A NOTE FROM RIVER OAKS FILM STUDIOS PRESIDENT:
We completely agree with the points made on this editorial especially this particular one involving sound stage development...
*Savannah’s blockbuster opportunity is in additional soundstage development. Two facilities, River Oaks Films Studios and the Savannah Film Factory, currently operate and there is demand for more, particularly one with an open layout that can be subdivided on demand.
SEDA is among those courting investors for that type of project, and Tollison has made selling the versatility of such a space a part of the strategy. If the film industry isn’t filling such a facility, the square footage could be repurposed as valuable warehouse space given the proximity to the Port of Savannah.*
However, we have been putting Mr. Tollison's idea into practice over the past year with our logistics business, AA Heritage Solutions, which occupies the remaining 100,000 sq. ft. of our 150,000 sq. ft. building! We've had many production companies tour our sound stage and their needs are demanding, which is to be expected. Combined with the growth of the logistics business with thousands of boxes rotating in and out from Savannah's bustling port and filling up every bit of space we have (see photo below); this idea is easier said than done. Our original intention was to keep more space open in order to build out additional sound stages to accommodate the needs of multiple productions and further the growth of Savannah's Film/TV industry.
We are looking into better ways to grow both businesses and will have news for everyone soon. This past year has been an enriching experience. The invaluable information from taking something from an idea to brick-and-mortar has given us incredible insight into what we need to do! We are still in the game!
Thank you for all the support Savannah,
RIVER OAKS FILM STUDIOS ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIIP WITH MBS EQUIPMENT COMPANY
Savannah’s Largest Film Studio Signs Multi-Year Agreement With Equipment Rental Company To Grow Film Industry
SAVANNAH, Ga. (Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016) – River Oaks Film Studios is happy to announce an exclusive three year partnership with MBS Equipment Company to provide production equipment to productions filming in the studio and the Savannah area. MBS Equipment Company is the first film-related company to sign an agreement to move into the 150,000 sq. ft. studio located off of Gulfstream Road. The company will officially be in the studio March 1; a month after the first of six sound stages will be completed at River Oaks Film Studios.
“We are very pleased to announce this new partnership with MBS Equipment Company. After spending several months evaluating various studios and other support companies throughout the industry, it became clear that our partnership with MBS (which is also a part of MBS Media Campus, an independent film studio based in Manhattan Beach, California) would be the best fit. We plan to optimize growth through their seasoned team of professionals who have built a reputation for excellence in the film production equipment industry. This will turn River Oaks Film Studios into a fully staffed and equipped facility to support all production operations moving forward and in turn we should see a growth in the industry. This will also benefit filming locations throughout the coastal region,” explains River Oaks Film Studios Pres. Rodney Dickey
“Having an equipment house open in our area is very exciting for the continuing development of the film industry in the Savannah region. This addition will allow us to attract more productions to our area as we continue to expand into a fully equipped production hub,” said Beth Nelson, Executive Director of Savannah Area Film Office.