As well as attracting all the great and good of Russian film making, the 90th anniversary celebrations for VGIK, the All-Russian State University of Cinematography in Moscow, had a special guest of honour: Vladimir Putin, seen here admiring the dubbing stage's DFC console.
Founded in 1919 by the film director Vladimir Gardin with faculty teachers having included award-winning actors such as Alexei Batalov, and the renowned directors Eisenstein and Pudovkin, VGIK claims to be the oldest film school in the world. And thanks to a recent refurbishment and a thorough upgrade to its facilities, it can also claim to be among the best equipped.
Although VGIK is now designated a university (having been an Institute until 2007), it is used for commercial work as well as teaching â€“ hence the specification of top quality equipment. This included a complete networked audio solution supplied by AMS Neve, and delivered in two phases.
The first stage, commissioned at the beginning of 2009, included an AMS Neve DMC mixing console, three 48-track AudioFile SC/X and one 96-track CineFile editing workstations and two Neve 1073 dual mic preamps. The second stage, installed in time for Mr Putin's visit, added the 56-fader DFC Gemini for the dubbing stage, plus three further CineFile systems (one 96-track and two 48-track).
The guests were impressed â€“ not least the Russian prime minister, who was later heard encouraging directors of other Moscow-based facilities to upgrade their own dubbing stage consoles with DFCs.
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