Film Production Company to Build New Facility in DeWitt

Mar 6, 2014

Students working on a degree in television or film in Central New York will soon have access to unprecedented technology and training opportunities. This week, Governor Cuomo announced the formation of the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries, which should create at least 350 new high-tech jobs and 150 construction jobs in our area.

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Director Ihor Podolchak shoots a scene in the film Delirium in 2008
Credit Tamara podolchak (Own work) / Wikimedia Commons
The facility in DeWitt will provide a cutting-edge visual production technology and research center that will specialize in providing advanced visual production to the area's growing film and television industry. will rent space to startups. The center’s first tenant, California-based company The Film House, will move its company headquarters, production, post-production, and distribution operations to Syracuse.  Syracuse University film program coordinator Owen Shapiro says it changes everything about hands-on training for his students:   

 Shapiro says another major benefit to working and shooting in our area is that it’s cheaper for film producers and more accessible than some major metropolitan areas. The new facility will be close enough for students to get involved, far enough from congestion and noise to allow movie makers their creative space, and centrally located for a wide variety of filming locations:

 

The facility will be led and partially funded by The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, a part of the SUNY system, and is based on a seven-year growth plan. Onondaga County has invested $1.4 million on site work, ensuring the entire business park is shovel ready, and the county IDA has programs in place to assist the new tenants. Construction should be finished by early October at the Collamer Crossings Business Park. 

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