Center for Film Studies moves to Allen Park facility

The City of Allen Park is fast becoming a film mecca in southeast Michigan. The Center for Film Studies is moving there from Madison Heights to a developing studio center on Southfield Road.

The facility, a former Visteon automotive plant, is being retrofitted to house a variety of companies, including production ventures, training schools and warehouses.

“We’re moving to Allen Park because soon motion pictures are going to be produced there,” said Mort Meisner, executive director, Center for Film Studies. “We’ll be able to feed our students right into the movies.”

In order to assimilate his various interests in the industry, Meisner also plans to create a showroom for another company, Scenic Prop & Design at the center. The two businesses combined will occupy 10,000-sq. ft. and employ up to 40 people. Between 40 to 60 students will be transferred in the move.

Meisner also has plans to work with the Stautzenberger Institute, which is located at the film complex, to provide entertainment training.

“We are moving because we can’t wait for another studio to be built,” Meisner added. “And the people in Allen Park are really easy to do business with.” The training program is a State Certified Proprietary school with courses in film production, camera and audio, make-up and special effects.

Another new tenant at the center will be Global Renaissance Entertainment Group once a proposal to purchase a 105 acre movie and TV studio complex is approved. Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc. is a full service film and television production company located in Hollywood, Atlanta and Detroit.

The company is planning to produce six films in Michigan over the next few years, according to CEO Arthur Wylie. Wylie has stated that he is committed to the Detroit film industry.

Global Renaissance Entertainment Group can be reached at 213-804-2477. See

The Center for Film Studies is located at 899 East Whitcomb, Madison Heights.