Dodge College officially unveils plans for Filmmakers’ Village
Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premier film schools in the United States, unveiled plans today for a first-of-its-kind Filmmakers’ Village that will serve as a unique, state-of-the-art live-learn environment for film school students. Details of the $100 million project were revealed on Dec. 1 by Dodge College Dean Bob Bassett.
The Filmmakers’ Village is a unique project at Chapman University which combines historical buildings with new construction to provide a dynamic student living experience unlike anything offered at any other film school. The 3.5-acre Filmmakers’ Village will include a food service/restaurant, a grand living room, meeting rooms, a gym, multi-purpose rooms, equipment that will link the facility’s digital systems to Chapman’s film school building located across the street, and other support uses. Included in the project is the construction of three separate three-story dormitory buildings, providing up to 397 beds with a living room and compact kitchen with dining area in each unit. The Village will also contain a new parking garage with 358 parking spaces.
A unique feature of this immersive environment for film students will be that various elements of the building will be designed to double as film locations. For example, one hallway will feature lockers similar to a high school corridor, often a setting for student films. Various functional spaces, such as a laundromat, will also be available for student filmmakers. Some spaces will also be amenable to set decoration and allow for the hanging of wall coverings to provide a variety of background looks. In addition, over 5,000 square feet of multi-purpose space has been integrated into the project which will allow for activities such as casual meetings, private film showings, film editing and formal screenings for the community.
The design of the building’s exterior reflects the industrial nature of the neighborhood where old warehouses and packing houses still stand. Elements of historical significance are preserved and integrated into the design of the building and landscaping. This project includes the restoration and tenant improvement of historical buildings, which will serve as program space for the residents.
The school plans to break ground in February and expects the Filmmakers’ Village to open its doors to students in fall 2013.
“Filmmakers’ Village will be unlike any facility anywhere in providing an environment specifically tailored for the way this new generation of storytellers live and learn,” says Dean Bob Bassett. “This new facility is a shining example of how Chapman University’s Dodge College continues to evolve to provide unique opportunities for our students.”
The university is financing the Filmmakers’ Village project with a bond from the California Educational Facilities Authority (CEFA). The money borrowed from CEFA for the project will be repaid over 20 years in installments earned from room and board fees.
As of fall 2011, approximately 1,500 undergraduate and graduate Chapman University students were taking classes in Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Filmmakers’ Village will provide housing for a substantial portion of these students.