Production Screening Rooms
Location: Melnitz 2568 and 2586
The 30-seat Production Screening Rooms are popular smaller theaters for production students. They are also popular for guest speakers, guest lecturers and daily screenings of movies on DVD. They feature wall-mounted 65“ Panasonic plasma displays (the largest plasma screens in the department) and a professional JBL 5.1 surround sound system. A machine rack at the front of each room has a DVD player (5.1 sound), 3-system VCR (stereo sound), Laserdisc player (stereo sound) and a SONY DSR-11 DVCam deck (stereo, and switchable from PAL to NTSC), all of which are connected to receivers that run to the rooms' projectors and sound systems.
There are also Internet-connected Apple G5 PowerPC computers with Final Cut Studio and PowerPoint loaded on them. At the base of the machine racks, there are additional VGA, DVI and stereo mini cables attached to switch-boxes, should a presenter wish to connect their own personal laptop to the projectors. Instructions for using the decks, receivers, projectors and laptop switch-boxes are written on the machine rack and on the remote controls for the relevant devices.
The projection booths also feature 16mm film projectors. Medium-sized motorized screens can be lowered in front of the plasma displays if classes wish to project films in the rooms, but usually these motorized screens are left up. There are small white-erase boards on wheels for professors to use for their lectures as well.