Austin Film Society, in partnership with the City of Austin, is thrilled to announce the completion of the Creative Media Center at Austin Studios, a 20-acre production facility. The new Creative Media Center and the adjacent Stage 7 expand Austin Studios by 38,500 Sq. Ft. of space available for short term production rentals or long-term leases to independent filmmakers, production companies, and other businesses in the field.
Austin Studios is a collaborative and synergistic facility that supports Austin’s dynamic film and creative community. Through its campus expansion, Austin Film Society is positioned for significant additional impact on Austin’s film/television sector, including the creation of new jobs, more accessible spaces for emerging artists, and independent, locally-owned film-related businesses.
With construction of the shell and core completed, AFS will soon open the Creative Media Center at Austin Studios. The adapted former Armory building will feature 15,000 Sq. Ft. of leasable office space situated around a central lobby and shared meeting, screening, and break room amenities; Stage 7 includes 23,500 Sq. Ft. of production space. Fronting Tilley Street, the building is framed by native grass lawns, courtyards, and a public art installation. The project is a result of a partnership with the City of Austin, who provided $5.4MM in 2012 Bond Funds for design and initial construction.
Since 2000, Austin Studios has provided much-needed infrastructure to the moving image industries, catalyzing the region as a hub for film and media production, drawing more than 625 productions to the region and generating more than 8,000 jobs and a $2.1 billion economic impact. In addition to film and television productions who use the campus on a short-term basis, Austin Studios is also home to 18 film and film-related companies, mostly small and independent businesses, including Richard Linklater’s Detour Filmproduction, Chapman Leonard Studio Equipment Inc., Rooster Teeth, MPS Camera & Lighting, the casting agencies of Beth Sepko and Vicky Boone, and others. Being co-located at Austin Studios, the tenants of the new Creative Media Center will be able to benefit from the many production services and amenities already offered on the campus, including camera rentals, casting services, stage rentals, large cyclorama, and mill/wardrobe space.