Historic Fantasy Film Center reopens after Meyer revamp
Facility now has a state-of-the-art cinema speaker system, as well as an Avid S6 control surface in the revived mix theatre.
Meyer Sound and Fantasy Studios have collaborated on the newly re-launched Fantasy Film Center.
Featuring a state of the art Meyer Sound cinema system, the completely refurbished historic Fantasy Film Center now has a new 5.1/7.1 monitoring system comprised of three Acheron 80 screen channel loudspeakers, 10 HMS-12 surround loudspeakers, two 650-P subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 408 and one Galileo 616 processor for system drive and optimisation.
Fantasy Studios’ director Jeffrey Wood commented, “Fantasy Film Center was constructed like a musical instrument. The clarity and detail of the room is beautiful and it’s perfect for precision mixing. We are proud to have achieved the re-build in an exceptional way, so that it is compatible and comparable with all of the top mix theatres.”
“The Film Center stage has solid bones acoustically, so it was a delight to upgrade the monitoring to a reference quality Meyer Sound cinema system,” added Steve Shurtz, Meyer Sound cinema group director. “The room has a great mixing history and now a great future. Sonically, the room has never sounded better, in the league of world class dubbing stages.”
One of the most esteemed full-service studios on the West Coast, Fantasy Film Center and Fantasy Studios have attracted the recording, film, television and video game industries for decades. More than 200 films – including the Oscar-winning classics Amadeus, The English Patient and The Right Stuff as well as the cult classic Blue Velvet and the blockbuster Boogie Nights – were mixed onsite.
The facilities have been used for post-production work on acclaimed films including Apocalypse Now, Good Will Hunting, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Sixth Sense, Moneyball and many of Pixar's films, such as Finding Nemo and Toy Story. The Bay Area landmark is where platinum recordings by Green Day, Journey, Aerosmith, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana and countless others have been created.
First opened in 1981 as The Saul Zaentz Film Center, the refurbished 1,820 square-foot mix theatre seats over 50 guests and now boasts the latest technologies while preserving the pristine sound and feel of the original.
Originally designed by sought-after screening room designer Jeff Cooper, Fantasy Film Center’s renovation was overseen by Bay Area engineer Jim Austin along with Fantasy staff members Alberto Hernandez and James Gangwer. Key involvement came from both Meyer Sound and Avid.
Fantasy Studios has also installed the Avid Pro Tools | S6 modular control surface in the revived mix theatre.