As Chapman University prepares students to lead in the entertainment industry, it is essential to provide hands-on experience with next-generation technology, says Stephen Galloway, dean of Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
That’s why Galloway and the university are excited to announce an anonymous gift of $2.5 million supporting an innovation hub at Dodge College, ranked The No. 4 film school in the nation by The Hollywood Reporter and The Wrap.
“We already provide the best facilities of any film school in the country,” Galloway said. “This generous gift will help move us into an even higher realm of technological innovation.”
The $2.5 million gift elevates the impact of Inspire: The Campaign for Chapman University. The public phase of the campaign was launched in February with the goal of raising $500 million by 2028. So far, more than $325 million has been raised.
This latest gift targets innovation as Dodge “develops student filmmakers, writers and entertainment artists to impact society through the most transformative medium of communication in the world,” Galloway said. “By providing students with extensive access to the best equipment and trade tools in the industry, we’re committed to ensuring our graduates are prepared not just for today but for the future.”
“Chapman is all about innovation, and we are so grateful for this incredible gift that will equip our students in Dodge College with the latest technology for the future of filmmaking,” said campaign co-chair Jim Mazzo.
In 2021, Dodge College became the first film school to install an LED virtual production wall, now in high demand for teaching and student film production in the Digital Media Arts Center on campus. Students have embraced the technology, which allows them to blend the live-action and digital filmmaking worlds – a hybrid form pioneered by Disney’s “The Mandalorian.”
“There are a few moments in history when technology can reshape an art form, and this is one of those moments,” Galloway said. “With AI and virtual production, we’re seeing a technological leap that will completely change how the content we watch gets created.”
A big part of this technological revolution is preparing for what comes next, the dean noted. “We have these advances, so let’s experiment with new ways to create art that we can’t yet imagine,” he added.
“This gift and this moment are inspiring us, and they will also inspire generations to come.”
About Chapman University
Founded in 1861, Chapman University is a nationally ranked private university located in Southern California. Chapman is categorized by the Carnegie Classification as an R2 “high research activity” institution and offers personalized education to more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus has produced a Rhodes Scholar, been named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, and hosts a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. Based in the city of Orange, Chapman also includes the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine. In 2019, the university opened its 11th college, Fowler School of Engineering, in its newest facility, Keck Center for Science and Engineering. Learn more about Chapman University: www.chapman.edu.