PLNU Students Visit CBS and Paramount Studios

Students visiting Paramount Studios Fall 2017

On October 20th a group of 24 PLNU media communication and broadcast journalism students drove up to Los Angeles to tour Paramount Studios and watch a live taping of CBS’ sitcom Man with a Plan.

When first arriving at Paramount, the students went to Technicolor, a company that focuses on sound mixing. They were able to enter a soundstage and watch several sound editors make final touches on the upcoming film Daddy’s Home 2.  They also had the opportunity to  talk with the director, Sean Anders.  Bradley Chinman, senior media comm major, shared his thoughts about his experience.

“Seeing the soundstage where the crew was finishing up the movie Daddy's Home 2 and listening to a scene where they were able to isolate different audio tracks to create an entire environment was an eye-opening experience.”Jonathan Malmin, senior broadcast journalism major, also made the trip up to LA “I'm not a filmmaker, but I am in a semi-adjacent field and I think that this work applied to me as well. Lots of people want to talk about sports, but how many are willing to put in the effort to become a professional sportscaster. He [Sean Anders] gave me confidence that I'll make it.”

The students then heard from an automated dialogue replacement (ADR) artist. This is the process of recording new dialogue after filming because the original live recorded dialogue is unusable. They were also able to enter a Foley stage and learn from Foley artists who create and edit in all the natural sounds heard in films. While it is not noticeable, these two techniques are used in almost every film seen today.

“Between the final sound stage, the Automated Dialogue Replacement stages, and the Foley stage we were able to witness the intricate work put into the making of movies,” said Chinman. “The information that we were given by the professionals who worked at Technicolor was invaluable.”

The next stop stepped away from film and into television. The students visited CBS where they watched a live taping of the hit sit-com Man with a Plan. TV is also a realistic avenue for media com majors, and seeing how sitcoms are produced was a very beneficial experience.

Point TV has hosted several field trips to TV and film studios in the past including DreamWorks Studios, NBC Television Studios, and Universal Studios. This is something the department will continue to do, as it has proven to be very valuable to students wanting to pursue film or television.

“This trip inspired me further to continue along this path because it showed me that making entertainment truly is something large and impactful,” Chinman exclaimed. “It reassures me that these people enjoy what they do, maybe not every moment of it, but they believe that all the hardship, long hours, and tedious work pays off and is worth doing until they can't do it anymore.”

For more information regarding the Point TV field trips, contact Alan Hueth at AlanHueth@pointloma.edu