Student filmmakers at Stanford University’s Academy for New Media use Power Mac G4s and Final Cut Pro to create short films as part of a series of summer courses offered to both high school and college students, according to a
Phil Gibson, head of business development in Stanford’s Department of Academic Computing, says that Macs represent “the future of digital video in the classroom and at home, so it just made sense to go in that direction.”
In addition to Power Macs and Final Cut Pro, the courses familiarize students with iMovie, QuickTime, Maxon Cinema 4D and Bodypaint, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, and Fireworks, Adobe Photoshop, Cleaner Compression Suite, and Canon digital camcorders.
Gibson hopes the courses will inspire a new generation of filmmakers. “[Digital artist and 3D animator Cody Harrington] took a look at our curriculum and said, ‘This is the stuff of the future — if you learn this technology, this software, you’re laying the foundation for a career in this field.’ So we like to think that we’re teaching the most relevant technology available.”
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