Wildfire Post-Production Studios
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Wilshire Stages was purchased and renamed Wildfire Post-Production Studios in 2007 by the duo of veteran re-recording and sound mixers Chris David and Leslie Shatz.
- Sound mixing
- Sound editing
- Picture editing
- Digital intermediate
What to Expect
When it was purchased, Wilshire Stages had a good reputation in certain circles of the film industry, but was in desperate need of technological and cosmetic enhancements. David, who had spent time at the studio while working on many films throughout his freelance career, hatched a plan to buy the property and pulled in longtime friend and colleague Shatz. The first film under contract with the new Wildfire Studios was director Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, and it’s since been commissioned for work on Twilight, Juno, The Incredible Hulk, Milk, Doubt, Watchmen, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The studio is already booked well into 2011. At this one-stop shop for post-production services, full-time positions exist for editors, assistant editors, sound mixers, visual effects artists, colorists, sound supervisors, and other related roles. At any given time, the company may employ around 20 individuals.
Among the first advancements brought into the studio was the installation of an SSL C300HD digital mixing console to replace the Harrison Series 12 on Stage C. The co-owners also brought the current software up to date with 18 upgraded ProTools HD2 and 3 systems running version 7.3 and installed a 6-terabyte RAID array server system. Two Barco DP-90 2K digital projectors were added to Stages A (1,500 square feet) and B (1,400 square feet), and Stage C received a Panasonic AE1000 1080i HD projector. Additional facilities at Wildfire include an 1,100-square-foot ADR stage with a Yamaha O2R, sound editorial suites, visual effects suites with Flame, Shake, and Nuke workstations, and a 1,400-square-foot color-grading studio. Wildfire has collaborated with Hollywood Intermediate to offer a DI suite that includes 2K and 4K negative scanning, color timing, and film-out recording.
The Academy Award-nominated owners of Wildfire also wanted to pay special attention to the client in the rehab of their boutique operation. As owner-operators who have a combined 60 years of creative and technical experience in film post-production, David and Shatz aim to ensure individual attention to each director or producer. Cosmetic enhancements include a total aesthetic redesign of the facility. The original Wilshire Stages were built in the 1980s, and it showed. Today the interior is more modern, warm, and welcoming, with fresh coffee, gourmet food, and comfy couches.
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