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About Contra Studios

Contra Studios is a multi-arts production, rehearsal, events and presentation facility located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City with multiple-use areas suitable for Film, Photography, Video Production, Sound Design, Fashion and Dance.


ounded in 2010, Contra Studios brings a comfortable, relaxing boutique atmosphere to the studio world, creating an environment conducive to helping our patrons achieve their creative goals.Our in-house project managers and growing community of talented professionals provide our clients the highest production value possible. From creative services, videography/photography, and casting to editing, post and music production, Contra Studios is a hub for media production from the conceptual stages to the finished product. Contact us to schedule a visit and meet with our creative team.


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Two large flexible-use studios, equip with lighting, multiple camera, video setup, sound system, recording facilities, and audience accomodations, along with production rooms, editing suites, and kitchen facilities. All available for hourly, daily, or long-term rentals. Our 4,000 sq. foot open space is often utilized for staging, castings, film screenings, and rehearsals.

Studio 1 features a 20 ft. corner cyclorama wall, and is frequently used for green screen applications in special effects for videos and film/image compositing. Our post production room includes state-of-the-art equipment and software along with a 5.1 Quested Digital surround sound system.


Our Services

We offer a full service, multimedia creative shop with its own production / post-production facility in Chelsea. We combine state-of-the-art technology with cutting-edge talent.

Video Production

We are proud to create compelling and high-quality video content for some of the leading corporate, commercial, entertainment, fashion, non-profit, and art organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

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In addition to our artistry behind the camera we also utilize leading edge technology tools and resources. These include state of the art digital cameras and photo enhancement software.

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Motion Graphics

Need to destroy a building? Insert a virtual object into a shot? Save your budget…we’ve got you covered.

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Creative Services

We also specialize in the conceptualization, design and deployment of innovative, cross-platform brand content for clients large and small

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Sound Scores

We are proud to create compelling and high-quality music output for some of the leading corporate, commercial, entertainment, fashion, non-profit, and art organizations in the U.S. and abroad.

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  • EVF-1 Electronic Viewfinder
  • LB-1 Leveling block for ALEXA
  • BP-12 Bridge plate Set (19mm)
  • 12” Dovetail
  • SP-3 Shoulder pad for ALEXA
  • CCH-1 Center camera handle for ALEXA
  • Anton Bauer battery adapter back for Gold Mount
  • 4x Sony SxS Memory Cards 64GB
  • Sony Card Reader/ USB Cable/ AC Power Adapter
  • Echo SXS Express Card Thunderbolt Adapter Pro
  • 2x 19mm support rods
  • Ronford Baker 15m/19mm duel hand grips
  • Ombre Rain Cover

Red Scarlet X
  • Red Touch 5.0” LCD
  • DSMC side handle
  • 2x Redvolt batteries with Redvolt charger
  • Red Station Red Mag 1.8
  • 5x Red Mag 1.8” SSD 64GB
  • Matte box • 15mm/ 19mm rail system
  • Follow focus
  • External 6’ HDMI cable
Canon 5D Mark III
  • IKAN V8000 HDMI 8” monitor w/ LP6 battery plate
  • 6’ mini HDMI- HDMI cable
  • Cine arm external monitor mount
  • BGE11 battery grip
  • 5x LPE6 batteries with Canon quick charger
  • USB Compact flash card reader with USB cable
  • 2x 16 GB compact flash cards [90MB/sec]
  • Matte box
  • 15mm/ 19mm rail system
  • Follow focus
  • 2x Quick release plates with receivers


Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2

  • 15mm/T2.9
  • 21mm/T2.9
  • 28mm/T2.1
  • 35mm/T2.1
  • 50mm/T2.1
  • 85mm/T2.1

Lomo Anamorphic

  • 35mm/T2.5 square front
  • 50mm/T2.5 round front
  • 80mm/T2.5 square front

Canon EF

  • 24-70mm f2.8 V2
  • 70-200mm f2.8 V2

CONTRA has relationships with several local rental houses, please inquire about additional equipment.

  • “wiz khalifa and cam’ron chillen at contra studios”

    @ContraStudios – February 25, 2014

  • “pharrell w/ wiz khalifa collaborating at Contra Studios on a video shoot #pharrell #wizkhalifa”

    @ContraStudios – December 5, 2013

  • “nice job Anthony LoPresti Esq — Lure will be open this Fall.”

    @ContraStudios – August 20, 2013

  • “Lure is one of the few reasons left to spend time in Soho… #savelurefishbar”

    @ContraStudios – June 21, 2013

  • “brett michaels at Contra talking about his new show, Rock my RV – travel channel, sunday nights″

    @ContraStudios – June 14, 2013

  • “amazing ford model nina de raadt”

    @ContraStudios – June 13, 2013

  • “sasha cohen in the studio, 3x world champion figure skater, U.S. Olympic silver medalist – amazing person”

    @ContraStudios – April 24, 2013

  • “Bam Margera stops by- looking good! #jackass #bammargera”

    @ContraStudios – April 20, 2013

Contact Contra

Studio manager:

Kelly Smith (
Building information:
Freight elevator at street level,
Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 / 1 – 5:00 p.m.

New York

Address: 122 w26th St,
5th floor,
NY NY 10001

(646) 926-7819

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