The renowned Fantasy Film Center, located in The Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley, California has revived and reinvigorated their illustrious 3rd floor mixing stage, reopened in May 2016.

Formerly known as the Saul Zaentz Film Center, which opened its doors in 1981, the studio was conceived by Jeff Cooper, one of the world’s most sought-after screening room designers. Cooper’s work has ranged from major film/TV companies such as Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer (MGM), Dreamworks & NBC/Universal Studios to home theatre studios for Hollywood luminaries such as George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

More than 200 films, including the Academy award-winning Amadeus, The English Patient and The Right Stuff, as well as many other favorites including Blue Velvet, Boogie Nights, and Ghost World, were mixed on the 3rd floor stage. Often used by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences for Oscar and select screenings, Fantasy Film Center seats 53 people comfortably for any screenings.

Studio Director Jeffrey Wood says, “This theater was constructed like a musical instrument. The clarity and detail of the room is beautiful and the audio quality non-fatiguing for precision mixing.”

The buildout was overseen by technical expert Jim Austin, along with Fantasy’s own Alberto Hernandez and James Gangwer. The new renovation features an Avid S6, Meyers Acherons and HMS12s, as well as connections to the large reverb and chamber collection in the studios. It also has ISDN connection for any additional post-production work or listening.

Fantasy Film Center and Fantasy Studios continue to provide professional services for the film, video, virtual reality & video game communities. Full-time administrative, tech, and support staff are on site.

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