The historic Eastman Kodak building in Hollywood is back in show business. SIM Group has signed a long-term lease for a three-story, free-standing building at the former site of the Eastman Kodak Company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2012 and subsequently vacated the building that had been its home for nearly a century. After multimillion-dollar renovations are completed next year, the newly high-tech facility will offer streamlined production and postproduction services for feature films and TV shows.
Three SIM Group companies will share the 65,000 -square-foot space. SIM Digital, which rents cameras and other production gear, will occupy the first floor. Chainsaw, a postproduction facility offering offline editorial, editorial finishing and color-grading services, will share the second and third floors with Bling Digital, which provides dailies processing and workflow services.
“There is no company in North America offering this blend of services through one location,” said James Martin, SIM Group’s Chief Strategy Officer. “Our clients want seamless, integrated services. Productions can acquire their camera packages, design their workflows, edit and finish shows all at one site. There is nothing else like it.”
The company said that by uniting Chainsaw and Bling Digital under one roof, “the new facility will become one of the largest independent postproduction facilities in Southern California.” The state-of-the-art facility will offer offline editorial rooms, color-grading suites, online edit bays, Autodesk Flame conforming/VFX bays, a DI grading theater, sound facilities, production offices and dailies workflow resources. Chainsaw, which merged with SIM Group last year, will retain its current facility on Sycamore Avenue in Hollywood, which features 25 offline editorial rooms.
The companies have provided production and postproduction services on a wide range of films and TV shows, including Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Whiplash, Pacific Rim, Game Of Thrones, Fargo, American Idol, The Amazing Race, Pretty Little Liars, Hannibal, Falling Skies and the Oscar and Emmy telecasts.
“We are applying 20 years of experience to create the most modern and efficient postproduction facility of its type,” said Chainsaw founder Bill DeRonde. “The infrastructure will take advantage of the latest technology for routing media and supporting high-resolution and ultra-high resolution workflows. It will be an open pipe and ready for anything. This is an exciting new chapter for us, but what is most important is the people and we have the best talent in the industry.”
The new SIM Digital facility will feature state-of-the-art prep bays and engineering workspace for cameras and postproduction, as well as customer service space and loading docks. Bling Digital will feature dailies processing and other production support services. “We’re excited about the synergies,” DeRonde said. “Chainsaw and Bling Digital are natural collaborators with complementary services and talent pools. We can assist clients with everything from dailies through deliverables with high expertise and peak efficiency.”
Since last year’s SIM Group-Chainsaw merger Martin said, “We’ve worked together on a number of projects and found that we share a similar work ethic and culture. We are very excited about these new facilities, but even more so about the prospects of having all of our people working together in one place.”