Outpost12 Studios Unveils New Space
By Beth Sacthjen
From a basement studio to their first office with two card tables as computer desks, Outpost12 Studios has come a long way.
The only full-service production studio in Nebraska, Outpost12 will be celebrating its newly renovated office and studio space, along with six years in business, with an open house tomorrow from 3:30 to 10 PM. The modern-futuristic-themed event will offer Outpost12 Studio’s signature cocktails served by fashion models; dancing; and sushi catered by Blue restaurant of Omaha. Also on display will be the new office facilities, designed by Outpost12 Studio president Michael Domgard, with the remodeling help of Ken Inness of Skyline Homes.
Renovating their headquarters on the sixth floor of the Gold's Building at 1033 O St. hasn't been too far off from Outpost12 Studios' work in visual production; the 7,100 square feet have been painstakingly designed, down to every minor detail. The company also drew renovating design inspiration from their expertise in video production. For example, much of the lighting and color selection is based in the RGB (red, green, blue) color model that makes the display of electronic images possible. A highlight of the renovations is the custom designed whiteboard: Backlit with RGB LEDs and cleverly maximized by mirrors, it is more akin to a futuristic nightclub than an office conference room.
Throughout the office, the modern aesthetic and use of glass panels and lighting grids have made the space “a place our clients would take their clients,” Domgard said. The renovations also include a new kitchen, break room with a 3D TV and ping-pong table, green screen room and talent dressing room.
Outpost12 works with clients from across the U.S., Domgard said.
“There are pros and cons," he said. “Being in the middle of the country allows clients from both LA and New York to reach us easily. Midwestern people are friendly, honest, and easy to work with, yet we can keep our prices reasonable here so our clients are getting a good perceived value.”
A drawback to being in located in Lincoln, however, is that the majority of production work is done elswhere.
"It is not like production in Hollywood, where every production company works in TV and film because there is just that much work spilling over," Domgard said. "You really have to work hard to get your name out there.”
Working hard seems to be at the core of Outpost12 Studio’s success. “There really isn’t a typical day here. Things vary a lot,” Domgard said. Multi-talented members of the team may take on post-production, editing, directing and even makeup art on any given day.
What's he most proud of?
“Starting out with a card table as a desk and ending up here,” he said, gesturing to the newly renovated office behind him.
You can see the space yourself tomorrow at 1033 O St. from 3:30 to 10 p.m. during the First Friday artwalk.