(Source: blog.digitalcontentproducer.com) Digital Design Village has opened as a new digital studio to serve the rapidly growing filmmaking industry located in Michigan. The announcement was made today by Arnie Jones, CEO/Founder, Digital Design Village.

Concurrent with today’s announcement, Digital Design Village, and the renowned, Marin, CA-based Kerner Group, have signed an agreement by which Digital Design Village will offer resources for film production, special practical effects production, and post production in Michigan utilizing the Kerner Group’s expertise and technologies. The Kerner Group, formerly the physical effects division of Industrial Light and Magic (ILM,) is an innovative provider of special practical effects and 3D technologies.

Digital Design Village will be housed in the historic electricity substation offices, located in Downtown Grand Rapids. Along with digital post production and media services, the new company, in affiliation with The Kerner Group, will offer the same special practical effects “magic” to film projects for which Kerner has long been renowned. The Kerner Group has contributed special effects to such hit movies as “Avatar,” “Jurassic Park,” “Transformers II,” “Star Trek,” “Indiana Jones,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and many others, including the original “Star Wars” trilogy.

Digital Design Village will employ a core staff of digital and effects producers, based in Grand Rapids, to work directly with the California-based Kerner team. In addition, Digital Design Village will also collaborate with local businesses, universities, and colleges, to teach and develop a local workforce and infrastructure required to meet the high creative standards set by the motion picture industry.

“It has long been known that Michigan needed a more prominent film infrastructure,” said Arnie Jones. “Our formation, and our agreement with The Kerner Group, will set the stage not only for this helpful infrastructure for filmmakers, but also for our team to work with the legendary staff at Kerner.”

“We are excited to expand our national presence, and bring Kerner’s services and technologies to Michigan,” adds Eric Edmeades, CEO, The Kerner Group. “With special practical effects, digital imaging, and new imaging technologies, such as 3D, continuing to play a critical role within overall film production everywhere, we felt being the Michigan market would help give locally-based producers and content creators better—and more cost effective—access to our company’s internationally recognized talent and filmmaking resources.”



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