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 studio equipped with lighting grid and green screen; and a variety of high tech classrooms/editing labs devoted to film and digital editing. Our film majors’ screening room allows our students to view multiple formats on a big screen in comfortable surroundings.
In our production courses, students can work in both digtal and 16mm film formats. For digital, our students use state-of-the-art Canon and Sony high-definition cameras. For students who choose to work in film, we provide Aaton and Bolex cameras. We provide a wide variety of other production equipment including: Roland, Zoom, and Tascam audio recorders; Arri, Lowel, and Mole-Richardson lights. Our students edit with Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro nonlinear editing software.
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 American Film Scripts Online, a web database by Alexander Street Press that will soon enable online access to thousands of movie scripts.
Other related organizations on campus include the Vassar Student Film League and the Vassar Filmmakers.
Film Majors Resource Site
This gives the Vassar student access to the Film Majors’ Handbook, declaration forms, production procedures and paperwork, and online tutorials for equipment and production facilities.