Local Social Network for the Arts Community in Central Valley
The goals for The Fresno Production Studio Project are to provide competitive and comprehensive facilities to strengthen the production industry in Fresno by expanding local filmmaking opportunities as well as attracting opportunities from elsewhere. The facility will be flexible enough to be valuable for motion picture, television, and online productions, stadium concert tour rehearsals, photography, and other functions requiring large state-of-the-art studio space.
Fresno is mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It is approximately a 3 1/2 hour drive from either city center. In a few years, once the bullet train is operating, Fresno will be approximately 1 1/2 hours from the cities.
The City of Fresno is extremely film-friendly, not charging for film permits or use of City property (see http://www.fresnofilm.com/) .
The developing plans of The Fresno Production Studio Project are for a large facility on approximately 4 acres to include a 12,000 sq ft (120’ x 100’ x 30’) stage with an in-floor water tank; a 4,900 sq ft (70’ x 70’ x 25’) audience-rated stage with a hard cyc; production office space; catering and food services; a screening room/99-seat theater; and subsidized retail office space for support services such as grip, expendables, post-production, local production companies, audio services, and casting.
Further, the non-profit organization created from Fresno Filmmakers Forum will be committed to the community and the planet.
As such, The Fresno Production Studio Project expects to be an economic-development endeavor to support an economically-depressed region in Southwest Fresno by creating sustainable job opportunities and formal training opportunities within the Fresno Production Studio.
The Fresno Production Studio will also employ cutting-edge applications of environmentally-friendly processes in construction, operation, and maintenance. These will include the best thinking for HVAC, lighting, water, greenery, and other resource usages.
The Fresno Production Studio Project is in development and welcomes comments, suggestions, and expressions of interest.
Michael R. Barnard, Chair, The Fresno Production Studio Project