Eötvös Loránd University video production studio managed by the Faculty of Science was registered at the Main Directorate of Films. The studio ELTE Video Production Studio was named after the university by abbreviating its initial letters. This studio complex is remarkably equipped and unique at its broadcast technology. Currently, the staff consist only two colleagues, who have been working full-time for the studio from the beginning. However, during production works other associates join, too. These research teams have made already two hundred films throughout the last decades. Public service television networks have chosen to broadcast several films from the Studio’s repertoire. The Studio has won numerous awards for their educational films, documentaries and reference films, both in Hungarian and foreign film festivals. The latest work a documentary titled ELTE-56’ entered into the 37th Hungarian Film Festival Competition Screenings.
Over fifteen thousand education films have been sold on videotapes. Also, by the contribution of the Studio’s staff, eight multimedia CDs have been placed on the market. Education is getting a growing importance in the Studio’s activities. In all semesters, a huge group of thirty-forty students attend the specialized seminars. The seminar attracts students from five different faculties, which promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to learning. The huge variety of subjects set the ground for the successful preparation for a new M.Sc. degree course Science Communication starting in September 2011.
The idea of making a high-level documentary about the present and recent past of Eötvös Loránd University was born in 2003. The 40-minute documentary Minerals and People (Ásványok és emberek) was finished that year. The film presents the history of the University Collection of Minerals with the researchers’ lives. In 2004, the story of university-level maths teaching was filmed. The documentary A set with only one element (Egyelemű halmaz) reflects the conflicts of the time at the university. The following year, as the university’s jubilee was about to come, the Studio decided to focus on the events of 1956 and the role of ELTE in the revolution. It produced the film ELTE-56’. The Hungarian Historical Film Foundation provided a generous support to aid film production at the Studio. All the films were broadcasted respectively on the Hungarian Television’s public service channel.
The sculpture Dante and Virgil (Dante és Vergilius), made by István Buda, stands in the backyard of the university building located at 21-23 in Szerb street. This work of art is the main topic of the 10-minute short film The light coming from the past lights the future (A múltból jövő fény világítja meg a jövőt).
In 2007 ELTE Video Production Studio undertook engineering and expert consultancy for Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church to establish a new video production studio. This studio became the first HD studio in Hungary.
A significant book on mycology titled The Mycologist (Gombaszakértői praktikum) was published in 2008. Furthermore, the Studio made a 35-minute supplementary video available on DVD. In the summer of 2008 a highly popular television campaign Wish you good education (Jó iskolát kívánunk!) was released attracting nearly ten million viewers. The Studio’s inner and outsider workers edited the short movies to the show.
Three ”innovation” short films were made depicting three prominent researchers working at ELTE. Due to their consistent work in research and development, they created successful products that contributed to build a good reputation for the University.
Publish House MOZAIK ordered the recording of forty-five chemistry experiments. The film was made and edited in HD quality, designed specifically for interactive whiteboard applications.
ELTE won the application 4.1.2. Social Renewal Operational Programme (TÁMOP) in 2009, which gave the opportunity to establish a university-level film collection. Each department that had dealt with filmmaking during the previous decades could participate in the work. The collection includes about 200 education films suitable for varied courses. The Studio has provided 110 films for the collection. 40% of the films are available online, the rest are found in the production studios and libraries. The website is available at: http://dspace.elte.hu/dspace/
The rector of ELTE assigned the Studio to make a reportage documentary series Scientist Portray (Tudósportré) in the academic year 2009-2010. Therefore, 10 reportage films about the most remarkable scientists of the university from the last 50 years were presented with their life stories. These films were uploaded to the University Film Collection (Egyetemi Filmtár) website.
In 2010 the Studio produced the documentary And I cry, I a son of the Polish land… (Így kiáltok én, lengyel föld fia…) was screened in several venues. The film focuses on the Polish Solidarity Movement originated from the trade union movement that led to a massive social resistance. Filmmakers applied a great deal of archive footage and edited a number of reports. The film was made on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Solidarity Movement (started in August 1980) by the collaboration of ELTE Video Production Studio, Dunatáj Foundation, The Embassy of The Republic of Poland and Layota.
Post-production work relating to the reportage film Predictio pro futuro finished in 2012. Considering its topic, the film belongs to university historical films’ category.
ELTE Video Production Studio is operating at Science Communication Centre and UNESCO Multimedia Centre for Pedagogy.
ELTE Video Production Studio’ website.