This month The Archer School for Girls in L.A. opened a new MediaSpace facility designed to encourage its students to pursue careers in media production in film, television and music. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility, funded through donations from the Ahmanson Foundation, Archer parents and supporters Martin Sandberg and Jenny Petersson, and Archer alumnae parents Lauren and Austin Fite, was Jan. 14.
The MediaSpace will allow students to collaboratively and independently work in a real-world, professional workspace featuring 12 editing bays that are fully equipped with industry standard software, a sound booth for vocal recording, a soundproof lighting studio equipped with an infinity wall and mechanical backdrops including a green screen, a 20-seat screening room and a media arts lab for graphic design, film, animation, and digital photography.
The MediaSpace will be the center of Archer’s Institute for Film and Video Literacy program and is designed for multiple courses and to encourage cooperative learning across the disciplines.
At the event, Kathy Kennedy – and eight-time Academy Award-nominated producer, president of Lucasfilm, and Archer board member – spoke about the importance of encouraging women to get behind the camera and into the business of film making. Also in attendance was five-time Academy Award-nominated director and producer and Archer board member Frank Marshall, along with music producer and four-time American Society of Composers Songwriter of the Year winner Martin Sandberg.
In other Los Angeles education news, Archer’s 2015 Film Festival will be held April 30 at Westfield Century City AMC Theatres. The event is free and open to the public and tickets will be available at www.archerfilmfestival.org in March.