Melbourne Film & TV School chooses Genelec Systems

The School of Film and Television at the University of Melbourne is the longest-running film school in Australia - founded in 1966 at the Swinburne Technical College, transferring to the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 1992 and then to the University of Melbourne in 2007.

Students work from the Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes are regularly featured in prizes and awards at international film festivals including Cannes (Cinefondation, Director’s Week & Palme d’Or), Palm Springs, Sundance, Tokyo, London and animation festivals such as Annecy, and nationally at the Melbourne International & Sydney Film Festivals.

The school’s illustrious alumni include Gillian Armstrong, (Little Women, Charlotte Gray), Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper, Macbeth), Jamie Blanks (Urban Legend, Storm Warning), Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde, 21), Academy Award winner Adam Elliot (Harvey Krumpet) and Cinematographers, Editors, Producers, Assistant Directors, Production Managers, Sound recordists and other important personnel within the industry.

VCMA 2VCAM Film & TV is located in a modern purpose-designed building, in the heart of the Victorian arts precinct, and is equipped with professional video and film production and postproduction facilities. The building houses animation and visual effects production spaces, film studios, rushes rooms, a 90-seat cinema and use of a 220-seat cinema/recital hall. Technical facilities include high definition digital postproduction off-line and online edit suites and three dedicated audio postproduction suites.

VCMA 3The School offers unique undergraduate and postgraduate programmes where each student writes / directs and edits their own project whilst professional staffs are engaged to undertake the processes of on-line editorial, grading and final sound mix. The second semester of each year sees some eighty fully completed programmes with a postproduction schedule load equivalent to about 10 feature films. 

In 2008 – 2009 the University of Melbourne provided funding for Film and Television to upgrade its facilities to high definition acquisition and postproduction as part of the integration agreement with the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2008 the three audio postproduction suites were re-equipped with Pro Tools 24 fader D-Command systems and, in preparation for surround sound mixing capabilities, new monitoring solutions were evaluated in December of that year by the sessional sound mixing staff.

At the end of an extensive evaluation period Genelec 8240A DSP systems were chosen as the reference speakers along with 7270A DSP subwoofers to handle the bass management – this was to be the common configuration across each of the three suites.

Installation of the audio postproduction Genelec speaker systems were completed in early 2009 and have more than met the expectations of those professional staff engaged to perform final mixes.

A further consideration within the School’s upgrade programme was to enable the quality of sound obtained in the mixing suites to be extended to both screening and assessment of finished works. As a consequence the School is currently in the process of upgrading the 90-seat Cinema to include DCI compliant High Definition projection and a Genelec monitoring solution - an order has been placed for a combination of 1038B Main Monitors, 1038CF Surround Monitors and a 7073A Active Subwoofer with installation to be completed in the coming months.