FILMING AT THE LIBRARY
Brooklyn Art Library’s main reading room houses all 35,000 original artist sketchbooks currently in our permanent collection. The library’s walls are lined with shelves that hold the thousands of sketchbooks currently in the collection, creating a distinctive aesthetic that reflects Brooklyn’s art scene and represents artists from around the globe. The 1,200-square-foot space has high ceilings and a wall of glass windows that pour natural light into the space, ideal for photo shoots and filming (though daylight is optional as we have a metal garage door that can shut out light completely, if needed). The combination of thousands of sketchbooks white walls, and cement floor create an indie, industrial, eclectic, ’hipster’ vibe that can’t be found anywhere else.
Located on a quiet residential street in Brooklyn’s up-and-coming neighborhood, Williamsburg, the reading room is located on the first floor with street access and double doors to accommodate large loads. Past shoots in the library include The Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum,” Bulova’s Grammy campaign featuring Shawn Mendes, and the feature-length film “The Big Sick,” directed by Michael Showalter and starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, and Holly Hunter.
The library is a multi-level space, with a fully-furnished two-bedroom apartment on the second floor. The open floor plan apartment takes up the majority of the second floor and is available for filming, storage, and holding if needed. The large living and dining space allow plenty of room for equipment, with white walls and tile floors that keep the space versatile and easily transformed. The living and dining area also has a skylight and glass double-doors leading to an outdoor deck that pour natural light into the majority of the apartment.
Nestled behind the reading room on the first floor, Brooklyn Art Library has three additional studio spaces. With white walls and cement floors, the three raw spaces provide an extra 400-square-feet to maximize space for holding, storage, and other production needs.