ATLANTA — BlueStar Studios (www.BlueStar-Studios.com) has announced plans for a 53-acre production campus in Forest Park, GA, with purpose-built stages available in the Atlanta metropolitan area starting in the summer of 2023. Offering more than 600,000 square feet of production and office space, the campus will include 18 stages ranging from 5,000 square feet to more than 40,000 square feet.
The historic 108,000-square-foot Fort Gillem headquarters building will serve as the centerpiece of the campus. Productions will have access to two intersecting 100GB fiber lines for supporting all technical needs, including cloud services and virtual production. BlueStar Studios is currently under construction, and development will continue in phases through 2024, with an expected total investment of $180M.
“BlueStar Studios offers production teams and studios top-of-the-line stages equipped with the latest tools and tech in a beautiful, historic campus conveniently located 10 minutes away from the Atlanta airport,” states Rich Goldberg, CEO and founder of BlueStar Studios. “It’s an exceptional space designed with creativity in mind, and our infrastructure provides the ultimate in bandwidth and redundancy.”
Additionally, there are 45,000 square feet of former motor pool, wood-working and metal-working buildings for mill and wardrobe. Amenities include a nature trail, on-site cafe, dog run and more, and the campus retains much of its original 1940s era architecture, providing an abundance of practical shooting locations, as well as sound stages for traditional or virtual production. Offices are also available for lease to companies looking for a production-friendly home base in Georgia.
Developed to be an inviting place for storytellers, BlueStar Studios will support the surrounding community through employment and educational opportunities. The company is currently exploring partnerships with local universities and high schools, with the goal of becoming a premier destination for learning next generation filmmaking techniques and training students in the cinematic arts.
“Fort Gillem has long been a significant presence in our community, so we’re thrilled to see such a transformational development through this substantial investment in a technology-forward way,” says Forest Park Mayor, Angelyne Butler. “BlueStar Studios preserves the charm and history of the surrounding area while also bringing new production capabilities and boosting our local economy. We look forward to welcoming productions and their highly-skilled professionals to Forest Park and sharing all our city has to offer.”