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Soundstages: Coast to Coast

Whether you’re shooting movies, TV series, specials, music videos, commercials, webisodes or corporate videos you’ll find stages across the country – both well-established and brand new – tailored to meet your needs.

By Christine Bunish

Charles River Studios

Charles River Studios

Canton, Massachusetts
781-364-1891
www.highoutput.com/hob_charles_river_studios.html
Contact: Film + Television Department, High Output

Stages:
Studio A, 7,600 sq. ft.; Studio B, 3,500 sq. ft.; Studio C, 2,400 sq. ft.; all with 24.5 ft. working height

Features:
Drive-in access; 2-wall cyc; permanent 18×35-ft. greenscreen in Studio A; on-site parking.

Projects:
Seth McFarlane feature, Ted; spots for Hasbro, Wendy’s, Bank of America, Hood, Raytheon, McDonald’s, Reebok, Gatorade, Bertucci’s, Stop & Shop

South of Boston, Charles River Studios is adjacent to High Output’s rental warehouse, providing access to equipment and expendables. All of the studios include a suite of production and client offices and make up, wardrobe and green rooms at no extra cost; Studios A (pictured) and B include private baths. There is a studio dining room for clients and a food-styling kitchen within the studio complex.

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios

Chicago, Illinois
773-521-8000
www.chicagofilmstudios.com
Contact: Alex Pissios

Stages:
Five fully-functional, air-conditioned stages now complete

Features:
Planned production offices with connectivity to studios, carpentry shops and paint areas, large wardrobe and dressing rooms, sizable parking areas

Projects:
Two new TV series, Boss and The Playboy Club

Located on nearly 50 acres south of the Loop, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios will include 1.2 million sq.ft. of space when fully built. The complex (pictured) is the brainchild of a family-owned Toronto company whose studios in that city have hosted more than 1,000 films. “We have a solid 25-year track record of building excellent facilities for our Hollywood clients and look forward to finally bringing these facilities to Chicago,” says Cinespace owner Nick Mirkoupoulos.

Comtel Studios

Comtel Studios

North Miami, Florida
305-948-9116
www.comtelinc.com
Contact: Bernard Cottle, sales & marketing/facility services

Stages:
Studio A, approx. 8,000 sq. ft., 18 ft. to grid, which can be manually raised to 28 ft.; Studio B, approx. 7,200 sq. ft., 18 ft. to grid

Features:
Drive-in access and 300-seat capacity in Studio A (pictured); standing sets and chroma green hard cyc in Studio B; AC; catering services area; parking and on-site security; lighting, camera and grip equipment and some props available

Projects:
Clients include Sony Entertainment, MTV Latin America, Ricky Martin Entertainment; NBC Telemundo; music videos and concerts; Nightly Business Report, believed to be TV’s longest-running business program, produced live from Studio B

A one-stop shop for film and video projects of all sizes, 34-year old Comtel Studios is a subsidiary of Miami PBS station, WPBT. In addition to a pair of studios, Comtel offers “editorial and graphics for virtual sets plus office space rentals in a separate building,” notes Bernard Cottle. “We also have domestic uplink and downlink capabilities, international fibre optic connections and can handle webcasts.”

Granite Media Center

Granite Media Center

Tilton, New Hampshire
603-528-7600
www.gmcnh.com
Contact: Bob Callahan, general manager

Stages:
Main Studio (pictured), 9,600 sq. ft., 36 ft. to ceiling; Hard Cyclorama Studio with 60-ft. curved hard cyc and 30-ft. flat screen, lights and control board; three additional studios, 1,600-2,400 sq. ft., for customizing

Features:
52,000-sq. ft. facility includes screening theater, commissary, reception lounge, post and beam barn with 23 production offices, construction shops; drive-in access to Main and Hard Cyc Studios

Backlot:
Four acres of studio grounds; complex abuts 70 acres with pastures, orchards, ponds, wooded riding rink, homestead buildings, barns and stables

Projects:
Indie feature with Michael Madsen; commercials; greenscreen shoots;, pre-tour band rehearsals; New Hampshire primary coverage

Ninety minutes north of Boston, Granite Media Center is private and traffic-free yet in proximity to hospitality amenities, services and suppliers. “Our goal is to make this feel like your production facility when you’re here,” emphasizes Bob Callahan. “We will help access crew and provide logistics support for securing shooting sites, accommodations, catering and other services or supplies. Repeatedly, we hear from both cast and crew how they enjoyed working in such a creative, peaceful and unique setting.”

I-25 Studios

I-25 Studios

Albuquerque, New Mexico
505-822-7115
www.I-25studios.com
Contact: Rick Clemente, CEO

Stages:
Stage A, 26,000 sq. ft.; Stage B (pictured), 27,800 sq. ft.; Stage C, 26,200 sq. ft.; Stage D, 7,500 sq. ft.; Stage E, 10,500 sq. ft.; Stage F, 5,200 sq. ft.; all stages clear to industrial strength I-Beam grid at 23 ft.

Features:
Two mills, prop storage, wardrobe, offices, cafeteria with catering/cooking support, SFX shop; powered base-camp; parking; 15 minutes to airport; 45 minutes to Santa Fe

Backlot:
Main studio building surrounded by 60 acres of open space

Projects:
USA’s In Plain Sight (seasons two, three and four); TNT/LionsGate pilot; Dolce & Gabbana international commercial featuring Scarlet Johansson

Since its launch in 2006, the independently-owned I-25 Studios has been continuously occupied and fully operational; 15 productions have called it home. Able to support multiple simultaneous productions, I-25 opened Stage E last November. “We have an incredible opportunity to bring more productions to New Mexico with these improvements,” says Rick Clemente. I-25 offers a wide range of production services inhouse and through relationships with companies on the lot and outside vendors.

Ironbound Film and Television Studios, LLC

Ironbound Film and Television Studios, LLC

Newark, New Jersey
973-344-4242
www.ironboundfilmstudios.com
Contact: Norman Schoenfeld, partner/business strategy & development

Stages:
Stage A, 8,000 sq. ft.; Stage B, 3,500 sq. ft.; Insert Stages C-1 and C-2, each 475 sq. ft.; all approximately 14 ft. to grid

Features:
Three kitchens, one an industrial prep/shooting kitchen; 11.5 bathrooms, most with walk-in, rain-style showers; on-premises parking

Backlot:
30,000 sq. ft. of shooting space on deck areas

Projects:
Current TV’s Bar Karma series on Stage A (pictured); network projects and commercials booked through the fall

Although Ironbound Film and Television Studios officially opens in September, the renovated turn-of-the-century warehouse within minutes of Newark International Airport and an easy commute to Manhattan has already hosted a cable series and has more projects scheduled. “The whole facility is designed to be a shooting space,” notes Norman Schoenfeld, including 6,500 sq. ft. of stay-and-shoot loft-style accommodations for housing or sets. “We can customize the space with cycs and greenscreens, and also provide production services and equipment rentals.”

Occidental Studios

Occidental Studios

East Hollywood, California
213-384-3331
www.occidentalstudios.com
Contact: Ricky Stoutland, president

Stages:
Main lot: Stage 1, 14,000 sq. ft., 54 ft. to ceiling, 45 to truss; Stage 2, 8,600 sq. ft., 26 ft. to ceiling, 24 to pipe grid; Stage 3, 8,200 sq. ft., 19 ft. to grid; Stage 4, 1,200 sq. ft., 14 ft. to grid; eight stages from 4,000 to 43,000 sq. ft. at five LA-area locations

Features:
$5-million lighting and grip department; 35,000 sq. ft. of offices on main lot; AC; greenscreen cycs; set dressing, props; 200-car parking on main lot
Backlot:
Practical locations available for shooting at various Occidental studio lots

Projects:
FX’s Sons of Anarchy and Paramount’s My Mother’s Curse currently in production on Occidental lots

Occidental’s new Stage 1 (artist’s conception pictured) joins three others and 6,000 sq. ft. of offices in the new four-story production center on the main lot. The historic lot was built in 1913 and is arguably the oldest continuously operating studio in Hollywood; the original stage was home to Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith and Cecil B. DeMille. “We want to keep business in LA, and our clients were asking for more stage space on our main lot so we made the decision to build the new soundstage and offices,” says Ricky Stoutland. “When you shoot here now you get the best of both worlds – old Hollywood and new Hollywood.”

PC&E

PC&E

Atlanta, Georgia
404-609-9001
www.pce-atlanta.com
Contact: Mark Wofford, general manager

Stages:
Three hard-cyc soundstages from 1,600 to 9,000 sq. ft.; 21-ft. lighting grids in two larger stages, 13-ft. grid in nearby turnkey stage

Features:
Newly-renovated support facilities include production offices, conference room, make up, wardrobe, canteen; covered bays with truck-height docks for both stages at main location and loading roll-up door at turnkey space; AC; food-styling kitchen; gated parking lot for productions

Projects:
Major features, Turner television promos, national commercials, still shoots, corporate programming

Deeply rooted in the community for almost 30 years, PC&E’s stage facilities (pictured) are located in midtown Atlanta about 25 minutes from the airport. “We’re known for our excellent customer service and providing just about everything that clients, especially our commercial clients, are looking for,” says stage manager Guilherme “Bill” Villarinho. Camera, lighting and grip equipment and expendables departments at the main location provide easy access to reliable gear; production offices and set-building services are available in the neighborhood.

Picture This Production Services

Picture This Production Services

Portland, Oregon
503-235-3456
www.pixthis.com
Contact: Ben Olberg, production manager

Stages:
Stage A (pictured), 3,000 sq. ft., 18 ft. to ceiling; new Stage B, approx. 625-sq. ft. shooting space, 12 ft. to grid; both drive-in access

Features:
Dressing room, wardrobe, make up, green room, video feed to stage, working kitchen, 2-wall hard cyc in Stage A; production office, bathroom, 25-ft. single-wall hard cyc in Stage B, which is pre-lit for casting; parking

Projects:
Promo shoot for new NBC series, Grimm; Intel corporate; local and regional commercials

As a grip, lighting and camera rental house, Picture This Production Services offers full equipment packages, crewing and production services to stage customers with convenient single billing. “We can handle as much or as little of a production as the client wants,” notes Ben Olberg. “We have a wide range of lights, tungsten fixtures, Kino Flos, HMIs plus a 3-ton grip truck.” Customers favor the economical 25×40-ft. roll-out greenscreen, which saves on paint and labor costs.

Sanborn Studios, LLC

Sanborn Studios, LLC

Sarasota, Florida
941-359-6800
www.sanbornstudiosllc.com
Contact: Brad Lindberg, David Lindberg, sales and marketing consultants

Stages:
Stage A, 9,072 sq. ft. with lighting grid; Stage B (pictured), 8,694 sq. ft. with lighting grid and greenscreen; 30,000-sq. ft. airport facility available for postproduction and hangar/soundstage

Features:
Production offices, hair/make up and wardrobe; lighting and grip equipment; HD and 35mm cameras; production trucks and generators; AC to film studio standards; parking; variety of aircraft, vehicles, and go-fast boats with gyro-stabilized cameras

Backlot:
Located in Lakewood Ranch whose Main Street serves as Sanborn Studios’ own backlot with Rodeo Drive-type shops and dining; also country roads, lakes, farms, industrial locations and sand mines

Projects:
Feature film Miami 24/7

“Sanborn Studios is a full-service production facility with two facilities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties,” says CEO Ken Sanborn. “The primary complex is our 30,000-square-foot studio in Lakewood Ranch. It includes soundstages, postproduction facilities and offices that will provide a great venue to produce quality TV and movies in a beautiful setting. It is the only studio in Florida that offers a full grip and lighting department, an extensive camera department, postproduction facilities and crews under one roof.”

Spiderwood Studios

Spiderwood Studios

Austin, Texas
512-332-0060
www.spiderwoodstudios.com
Contact: Lori Madrid, director of marketing and operations

Stages:
Four fully-equipped motion picture soundstages from 1,200 to 6,500 sq. ft. with 24×100 ft. 2-wall pre-lit cyc and 15×20 ft. neoprene foam-back greenscreen

Features:
Full-service audio and postproduction suites, control room, edit bays, animation, render farm; production offices, make up and hair; artificial snow and rain capabilities; steel catwalk; R.V. park

Backlot:
Situated on 200 acres along the banks of the Colorado River with rolling hills, open pastures, river frontage, dense forest areas and more

Projects:
Feature films, television, animation, music recording, national and international commercials, still shoots, corporate programming

A full-service motion picture, music, animation studio and production company, Spiderwood Studios (pictured) was founded in 2009 by producer Tommy G. Warren. It has become a major part of the motion-picture industry thanks to its extensive facilities and 200-acre backlot. Spiderwood Studios is a two-hour non-stop flight from LA and New York and is located 15 minutes from Austin Bergstrom International Airport and luxury hotels.

Universal Studios Production Group at Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Production Group at Universal Studios Florida

Orlando, Florida
877-612-3737
www.universalstudios.com/studio/florida
Contact: Pamela Tuscany, vice president/general manager

Stages:
Eight soundstages from 8,000 to 22,000 sq. ft. upgraded in 2010; elephant door motors and controllers; innovative trolley beam system

Features:
Stages accommodate any lighting power requirements; silent AC; areas adjacent to soundstages covered by canopy; production center includes production offices, warehouse space, 60+ production vendors and services from catering to full equipment rentals

Backlot:
Universal Studios Florida Backlot offers wide variety of fully-dressed locations, including New York streets, Hollywood Blvd., residences, parks and waterfronts, fishing village, interior library and other interiors; Islands of Adventure features 2,000-seat amphitheater; Universal CityWalk includes nightclubs, shops, pedestrian traffic, two stages; Wet ‘n Wild has sand beach, beach club stage, Surf Lagoon wave pool; additional locations available at three resort hotels

Projects:
Tooth Fairy 2, Letters To God, Family Feud, Powerball Lottery, MTV/The Inbetweeners Golf Channel’s The Feherty Show; commercials for Bose, KFC, NASCAR, Direct Buy, Tag Heuer, Gatorade, Krystal, Muscle Milk, Snickers

Universal Studios Florida Production Group is “constantly upping standards and improvements so that our stages equal and surpass any facility in the world,” says Pamela Tuscany. “Add in our hundred-plus backlot locations, world-class resorts and the State of Florida’s tax incentive and we are an unsurpassed production package.”


November 29, 2012