Filmmakers, gamers and other makers have a new space to create in Rochester, with MAGIC Spell Studios opening its doors for the first time Tuesday.
The new 52,000 square foot facility at the Rochester Institute of Technology has game and media development labs, 2D and 3D animation labs, sound mixing, a color-correcting suite and more.
At the opening, many local politicians and leaders talked about the economic development potential for such a space.
David Munson is the President of RIT.
"Nationwide the games industry alone employs over 220,000 people, and we intend with MAGIC Spell studios to grow more of those jobs right here in the Rochester region," he told those gathered for the opening.
Outside companies will also be able to book studio time on campus; the sound stage meets the requirements for the New York state film tax credit.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said she hopes the resources will help students grow and bring diversity to the gaming and STEM fields.
"I want to make sure that we have a goal of at least 50 percent of our students and ultimately the entrepreneurs to bring new energy to this industry, I want to make sure women are not left behind."
The college says interest in their film, animation and gaming programs grows yearly, increasing to nearly 150 percent since 2009.
Noah Ratcliff is a 4th year student at RIT studying game development and design and says the ability to collaborate in this space is key.
"With this new building, MAGICs resources are more accessible to students now more than ever before. If you have a project you’re working on, something you’d like to start or you’re creatively driven and looking for like minded peers, come join us."