Susie Films cultivates creativity in Uptown office space
Albert Einstein was spot on when he said, “Creativity is contagious.” With co-working spaces popping up all over the city of Charlotte, creativity is bound to flourish.
That’s exactly what Scott Galloway, founder of Susie Films, has happening in the 3,032 SF space in Uptown’s popular Fourth Ward neighborhood. With the help of Trinity Partners’ real estate advisor and Director of Tenant Representation, Ann-Fleming Powell, Susie Films recently moved from its Dilworth location to 505 N. Church Street (located next to the McNinch House Restaurant)
When looking for space, it was critical that future home of Susie Films was one that would allow for creative fluidity.
“Having everybody together is critically important in a creative, collaborative business, and I think that’s probably the greatest thing that’s happened here.”
Along with the benefit of getting the entire creative team under one roof, the location of the new office space is more than ideal.
“It’s a great way to show off Charlotte,” Galloway said. “When we have clients that visit, especially those from out of town, it’s nice to take them to local restaurants, walk through the parks, and show them the tall buildings on Tryon Street.”
When it was time to grow, Galloway came to Powell at Trinity Partners to find the perfect space and his ask was a bit different than any typical Uptown office space that one might find.
For Galloway, he was searching for a combination of factors that were difficult to find in the market’s current inventory. Galloway was wanting a space that was around 3,000 SF, located within a two-mile radius to Uptown, and had character. When Powell saw the listing for the 90-year-old property pop up, she knew she found a needle in a haystack.
“Susie Films was smart to engage a broker early in the process,” Powell said. “Tenants always under estimate the time it takes to make an informed and strategic real estate decision. In this landlord-friendly cycle we are in, time and flexibility to make a decision creates the best leverage.”
From the outside, the property Susie Films occupies looks like any regular, unassuming white-brick house you’d see sitting on the beautiful streets of the Queen City, but everyone knows it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Along with Susie Films, the building houses Kelso Communications and Priceless Miscellaneous, two complementary creative firms that are both in the same realm of Galloway’s business. The space is also the workplace of whom Galloway believes are the three best editors in the Southeast: Jay Thomas, Greg Grzeszczak, and Marc Bookmiller.
“One of the best things about it is that we’re all in visual storytelling, whether that’s films, television or commercial,” Galloway said. “There’s a lot of working together.”
Susie Films was brought to life in 2006 by Galloway, a natural-born storyteller, and acts as a full-service pitch to production company which operates across the United States and occasionally overseas.
Galloway’s mission for Susie Films has always been to tell important stories well. The multi-media company has produced four award-winning documentary films, as well as the show, “Handcrafted America,” currently in its third season on the INSP channel. The company is also known for its annual ‘100 Words Film Festival,’ the fourth of which is taking place Nov. 3-4, 2017, at the McGlohon Theater in Charlotte. The festival celebrates concise, cinematic storytelling where each entered film must deliver a compelling take using exactly 100 words, challenging filmmakers to focus on the essence of the story.
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