Owner and president Carleton Holt is leasing half of a 30,000-square-foot industrial building that includes the production studio, a soundproof audio recording studio, offices and a 6,500-square-foot screening theater.
According to Holt, the company spent $150,000 to renovate the former home of a woodworking business for its needs. The company co-produced its first film, named “Remnants” in the new studio in late 2012 while the renovations were being completed.
The company, which also does promotional videos, commercials and music videos, was formerly located off Fairground Street but wanted to expand to include a custom television and film studio that could accommodate feature-length films.
“We needed a big space, no poles and quiet neighbors — three very difficult things to find,” said Holt. “We looked for properties for months.”
Holt said “Remnants” is about a solar flare that knocks out the world’s power grid. Tom Sizemore, who appeared in “Black Hawk Down” and “Saving Private Ryan,” and Wilbur Fitzgerald, Georgia Screen Actors Guild president who was in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” star in the film.
Matthew Young, who co-owns Marietta-based Brothers Young Productions with his twin brother, Jared, wrote, produced, directed and edited the project. Afterlight Pictures, also in Marietta, is currently distributing the film.
Young and Holt are also co-directing an upcoming family film entitled “Hamlet and Hutch” that will begin filming at the Granite studio in March. Young says he is currently in contract negotiations for the starring roles, and he expects the film to be extremely successful.
“I know our combined talents and knowledge will render a product the market is hungry for with its children and family content,” said Young.
The plot depicts the family struggles and triumphs of a single mother, her son, their dog and a grandfather who has to move into a nursing home as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. Holt says with a budget of $250,000, the film is considered a “micro-budget” production; and they have a “good faith” offer from a television network.
“We want good acting for this film and as many parts that we can film locally, we will,” said Holt.