Connecticut Native + Hollywood Star Set to Bring New ‘Jaigantic’ Film Studio into the State
It's like having Hollywood in Connecticut. One Connecticut actor is set to open a new movie studio here in the state.
The actor who is behind this project is Michael Jai White, a native of Bridgeport and a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University. White is also an accomplished actor in his own right, plus he's had some time behind the camera as a director and as a writer. White also hold the distinction of being the first African American to star as a comic book superhero in a major motion picture.
White knows quite a bit about working in a movie studio too, having appeared in more than 100 TV series and films. You may have seen him in films like Tyson, Spawn, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, and The Dark Knight to name a few. If that's not enough, White is also an accomplished martial artist.
Jaigantic Studios is currently operating in Shelton, but the new studio, which is currently under construction, would be located in New Haven, and will definitely live up to its name. According to newhavenindependent.org, it will have 25 sound stages, which can each house a full production team, plus the studio will include production offices, post production facilities, motion capture stages, and will feature a 360 degree virtual production facility.
While the overall goal of the new studio is to produce entertainment content, it will also serve a duel purpose of expanding the film industry in the state, giving producers a chance to use the state as the backdrop for films and TV shows, and also to create job opportunities for those hoping to get their start in the industry. A normal film production can employ as many as 100 to 150 people, most of them will be hired from the local area.
Conveniently located at the midway point between New York City and Boston, Jaigantic Studios will also be able to serve as a learning vehicle, as well as an internship opportunity for students of Yale University’s drama school.
White told wtnh.com that since he's from Connecticut he's "very connected with the idea of giving back and teaching."
Right now, White's goals with his new studio will be to produce original projects including the action drama Crossroads Cafe, and the sequel to the 2009 action comedy Black Dynamite, which he co-wrote and starred in.
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