Austin Film Society launches new $ 5.4 million Creative Media Center – Sightlines


Austin Film Society’s latest addition to its 20-acre production facility is ready for its close-up.

The new $ 5.4 million Creative Media Center and adjacent Stage 7 provide an additional 38,500 square feet of space to Austin Studios. The project is funded by a City of Austin bond approved by voters in 2012.

“The city of Austin has proven to be a visionary partner in the film industry,” said Richard Linklater, Founder and Artistic Director of AFS. “They commissioned Austin Film Society to create this installation 20 years ago, helped us turn airplane hangars into sound stages in 2006, and worked with us to create a building that will provide essential space for filmmakers. self-employed and small businesses. “

The center has a scalable and flexible space designed to accommodate short-term production rentals or long-term leases to independent filmmakers, production companies and other companies in the field. A central hall and meeting spaces will be available for community use. And Stage 7 is available for various short or long term rentals.

The building that houses the new Creative Media Center is a former Texas National Guard armory, a holdover from when the Austin Studios property was part of the former Robert Mueller Municipal Airport. An adaptive reuse project, the center was designed by global architecture firm Gensler and is LEED certified

Also set for its premiere, Eric Eley’s is “Split Diopter,” a large-scale sculpture commissioned by the city’s Art in Public Places program. Located in front of the new Creative Media Center, the sculpture is a tribute to the lens of the film camera. Composed of ceramic blocks supported by an internal steel structure, “Split Diopter” is illuminated internally by LED lights in the three colors that make up all the projected images: red, blue and green.

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