Situated at the Media Technology Center downtown, the video
lab is part of the Instructional Media services, which is directed
by Barbara Voigt. Over the years, Nitta has tried to obtain
the best video equipment for his students. Today, the Video
Communication Lab can boast some of the most high-tech computerized
editing equipment (Avid and Final Cut Pro). Three levels of
classes (beginner, intermediate, advanced) in the visual communication
major have produced successful students who now work in local
and mainland companies or have gone on to prestigious institutions
such as the London Film School.
The communication lab also has the capability to do professional
grade DVDs and software to create special effects, and Nitta
and his staff regularly help faculty with special projects.
“My students are successful only if they have a professional
attitude and are ready to not cut corners,” said Nitta. He pushes
his students to try harder to make that extra effort. “If students
are thinking of making this their career, they have to have
the passion. Nothing comes easy and so goes Visual communication.
One has to live and breathe it, and put in a huge amount of
time and effort to get the work done.”
The resources for the communication lab were originally developed
with the help of Jacqueline Langley. She had nothing but praise
“He is the techi person and my partner,” she said. “I couldn’t
ask for a better person to help make the Visual Communication
department a success. We have the same work ethics; we both
put our best foot forward and push the students to work harder.
Some of them say we are mean! But working hard is for their
own good. Mark is a valuable asset for our University and will
be one of the main reasons HPU has become a top school in the
visual communication department,” Langley said.
One of Nitta’s successful students, Fredrik Larsson, is currently
studying graphic design at the California State University Los
Angeles. After graduating from HPU in May 2001, Larsson worked
at the local NBC affiliate, Channel 8. He is grateful to Nitta
and the communication lab. “Some of the stuff that I learned
at HPU—animation, dealing with computer equipment and editing
equipment—is helping me reach my goal of one day becoming a
successful film director. Mark is the driving force of the communication
lab and has inspired me to work harder.”
Another recent, successful student was also on the Kaho’olawe
project. Phil Ajolo is working for Olelo, local public access
“The video communication lab and Mark gave me an insight in
not only production but also the business aspect of film making.
He got me hooked! I never saw him as a teacher. He was a friend
who was always on my side when I needed him, ” said Ajolo.
One of the masterminds behind the Kaho’olawe project is one
of Nitta’s current students, Jackson Bauer, who expressed similar
thoughts. “Mark really goes all out to make sure that students
have all the tools to be successful. He makes that extra effort
which inspires us to work harder.”