Building with Purpose - Wolverhampton Screen School Case Study

Requiring the services of an industry expert to help with the design and install of a state-of-the-art facility for students studying film and television production, animation, computer games design and multimedia journalism at its Wolverhampton Screen School, The University of Wolverhampton sought to find a supplier that could meet its vision and challenging timescales. Via a sub-contract with Academia Limited, Altered Images were engaged to bring the vison to reality. The ambition was to nurture an applicable skill set and technology confidence within their students ahead of future employment.

ABOUT THE WOLVERHAMPTON SCREEN SCHOOL

The University of Wolverhampton has just completed work on upgrading the Alan Turing Building which hosts the Wolverhampton Screen School facilities. This is part of a £5m refurbishment at the university which is set to benefit students studying film and television production, animation, games design and multimedia journalism.

The Wolverhampton Screen School investment epitomises the university’s belief that education creates opportunity; that by providing students with the latest industry-relevant skills they can match employer demand. To be effective this in turn requires students having access to the latest state-of-the-art technology which has now been installed across the campus. The same technology they will encounter after they graduate.

The new three-camera greenscreen television studio feeds a Newtek Tricaster 2 Elite system with 2 stripe control panel and talkback in the adjoining production gallery. The fully sound-proofed studio is well equipped with an Acebil PD3800 pedestal, 4.8m track and dolly, CueiT prompting, jibs, sliders, multiple drapes, lighting grid and 44 Ianiro 200w bi-colour LED lights. The department has a total of seven JVC HD-HDR ENG studio cameras with 2/3” HD lenses.

The new Avid Pro Tools-centric Foley room includes an Avid S3 16-fader EUCON Control Service, Avid Pro Tools HDX Core with Pro Tools | Ultimate, Avid Pro Tools MTRX Base unit, Dante Interface

and multiple plug-ins including iZotope, all running off an 8-core, 96GB, 1TB rack mounted Apple Mac Pro with Genelec speakers and Sennheiser and RODE microphones.

The building also now includes five edit suites running on Lenovo ThinkStation P620s with AMD Thread Ripper Pro 3955WX GPUs, Lenovo ThinkVision 4K monitoring as well as Eizo 4K-UHD grading monitors and access to multiple 40TB Avid NEXIS | PRO servers. The computer games design students benefit from a second audio suite with another Avid S3 console with a similar configuration, LG monitoring including 4K and a fully equipped studio with drapes, lighting and a control room.

The new Wolverhampton Screen School further benefits from a new production space, an equipment media store, new Mac labs, staff offices and a production base room.

Read the full Televisual case study HERE. Wolverhampton University 2022 – Televisual

 

About Altered Images

Altered Images is a leading expert in workflow system design and a major technology reseller for the broadcast, television production, education and corporate communications industry. Its highly-skilled team understands visual communication technology, offering everything from a single product to a complete turnkey solution. From consultancy and system design, through to sales, installation and support, Altered Images offers a fully-specified service for production and broadcast professionals. For further information, please get in touch.

 

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