Facilities and Resources
The Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
Designed by the renowned architectural firm of Cesar Pelli and Associates, the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film opened in May 2003. The facility features the Rosenwald Film Theater as a screening space; this theater—equipped with surround sound, 35mm, and advanced digital projectors—offers a higher quality viewing experience for our classes than many commercial venues. The center also features modern classrooms equipped for screenings and discussions; a sound-proof production studio equipped with lighting grid and green screen; and a variety of classrooms and labs devoted to video editing. Our film majors’ screening room allows our students to view multiple formats on a big screen in comfortable surroundings.
The Womp Haus
The Womp Haus, Vassar Film’s on-campus camera house, provides our students with state-of-the-art Sony, Panasonic, and Canon HD and 4K cameras. We also provide a wide variety of other production equipment including: Sound Devices, Zoom, and Tascam audio recorders and Litepanels, Arri, Aputure, and Mole-Richardson lights. Students have full access to Adobe Creative Cloud for editing, audio mixing, and motion graphics.
Extensive Film History and Theory Resources
The Vassar library offers a comprehensive collection of scholarly books, as well as an ever-growing archive of more than 13,000 feature and documentary films on videotape, laser disc, or DVD (from Adam’s Rib to Z), which are available to all students whenever the library is open.
Vassar College is also a charter member of Film Scripts Online, a web database by Alexander Street Press that will soon enable online access to thousands of movie scripts.
Student organizations on campus include VCTV and Vassar Filmmakers.
Film Department Festival Programs
A Film major entering their senior year of production can take advantage of the Film Festival Submission Program, which is designed to give them professional exposure to the industry. This program has been offered by the Film Department since January 2007 and has been extremely successful for those who have taken advantage of this excellent opportunity. Many student-produced documentaries and narrative short films have been accepted into festivals such as the Tribeca Film Festival, American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, Palm Springs Int’l Short Film Festival, and Woodstock Film Festival.
In addition, the Film Department offers the Screenplay Competition Submission Program to students who have written a screenplay as a part of FILM-319 or a Senior Thesis.
This is an exclusive opportunity for film majors. For more information, refer to Festivals and Competitions in the Film Majors Resource Guide.
Film Majors Resource Guide
The Film Majors Resource Guide site gives the Vassar film student access to declaration forms, production releases, permits, online tutorials for equipment and production facilities.