Education at the highest level

The Academy of Television and Film (HFF) in Munich has relocated to a new, state-of-the-art €100 million building in the center of the city, equipped with the latest ARRI lighting and camera technology. Designed by Cologne-based architect Peter Boehm, the new facility is constructed in concrete and glass, and houses teaching resources that include auditoriums and professional studios.

In order to educate its students in current technologies and practices, the Academy has built two film studios and two television studios, which have been equipped with up-to-the-minute ARRI lighting products. In fact, the HFF studios are among the first in the world to be fitted out with ARRI L-Series LED fixtures, reflecting the Academy's position as one of Europe's leading film schools.

Combining the efficiency of LED-based lighting with the versatility of traditional tungsten Fresnels, the L-7 lights from ARRI represent a milestone in the integration of LED technology into the film and television lighting industries. The 36 L-7 fixtures installed by the Academy will facilitate huge energy savings, while giving students the best possible tools with which to learn their craft.

The studios are also equipped with ARRI 1K and 2K tungsten fixtures, ARRI daylight fixtures ranging from 575-watt up to 4K, suspension and lighting control systems, and LED backlights. All of this equipment was supplied by ARRI Lighting Solutions, which was responsible for planning and installing the lighting setup in each of the four studios. In addition to these state-of-the art lighting installations the HFF has purchased three ARRI ALEXA cameras.

ARRI lights were also evident at the high-profile opening gala of the new building. As well as L-7 fixtures, ARRI Event lights were used to illuminate the proceedings, alongside the hugely powerful and Academy Award-winning 18K ARRIMAX. For a second event, celebrating the opening of the now fully equipped studios, the foyer and hallways were temporarily equipped with further lighting equipment from ARRI Rental to create a party atmosphere.

The Academy is delighted with the cutting-edge ARRI equipment now residing in its state-of-the-art new building. Peter Slansky, Professor of Technology at the HFF, comments, "With our partners from the lighting industry we are able to offer our students a working environment that you simply won't find at another German university. With this optimum of professional technology we can offer an education at the highest level."