Spectrum Films will start a new chapter in its 51 year history early next year by moving into a new creative space in the heart of the Fox Studios.
It’s just the second time the post production facility founded by Hans Pomeranz in a converted shop in Willoughby has shifted its operations.
Spectrum Films has been based in Building 53 on the Fox lot since the studios opened in 1998, well before the advent of Avid and other digital devices.
Managing director Josh Pomeranz and general manager Adam Scott- who is taking a stake in the business- see the move as the next evolution of Spectrum Films.
“We have come a long way from the converted chicken shop in Willoughby, and we look forward to welcoming our Spectrum family on the balcony soon,” Pomeranz said.
The opportunity to shift to the far more central location – the second floor of the Frank Hurley Building- happened after several tenants moved out.
The move will follow the unveiling next month of Hans Pomeranz Stage 8, which the new premises will overlook.
The facility will include new editing suites and a sound mixing theatre for Huzzah Sound, which had long been a partner of Spectrum and was wholly acquired last February.
“For 49 years Spectrum was known as an offline editing facility,” says Scott ,who joined two years ago after working for Foxtel, Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post in New Zealand, Star TV Hong Kong, ESPN Star Sports Singapore and the US ABC network in New York.
“In the past two years we have branched out into online colour grading and full picture finishing and via, Huzzah Sound, sound design, editing and post sound management.”
Fox Studios Australia managing director Wayne Borg said: “It was fortuitous that the space overlooking Stage 8 became available. Spectrum Films is a cornerstone studio partner, and to have them take residence in this new state of the art facility in the heart of Fox Studios signifies their standing in our industry."
Business is booming at Spectrum with 14 film and TV productions currently using the facility including Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt, Goalpost Pictures and Pukeko Pictures’ ABC series Cleverman, Endemol Shine Australia’s Brock telemovie for Network Ten and Nadia Tass’ South African-shot telemovie Gemma.
Spectrum frequently makes cash investments in film projects, most recently Sotiris Dounoukos’ debut feature Joe Cinque’s Consolation, Ben C. Lucas’ Other Life, the Roache-Turner brothers’ Wyrmwood: Road to the Dead and Josh Lawson’s The Little Death.