Cherokee Nation Celebrates the Opening of Cherokee Film Studios in Oklahoma – Deadline

Cherokee Nation and its Film Office celebrated the opening of Cherokee Film Studios, Owasso Campus, with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. The tribe’s state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in Oklahoma and Indian Country.

Leaders of the Cherokee Nation and leaders of the tribe’s business arm, Cherokee Nation Businesses, joined state officials, local community leaders and industry professionals to commemorate the premier movie destination of the region.

“The Cherokee Nation Film Office is leading the way in helping to grow and diversify Oklahoma’s film and television industry,” said Cherokee Nation Senior Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. “The Cherokee Nation and its businesses are have long remained a great community partner, and we are here to stay. Our tribe continues to do our part to successfully build permanent infrastructure and encourage economic growth that creates jobs and expands opportunities for the Cherokee people and for all northeast Oklahoma.

Cherokee Cinema Studios, Owasso Campus features groundbreaking technology, including an xR, or extended reality, virtual production LED volume studio designed with cutting-edge software and hardware technologies.

“The speed at which Oklahoma’s film and television industry is rapidly changing is nothing short of staggering, and the Cherokee Nation is committed to playing its part in helping to spur this growth,” said Jennifer Loren, Director of Cherokee Nation. Film Office and Original Content. “This facility and its incredible capabilities are just the start. We will remain at the forefront of the film industry in our region by building on what we have here today. That being said, I’m proud to announce the upcoming expansion of our virtual LED volume production studio.

The tribe’s state-of-the-art LED wall will soon be expanded to more than double its current size, bringing the massive screen to 80 feet long and 17 feet high with a ceiling measuring 18 feet deep. The expansion will also include stationary and mobile lighting options and add portable LED wall panels, enabling inverted shooting capabilities. CNFO will also double the size of its motion capture volume and offer 12 additional cameras to increase possibilities for creativity as Cherokee Film Studios enters the metaverse.

“It is an honor to witness the innovation and launch of Cherokee Film Studios, a state-of-the-art virtual soundstage and the first of its kind in Oklahoma,” said Tava Maloy Sofsky, director of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “As the global production industry sees an increase in demand for film and television content creation, the Cherokee Nation’s investment in the film and television industry is a critical component to both further diversifying the state’s productive landscape with new infrastructure and cutting-edge technology, as well as creating unprecedented opportunities for workforce and business development within the nation itself.

Cherokee Film Studios is a 27,000 square foot facility located on over 4 acres on the Cherokee Nation Reservation. It includes 14,000 square feet of dedicated studio space with editing suites, a control room, a professional-grade audio booth, crew and client lounges, and hair and makeup facilities for meet the growing needs of production in Oklahoma.

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