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Resolution Digital Studios To Open New Complex in Chicago

Builds new $7.5 million, multi-level high definition studio & sound stage complex (March 04, 2005)

Resolution Digital Studios will open the doors to its new $7.5 million dollar, multi-level, high definition studio & sound stage complex this spring. The 32,000 square foot newly constructed facility is Chicagos first from-the-ground-up sound stage complex. The production-ready facility is fully equipped with high definition technology and plenty of multiple-use space to serve the varied needs of such industry professionals as filmmakers, ad agencies, corporate clients and special event planners among others.

Resolution Digital Studios is the newest division of Show Department, Inc. an established international staging company that was founded by Lee Facklis and Jeff Facklis in 1983 and continues to be owned and operated by the brothers 22 years later. The new studio complex stands adjacent to Show Departments existing 50,000-sq. ft. building and is located at 2226 W. Walnut Street on the Citys near west side. Construction of the three-story RDS complex began in August of 2003. Show Departments general manager, John Kavanagh, estimates RDS construction costs at $4.5 million, plus an additional $3 million in equipment and support investments.

The FIRST FLOOR features a 5,600-sq. ft. main stage, with a 30-ft. high ceiling; a 60 x 30 x 18 high two wall curved cyc and two exposed brick walls; dressing room/green room, conference room and enclosed heated dock.

The SECOND FLOOR features a 1,000-sq. ft. green screen stage, a 2,200-sq. ft. apartment set with exposed brick walls, lighting grid, an operational kitchen set, a bathroom set and a view of the city skyline. A full perimeter catwalk overlooks the entire main stage. The second floor also includes four edit suites, a core control room, a media library, and a lounge.

Two multi-purpose stages are located on the THIRD FLOOR. The first is a 7,000-sq. ft. stage with an open grid ceiling for lighting and southern and eastern views of the city skyline. The second area is a 1,000-sq. ft. insert stage. Also available on the third floor are client enclosed offices, cubicle production offices, conference room, screening room, two dressing rooms with showers, professional working kitchen, lounge area and offices for RDS staff.

A 360 view of the city can be viewed from an open air ROOF DECK that is video cable and power ready with convenient stairway access. The position offers a vantage point for shooting city sites such as the downtown skyline and the Lake Street El.

All stages are connected to the core control room.

RDS has a full array of HD production gear, including Sony F900/3 1080/24P cameras, Avid Nitris HD, Avid Adrenaline and Final Cut Pro edit suites, a ProTools HD audio suite, and dedicated lighting packages, which can be supplemented with Show Departments extensive inventory of conventional and intelligent lights. Other services available onsite, include: video projection systems, audio systems, a scenic shop, draperies, muslin cycs, scrims, spandex sails, an extensive projection screen inventory and custom screen fabrication.

?For all of the other technical aspects like jibs, cranes and grip trucks, explains Kavanagh, ?Resolution Digital Studios will work in conjunction with our various freelance alliances, or our clients can choose to bring in their preferred resources. The studio facility, Kavanagh emphasizes, ?will play an important role in supporting Show Departments existing clients who need shooting space or post capabilities but RDS is also a way to broaden our client base.

Charged with expanding the client base is Evie Silvers who recently joined Resolution Digital Studios as the facilitys full time sales manager. A 15-year production veteran formerly with Post Effects, Evie will oversee all aspects of facility sales. ?This facility is large and extremely versatile it allows us to serve a diverse customer base, Silvers notes ?from independent or Hollywood filmmakers to commercial spot production, webcasting, rehearsal space, corporate meetings, parties and special events. We are making a serious effort to bring film and production back to Chicago.

2226 West Walnut Street
Chicago, IL 60612
PH 312.846.4226

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