Camera Ready

Students in this 1979 photo prepare for a student video production

Students in this 1979 photo by Tore Ofteness, ’77, gathered in a television studio in Miller Hall to learn how to use what appears to be an Ikegami HL 70 series camera. The students may have been preparing for a studio production, or a location shoot with a portable VCR, says Robert Clark, manager of Western’s Digital Video Services.

Today, Western’s video production studio is the Digital Media Center in Haggard Hall, where Deran Browne works with students to produce a wide variety of projects. Some are completing a minor in film studies in the English Department, while others are working on assignments for classes that incorporate video production in journalism, communication studies, art, theatre and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. Students also work on projects for Digital Video Services and University Communications and Marketing. 

WWU students who are learning their way around a camera for the first time have something in common with TJ Martin, ’05, who studied film production at Western—and has gone on to win an Oscar and an Emmy for his documentaries. 

Photo by Tore Ofteness, '77, courtesy of Campus History Collection, Special Collections, Western Libraries Heritage Resources, WWU