»Marion Knott Studios

Unique in higher education, this 76,000-square-foot Marion Knott Studios was specifically designed from the ground up to replicate a working production studio. From sound stages to state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs with every program needed for pre- and post-production, design and special effects to our 500-seat Folino Theater to showcase your end result or host an amazing event, this building is a living, breathing creative space open 24/7 for your use.

But it doesn’t end there. For our production students, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot either HD or film for your thesis projects. And all of our student productions are well managed through a detailed green light process by a team of faculty and staff to ensure that all your basic production needs are met.

And the technology just keeps getting better. You’ll learn quickly that our philosophy is to never settle, so we are constantly upgrading our equipment to make sure our students are learning on industry-standard tools. Every year the needs of our students are assessed and new cameras are bought, computers are upgraded, and additional software is purchased. And it’s nothing but the best from day one for our students. As a freshman, you will be shooting on high-definition cameras in our Introduction to Visual Storytelling class.

Truly there is no better facility than Marion Knott Studios, but seeing is believing. That’s why we encourage every prospective student to schedule a tour to visit Dodge College.


 2 sound stages (2500 and 5000 sq. ft.)

    Cinematography and Directing insert stage

    Television and Broadcast Journalism Hi-Def stage and control room

    Foley stage

    Motion Capture stage

    Locker rooms, hair/makeup studio, green room

    2 Audition Rooms

    Set Design shop

    Production Design studio

    Production Management Office with Computers, Phones, Fax, Printers, and Meeting Space

    2 computer labs

    36 individual editing suites

    3 mixing studios

    Spirit 4K Datacine

    500-seat Folino Theater with Kinoton 35mm projectors, Barco 2K digital projector and Dolby Digital surround sound


    4 Sony F-65

    10 Sony F5

    5 Sony F3

    3 Sony PMW-320

    2 RED One MX   

    2 Arriflex 35mm BL

    5 Arriflex Super 16mm SR

    10 Panasonic AF-100

    10 Panasonic HVX 200

    15 Panasonic HMC 150

    5 Panasonic 3D cameras

    20 GoPro Hero

    175 HD cameras for introductory classes


    11 Tascam HS-P82 recorders

    16 Timecode slates

    5 Edirol R-4 Pro recorders

    16 Edirol R-44 recorders

    10 Zoom H4N

    20 Fostex FR-2 recorders

    10 Sign Video ENG-44 mixers

    4 Behringer Xenyx 2442 mixers

    30 Audio Technica 4071 shotgun mic

    30 Audio Technica 4073 shotgun mic

    30 Audio Technica 4051 shotgun mic

    24 Audio Technica Wireless kits

    2 Audio Technica 835ST stereo mic

    12 Sanken COS-11s lavaliere

    30 Sony ECM-44b lavaliere

    2 Timecode slates

    6 Lectrosonics Wireless Kits

    40 Boompoles

+-Grip & Electric

    12 1800W M18 HMI

    19 Mole 2KW Studio Solar Spot

    2 Mole 2KW Junior Solar Spot

    3 Mole 2KW "Zip" Softlight

    20 Mole 1KW Baby Solar Spot

    10 4' 4-Bank Kino Flo

    13 Kino Flo Diva 400

    2 Kino Flo Diva 200

    4 Kino Flo 9" Mini Flo

    34 Light Kits

    1 2-Ton Grip Truck

    4 Doorway (Western) Dolly

    7 Skateboard Dolly

    2 12x12 Overhead Package

    8 8x8 Overhead Package

    3 6x6 Butterfly Package

    10 4x4 Shiny Board

    200 C-Stands

    Lots of Flags and Sandbags

+-Computers & Software

HP Dual Intel XEON 3.2 GHz workstations with 12GB RAM and 1024MB (1 Gigabyte) Video RAM each

    Avid Media Composer

    Avid Symphony

    Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve

    Qube Render Farm System

    Avid DVD by Sonic

    Avid iNews Client

    Avid Pro Tools


    Entertainment Partners (Budgeting, Scheduling)

    Final Draft

    Sony Creative Software (Vegas Pro, ACID Pro, DVD Architect Pro)

    Autodesk (Maya, 3ds Max, Motion Builder, Smoke)

    Adobe Creative Suite

    Blu-ray® Disc Authoring

    Google SketchUp


+-Media Library

    DVD Library

    Blu-ray® Library

    VHS Library

    Film Print & Laserdisc Collection

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Virtual Tour

View photos of Marion Knott Studios - from classrooms to soundstages - in our Virtual Tour album on Flikr.

Virtual Tour Photos.

Learn More

Discover more about the pre-production, production, post-production, equipment, technology and spaces available to students at Dodge College.

Marion Knott Studios: What's Inside.

Students learn lighting and directing on the Cinematography and Directing insert stages.