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California State University, Long Beach’s department of film and electronic arts has received a $70,000 upgrade to its studio and equipment.

The upgrades are a donation from the Long Beach Community Action Partnership and its program Public Access Digital Network (PADNET.tv), which is the city’s community media center and television station (Charter 32/Frontier 41).

The new industry standard full high definition studio will be unveiled at 3:30 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 14, on the second floor of the FA1 building, CSULB campus, 1250 Bellflower Blvd.

PADNET’s mission includes empowering residents with quality training and tools to create local news, information and entertainment. PADNET receives funding through a statewide franchise agreement with cable companies that is restricted to capital use.

PADNET director Lisa Mastramico said the most important upgrade was transitioning the studio to high definition (HD).

“A standard definition environment is extremely rare these days as nearly everything is done on HD,” Mastramico said in an email.

Specifics for the upgrade include three JVC GY-HM85OU cameras, Roland HD switcher, teleprompter, three studio tripods, studio lights, intercom capabilities and control room furniture.

Film and electronic arts department chair Jerry Mosher said the previous equipment was more than 20 years old.

“The new high definition JVC cameras and switcher from PADNET are a significant upgrade and really bring our program up to date in terms of broadcast production standards,” Mosher said.

Mastramico said three of the four full time PADNET staff members graduated from CSULB’s program. Coordinator Jesus Gonzalez, one of those, told her he wanted to upgrade the equipment, she said.

“Now he’s been able to do that in a way that benefits everyone, including PADNET,” Mastramico said.

The film and electronic arts department is among the strongest undergraduate programs in the area, a CSULB release said. Hands-on training is offered in television production, narrative and documentary film.

Professionals who attended CSULB’s program include sound editor Karen Baker Landers, who won an Academy Award for “Skyfall” and the “Bourne Ultimatum;” Jessica Williams of the “Daily Show” and others; cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi of “The Grey” and “Silver Linings Playbook;” and Steven Spielberg.

For more information on the department, visit web.csulb.edu/depts/film/.

Emily Thornton can be reached at ethornton@gazettes.com.

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Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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