensive, centralised sound library offering a wide variety of sound effects and atmospheres that can be added to any Pro Tools session.

 

Up to date camera equipment and lighting available from digital SLR cameras to 16mm:

  • Arri Alexa – Film industry standard camera, capable of delivering up to 4K images producing a film-like organic look.  Shoot RAW or Prores onto SSD or SxS cards.  With an optional set of six Zeiss Ultra Prime lenses.
  • Blackmagic Cinema Cameras –  A simple strong design that can shoot high quality images in RAW or Prores format, available with a selection of lenses and adaptors to fit a variety of different lenses.
  • Canon 5D – High standard digital 12.8 Megapixel SLR camera.
  • Arri Super 16mm – We have a super16mm Arri SR2 camera ready to produce films the classic way.
  • Sony PMW-EX3/PMW-300 – The perfect cameras for intermediary or documentary filmmakers, with the full features of a broadcast standard camera.
  • Canon XF105 – The camera of choice for the beginner filmmaker shooting at a bitrate of 50mbps with a 4:2:2 Full HD codec.
  • Lighting – We have an extensive range of Kino flos, Powerful HMI Fresnel lamps (1.2k & 2.5k), Aladdin Bi-Flex LEDs, Various Fresnels lamps (300w, 650w, 1k, 2k) and a selection of on-board LED lights.
  • The Cinetech Super Falcon II - A professional pee wee style dolly, for studio or track use.
  • We also have a wide selection of HD monitors ready for use ranging from 7"-17".

 

Edinburgh College of Art Facilites and Resources
 
Screening Room:
The Screening Room provides a vital teaching, learning and research facility. It provides a valuable venue for our students to experience the art and technology of cinema, as it was meant to be experienced and also gives us the opportunity to see and share our own work on the big screen in a professional cinema environment.
 
Screening Room and screen features:
50 seats
Screen – 1.32mhigh x 2.34m wide 
Aspect Ratios - 4:3, 16:9, 1:1.85, 1:2.35
Projector – Panasonic PT-FW430EA 
Audio – DAS ps-200 amp
 
TV Studio:
The TV Studio is a versatile blank space, for that reason it houses the majority of our practical teaching. It also provides a facility that is used by students to build small-scale sets or as an equipment prep area. 
 
TV Studio features:
Floor Space (10m x 4.5m) equipped with 4m wide blue screen, 15x lamp tungsten lighting rig with dimmer control, complete black out.
 
Post Production Studio
The Post-Production studio is a dedicated offline editing and delivery output facility that fosters a cross-year, peer to peer learning environment.
 
Post Production Studio features
5x Mac Pro, Dual 20inch Screen Stations
Final Cut Pro
Compressor
DVD Studio
Logic Pro
 
Post Production Suites
There are 4 self contained Post Production Suites provide rooms for tutorials and discussion of individual projects. They also provide an environment for students to work on their films independently and yet with on hand teaching, technical and peer support.
 
Post Production Suite features:
Mac Pro, Dual 24inch Screen Stations
42inch LED Client monitor
Monitor Speakers
Avid Media Composer 
Pro Tools
RED Cine-X
Da Vinci Lite
 
Grading Suite
We have a Da Vinci Resolve mastering and grading suite capable of grading HD, 2k and 4k material in real time. We support EDL, AAF and XML workflows on projects. On site technicians support students on best practices for onlining and prepping the grade and master. 
When not being used for grading this suite can also be used as a 5th Post Production Suite as described above.
 
Grading Suite features:
Mac Pro, Dual 24inch Screen Stations
42inch LED Client monitor
Monitor Speakers
Da Vinci Resolve
27inch grade monitor
Black Magic Duo Scopes
Easy DCP
Avid Media Composer 
Pro Tools
RED Cine-X
Da Vinci Lite
 
LOCATION EQUIMENT
We aim to provide a wide variety of location equipment in order to cater for the wide gamut of the undergraduate and postgraduate students’ projects and skills abilities. This ranges from traditional Drama methodological approaches to self-shooting documentaries and technologically unbiased experimental projects.
 
Camera Department
Digital Cinema Package
RED Scarlet, IO Module, 5inch Touch Screen, OLED Viewfinder
4x RED Brick and 2x RED volt
Arri Ultra Prime Set (16, 24, 32, 50, 58mm)
Ronford Baker Tall and Baby Legs
Ronford Baker 2004 Fluid Head
Arri MB-20 II Matte Box and filter set
Arri FF4 Follow Focus
Arri BP-8 19mm Support system
TV Logic 7” Video Assist
Arri 15mm lightweight Hand held Kit
Camera Assistant Kit (Directors Viewfinder, Tape measure, tape, markers…)
 
Film Camera
Arri SR2 (bayonet mount)
Carl Zeiss Prime Lens Set (9.5, 12, 25mm)
Angenieux Zoom Lens 10-150mm
Matte Box and filter set
3x Magazines
Variable speed unit
Phase shifter
Vinten Pro Touch Tripod
 
Panasonic Video Cameras
Panasonic HPX2700G Varicam
Canon J17EX7.7B Lens
UV Filter
1x 64Gb 3x 32Gb P2 Card and card reader
Scahtler Video 18s1 Fluid Head
Scahtler carbon fiber tripod legs
 
Panasonic HVX200
UV Filter
1x 64Gb 3x 32Gb P2 Card and card reader
Manfrotto MVK502AM Tripod Head Kit
 
Sony Video Cameras
Sony HVR-Z7E
Memory Recording Unit
3x Sony NP-F970 and charger
UV Filter
Vinten Tripod Head Kit
 
Sony HVR-Z1E
Sony VCL-HG0872 Wide Angle Lens
3x Sony NP-F970 and charger
UV Filter
Manfrotto Tripod Head Kit
 
Sony HVR-V1E
Sony VCL-HG0862K Wide Angle Lens
3x Sony NP-F970 and charger
UV Filter
Manfrotto Tripod Head Kit
 
Canon Video Cameras
Canon XL2
3x Canon Bp-930 batteries and charger
UV Filter
Manfrotto Tripod Head Kit
 
Fujinon XLPRO manual zoom lens
Canon XL3X Wide Angle Lens
 
Lighting Department
Tungsten 4 lamp kit
1x Arrilite 800w, Chimera, stand and RCD
2x Arri Junior 650W, stand and RCD
1x Arri Junior 300W, stand and RCD
3x Canon Bp-930 batteries and charger
 
1kW Arri Junior Tungsten and Stand
2kW Arri Junior Tungsten and Stand
1.2kW Arri Compact Daylight HMI and 2 section wind up stand
 
Sound Department
Location Recording Kit
Sound Devices 744T Recorder
Sound devices 302 3 channel mixer
Sennheiser 714 Microphone and Rycote Windshield Kit
Sennheiser EW112 Radio Microphone
Operators Bag, Heaphones and XLR cable
 
Microphones Kits
Sennheiser ME-66 Rifle microphone
Rycote Windshield Kit
Headphones and XLR cables
 
Sennheiser ME-80 Rifle microphone
Rycote Windshield Kit
Headphones and XLR cables
 
Rode NT-G3 Rifle microphone
Rycote Windshield Kit
Headphones and XLR cables
 
Sennheiser ME-67 Rifle microphone
Rycote Windshield Kit
Boomple, Headphones and XLR cables
 
Sennheiser 816 Rifle microphone
Rycote Windshield Kit
Boom Pole, Headphones and XLR cables
 
Audio Technica BP4027 Stereo Microphone
Rycote Windshield Kit
Boom Pole, Headphones and XLR cables
 
Sanken COS-11 Lavielier Microphone
XLR Cables
 
Sennheiser EW-112 G3 Radio Microphone set
 
Recorders
Marantz PMD 670 Portable solid state audio recorder
Marantz PMD 660 Portable solid state audio recorder