For a long time in Waterloo Region, if you were an independent filmmaker and you were looking to create your own project, be it a short film, documentary, T.V. commercial, or anything involving filming, the closest place you had to be able to rent out the needed equipment was Toronto or Hamilton. It was expensive, time consuming and a huge hassle.
That all changed a year ago when a branch of The Working Centre called the Commons Studio, located at 256 King St. S., opened its doors and provided a much-needed service in the area. Now through a $75 yearly membership, local-film enthusiasts have access to commercial-grade film equipment, state of the art studio editing software and professional guidance and expertise all under one roof.
This equipment and expertise would not be possible if not for the contributions made by Tony Smith and his organization, Lighthouse Equipment who have partnered with the Commons Studio.