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OPEN HOUSE 32 POST FEBRUARY 2017 he recent opening of Blue Table Post ( caps six years of planning, along with three years of construction. Located on Dean Street, just five blocks from bustling Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, NY, Blue Table Post is owned by Oliver Lief, a veteran documentary and television series editor. Lief has worked with filmmaker Morgan Spurlock on shows that include Inside Man and 7 Deadly Sins. He's also created original programming for Yahoo. Recently, he completed the CNN special We Will Rise for director Tony Gerber. The project was one of the first to undergo post at the new studio and looks at former First Lady Michelle Obama's mission to educate girls around the world. Setting up Blue Table Post was some- thing Lief had on his mind for several years. To handle the redesign of what was once a six-family building, he called on the team at Walters-Storyk Design Group (, based in Highland, NY, and Cycle Architecture in Manhattan. The property was completely gutted and an addition was dug out below grade to generate even more space. "I knew about them," says Lief of WSDG, joking that he initially questioned whether he could afford their services, given their reputation for doing such high-end work, including Jazz at Lincoln Center. His wish list included editorial suites and space for assistants, an isolated audio mixing room, a color grading suite and a color assist room, in addition to cli- ent space, a reception area and a kitchen. The building's lower two floors would be dedicated to Blue Table Post, while the top two would be living space. WSDG's Romina Larregina served as designer and project manager on the build. "There were a lot of challenges from a layout [standpoint] because of how big the apartment was. We could not change the exterior walls." "If you look at the plan carefully, this is a real '110 pounds in a 100-pound sack' sit- uation," adds WSDG founding partner and director of design, John Storyk. "We've had this challenge before, where we've been asked to create an audio environ- ment that meets the Dolby Atmos spec, but we know is not going to get certified because it is too small." The facility's lower level is home to the audio mix suite, a 250-square-foot studio that features a JVC D-ILA projector, a 9x5-foot screen, JBL surround speakers and Avid Pro Tools 12 running on a Mac Pro workstation. A 50-square-foot voice- over booth is situated to the right side of the room and offers line of sight to the projection screen and mixing desk. BLUE TABLE POST OPENS IN BROOKLYN T BY MARC LOFTUS EDITOR OLIVER LIEF REALIZES HIS DREAM WITH THIS NEW, CUSTOM STUDIO Walters-Storyk designed the studio.

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