Film School Coming to Steiner Studios

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Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported that the Steiner Studios is embarking upon a $90.5 million expansion that will add an additional 11 sound stages to its portfolio that currently consists of five. Turns out that’s not all: A press release that went out this morning trumpets the news that Brooklyn College and Steiner Studios are establishing a graduate film school at 25 Washington Avenue. The school will be public, with a graduate degree from there costing approximately $35,000 as opposed to as much as $150,000 from a private institution. 25 Washington is getting a green renovation to accommodate the school, which will occupy two floors and contain soundstages, photo studios, and post production. It will be ready September 2013. GMAP

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  • That is amazing news! A whole new generation of film directors, screenplay writers, and producers. Wow.

  • Your jesting IS infinite….

    Hey, at least they won’t have the loans that NYU kids have.

  • I hope they actually restore this great Art Deco warehouse as shown in the rendering. The curved corner windows and the twin Eiffel towers on the roof make this a standout.

  • glad they settles somewhere, had been looking for space for a couple years good choice

  • this is a freaking awesome building

  • Nomi! I was serious.

  • yay! another school for budding narcissists to pay a gazillion dollars to make crappy films for 4 years and then work at starbucks

    *rob*

  • I think this is great. While most people who get out of here will never be directors, it will add to the pool of skilled sounds editors, camera operators, lighting people, digital effects artists, etc…

    I saw this happen a lot in L.A., where film school graduates got “temporary” jobs in the industry while looking for their big break. Many of these temporary jobs turned into long careers.

  • In seeing this as great news, I’m with you on this one, IJ. Not only for Steiner, the nabe/borough, and those aspiring to film industry careers, but also for Brooklyn College. Sounds like a win all around.

  • that’s true BHS..

    *rob*

  • I was a bit confused by this until I realized I was thinking of Kaufman Studios in queens.

    Either way this is pretty good news.

  • Brooklyn College? Not the nearest school with a media arts program (Pratt), not the university with the most prominent film school (NYU), Brooklyn College. Probably just proves my ignorance of something, although I am too ignorant to know exactly what.

  • altervoce:
    What you are missing is that the school is being developed and financed by Brooklyn College due to a large donation for that purpose. Steiner was not out looking to give the space away to a film school. BTW- speaking as a Brooklyn College grad- why not Brooklyn? I couldn’t have afforded NYU or Pratt and I got a pretty decent education anyway.

  • What you’re missing, AV, is the fact that one of the City’s public colleges will be offering this program! Which should mean that opportunities for access to this industry will increase for a much wider range of aspirants. Not everyone who wants to go to film school can afford to attend NYU, Pratt, or other private schools. Especially not in this economy. OTOH, the CUNY schools have been building up their graduate and professional school offerings (e.g;, law, medicine, journalism, etc.) for years. This has opened up heretofore closed professional opportunities for countless CUNY grads, current and prospective students. Which, IMHO, is a damn good thing.

  • quote:
    This has opened up heretofore closed professional opportunities for countless CUNY grads, current and prospective students. Which, IMHO, is a damn good thing.

    while that is true to a certain extent, it also has the effect of a huge glut graduates in almost all industries.

    *rob*

  • This is great news for Wallabout and this may increase service on the B62 and B57 lines which aren’t too bad now but more people may mean more buses. I live a block from Steiner and they’ve been pretty good neighbors so far and bring a lot of business to the restaurants and shops here. The Navy Yard is an amazing place as is Wallabout history…now Steiner will become a part of that history. It’s great to see the neighborhood you love grow:)

  • I thank the two commenters with more information. I wasn’t cheerleading for any school; I just had never heard “Brooklyn College” and “film school” in the same sentence.

  • Brooklyn college has quietly developed a strong arts program over the last ten years. They’ve made major investments in facilities and equipment. A total bargain compared to NYU Columbia etc. Unfortunately it’s still a lousy, hard to reach location.

  • “Nomi! I was serious.”

    Oh, oops, sorry. Wow, I was sure you were, um, jesting.

  • “while that is true to a certain extent, it also has the effect of a huge glut graduates in almost all industries.”(Rob)

    Yes. Well, the arts and humanities, yes.

  • “Well, the arts and humanities, yes.”

    What does that mean? What ‘industry’ are folks with degrees in the humanities flooding? Other than… well… ALL of them. Nonsensical at best.

  • “What does that mean? What ‘industry’ are folks with degrees in the humanities flooding? Other than… well… ALL of them. Nonsensical at best.”

    Huge numbers of people with advanced degrees in the humanities have not been able to get decent jobs in academia for years now. Right?

  • I know I’m posting too long after Emily’s post for anyone to read this, but the map shows Washington St in DUMBO, not Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill.

  • I’m still reading …

  • Brooklyn College’s film program has been operating under the radar but it’s decent and after this deal it will move to the forefront in NYC, especially if they can keep their tuition affordable. Nobody should spend a lot on a film degree. I tell any young person, for God’s sake, do NOT accumulate $100K in loans to go to NYU. Expensive film schools’ promises of success based on the degree alone are huge, bald face lies.