The Buffalo movie scene raises the heat once again. This time Cindy Abbott-Letro, chairman of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, Matt Fleckenstein, executive director and Founder of Buffalo Buffalo, and Mayor Byron W. Brown announced that a new sound stage and studio facilities would be built. a 27-acre plot on South Park Avenue.
Fleckenstein, a multi-candidate Emmy writer and producer with 15+ years of experience in the design, writing and production of television programs, leads the way, which will play an important role in providing filmmakers with experienced professionals and favorable conditions for film cities (such as Buffalo). ) to excel in the field of competition.
Executive Director Matt Fleckenstein said of the project: “Buffalo Studios will be the first true Hollywood studio in West New York, bringing unique sound opportunities to the cities of Buffalo for major film and television projects and offering jobs in the film industry across West New York. does. ”
Currently, there is no comparable sound stage / studio in the region, and business is often given to Canadian institutions.
The first phase of work to clean up the site begins thanks to the NYS Brownfield cleanup program – the site was a steel plant. Initially, the 10 acres will be struggling, allowing for 6 stages, including support and office space. Upon completion, the campus will offer state-of-the-art studios with sound stages for films, television and commercial shows.
This is a great deal for Buffalo. Over the years, the city has begun to attract some powerful films, while making a profit in the process. This new project takes Buffalo to a whole new level – these are the types of production conditions that film fans have been calling for for years.
“As my administration continues its commitment to increasing access and opportunities for city residents working in the film and television industries, today’s announcement is that the second largest studio in our community is thriving, Buffalo is the home of cinemas. , people want to come here and they want to make movies, ”said Mayor Byron W. Brown, who was ready for the declaration and welcomed the investment in the city. “I would like to thank Matt Fleckenstein, the designer and developer of western New York, the writer and producer of the many Emmy nominations, for his great commitment to this project at a time of economic uncertainty due to the global health pandemic COVID-19. gaining local income and further developing Buffalo’s growing industry ”.
“This project has been around for a long time – my office first met with Matt again in February 2019 – and today’s announcement is a testament to the commitment that Matt and Adam have – not just for Buffalo Studios, but for Buffalo and Western New York in overall, ”said Sen. Tim Kennedy.“ This facility is exactly the kind of project that policymakers are looking at when strengthening programs like the Brownfield Credit Regime that helps shovel the site or when we’re fighting for a New York state tax credit. who have contributed to its implementation Buffalo is the best location for filmmakers. I applaud Matt and the entire Buffalo Studio team for seeing them and look forward to making this invaluable investment. ”
“The Buffalo Studio not only brings jobs to the city, but also offers research partnerships with the University of Buffalo to train students in the full spectrum of film and animation production,” Fleckenstein said. “This will allow future generations of Buffalo to learn the latest technology and skills in filmmaking and other shows and be able to work in their backyard.”
“The potential to add about 50-75% more producers and showrooms at Media Study at UB, where the number of majors is now more than 250 students and 35 graduate students, mostly from New York State, has been eliminated. and internationally to study at UB, ”said Dr. Tom Philly, head of media studies at UB, who welcomed the project with applause.“ Bringing downtown is really our open destiny at the department and where we are – most students and our teachers live in the city center and most of their art is located there. Having a satellite campus on the Buffalo Studios property is an amazing opportunity. ”
The project is expected to be completed approximately by the end of spring 2021 with the completion of the project by the end of 2022.
Buffalo Studios has developed additional partnerships and joint efforts to ensure the success of the project, including working with economic development representatives and local industry union leaders, including: Local Mechanics of Local Cinema 52 and the International Union of Theater Workers, Motion Picture Technicians, Artists and Artists United States.