Ray-Art Studios, an emerging entertainment production facility in the West Valley, just wrapped up its first feature film project.
The studio, which opened two years ago in Canoga Park, had been specializing in renting sound stage space to TV productions, such as "The Love Boat" and "Nothing Sacred."
But with the completion this month of "The Storytellers," a comedy about screenwriting, Ray-Art is venturing into new territory. The movie was filmed at the studio, which co-produced it with Da'Lin Films, also based in Canoga Park.
"This is exactly the direction we want to go in," said Shawn Papazian, Ray-Art's director of facilities and co-producer of "The Storytellers."
Ray-Art, located on Variel Avenue, is also undertaking a $10-million expansion. Last week, construction crews began work on two more sound stages and a new mill, a workshop where sets are built. Ray-Art currently has four sound stages and plans to double that number by year's end.