Barco honors USC School of Cinematic Arts with digital cinema projector


MUMBAI: Barco will provide a digital projector for University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (SCA)  screening room.

To mark their 80th anniversary, SCA opened a new campus —that includes classrooms, sound mixing rooms, post-production suites, sound stages and screening rooms. The largest screening room is the 200-se at Stark Family Theatre, a room that was purpose-built for 16mm, 35mm and digital projection. SCA’s faculty and staff approached Barco to install the Barco DP-3000 digital cinema projector.

Within the new Stark Family Theatre, the Barco DP-3000 will be used in a collaborative teaching environment that includes screening movies, trailers, student films, PowerPoint, research, and multi-format projection. The 60′ wide by 40′ deep room also includes additional state-of-the-art equipment — the majority of which was also donated to the school. Alongside the DP-3000, the room still retains full 16mm and 35mm capability, using two Kinoton FP38E electronic 16/35mm projectors.

“Barco is thrilled to be a part of those companies that are ‘giving back’ to the very university that’s given so much to the entertainment industry,” said Barco N.A. vice president Digital Cinema Todd Hoddick, “As a USC alumnus myself, and having been part of that extraordinary community in the eighties, I know the value of matching superb equipment with superb curriculum. It’s an honor to have our system as a fundamental part of the students’ introduction to Digital Cinema.”

Construction is currently advancing on additional SCA structures, including the 36,000 square foot Animation and Digital Arts building, and three soundstages with a combined actual production space of over 7,000 square feet. The new campus will be completed in the fall of 2010 and in total, will create nearly 200,000 square feet of instructional and production facilities at SCA.