Western’s Digital Media Center holds open house
Students packed Western’s Digital Media Center on Nov. 16 for the studio’s second open house.
The Digital Media Center, a TV and film studio tucked away at the end of a second-floor hallway in Haggard Hall, is a place where staff help students and faculty tell their stories.
“You have to come with the story,” manager Deran Browne said. “Whether it’s a presentation or a reenactment, come, sit, talk with us. Let’s plan it out, and then we can get you in here and you can shoot your own show.”
The free studio has been popular among faculty for recording video content such as lectures. But the purpose of the open house is to drive student engagement.
“It’s open to everyone, across all majors,” Browne said. “A lot of people walk in and say, ‘I didn’t know we had this.’”
The room could be easy to miss. The space is small and sparsely furnished, but it’s decked out with professional quality cameras and monitors. There’s a green screen and a 360-degree camera and much more. Browne estimates there could be nearly $2 million worth of equipment that students can access.
The mostly student-staffed studio is entering its second full year of operation with supervisors who will train and teach, guiding film projects from conception to conclusion.
“This year, we’re really trying to get some original content rolling,” Miller said. “My passion is for video, and I need a way to kind of breathe creative spirit into something. For me, it’s about bringing something to life through video.”
Computer science major Jon Komorowski was attracted to the open house by the promise of free snacks.
“In my major, I don’t think [the DMC] is completely applicable to what I do. But this would definitely pop into my head if I had to make a movie or a skit. I saw the free food, so that’s kind of why I showed up,” Komorowski said.
Browne said employers are looking for students with some video production experience on their résumés.
“If you leave college and you don’t have any sort of video education, in this age, you are at a loss for any job in any industry,” Browne said. “Everybody does video.”
Browne hopes the open house will encourage students to keep coming back to the DMC.
“Come make cool stuff. Let’s put it out there. Believe me you’ll get noticed,” Browne said. “Great stories get noticed everywhere.”