Armory Studios has stages ranging from 250 Sq. Feet to 40,000 Sq. Feet located within the historic Armory building in San Francisco. We work to accommodate the needs of our clients and in addition can provide Videographers, Set Dressing, Props, Lighting, Production Office Space, and Catering. Please contact Armory Studios for availability, rates and to schedule a scout.
At the Armory every stage has a story. Here are a few prior productions at Armory Studios
During the filming or Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, several special effects explosions were filmed at the San Francisco Armory. It was selected because it was the largest single room anywhere that was unrestricted. The Star Wars production company constructed their own ceiling that was black and measured about a hundred feet long by sixty feet wide, and they photographed several large explosions, about sixty feet off the ground. Five high-speed cameras going on each take, and only one jammed during production. There were two VistaVision high speed cameras that maxed out at seventy-two frames per second, and a new one that was shooting ninety-six, with three additional cameras shooting anamorphic. Filming lasted in the Armory for a couple of weeks with a total of four hundred different explosion shots.
The current 40,000 Sq. Foot Armory Community Center (TACC) has been updated with sound proofing, Wi-Fi and can be used as a production set or special event rental.
Productions at Armory Studios
From the movie, About Cherry staring, James Franco, directed by Stephen Elliott filmed at the Armory.
A.C.T. and the National Theatre of Scotland presents Black Watch at the Armory Community Center
The Tropics – Fireproof [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO] shot at Armory Studios
The San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project 2012 Award Winner
*Best Use of Prop
*Best Ensemble Acting