Saved by the bell. For a time it looked like this legendary Bay Area facility was a goner. The former Kerner Stage had announced its closure and they even sold off much of their lighting and grip gear. Then it was announced that out of the ashes a new facility was to open, and 32Ten Studios was announced. This new incarnation of the stage is employee owned. Tim partirdge former, manager of the effects and 3D departments at Kerner is now the new studio president. Along with other former employees and other talent we are all happy that things will be kept going.
At approximately 6000 square feet the stage is one of the largest sound stages in the Bay Area, it features a 30 foot high grid and two walled coved green screen. In additon to the stage there is a fantastic, beatuful 138 seat screening room. In addition to the stage they carry on the tradition of minatures and pyrotechnics. Renowned artists form the former ILM model shop will create the "most realistic and spectacular FX sequences imaginable". In additon to was is probably the most experienced and talented minature team on the planet, they will compliment this with a complete CG pipeline. With the best of both worlds at their disposal and their mssion to be able to provide support for projects with all levels of budget this is a facility to keep your eyes on.
In addition to the great tradition that this stage has provided in the past, part of the new facility will guarantee the next generation of great image makers. Utilizing part of the facility that was the original ILM headquarters the 32TEN studios will offer world class training programs. They will offer special effects film camp, specialized training and professional development workshops. With their expertise, their real world experience and contacts, this just might be the school that will attract talent from here and abroad.
At the risk of being a name dropper, here are some of the films that have been shot at this facility
Pirates of the Carribean
The Mummy films
Star Trek Series
Back to the Future
and more... Come on people someone out there must have the next film that will be added to this industry legacy? We e glad they are here and happy to include them in our selection of noteworthy local facilities. Find a way to check them out, you won't be disappointed.