The partnership that brought Olympic Studios to life sparked in 2018 when two previously acquainted creative professionals, Derek Klein and Phil O’Reilly, coincidently bumped into one another while on separate business trips in Murano, Italy. The mutual connection that brought them both to Italy that fateful day was glass art. Glass color business owner and Entrepreneur Phil O’Reilly had traveled there to meet with longtime customers while Seattle-based documentary filmmaker Derek Klein was there to film glass artists at work. Within minutes of catching up, Phil and Derek discovered an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. Phil had recently moved his glass business into half of the former Seattle Grip and Light (SGL) building, leaving the skeleton of the Cyclorama wall intact in hopes of doing something photography related with it at a later date. This coincided with a time when Derek was searching for new ways to revitalize and engage with Seattle’s Film community. Seeing strong potential in their diversified industry knowledge, together they formed a bold vision.

In the weeks that followed they drafted plans to resurrect and remodel SGL’s original space into a modernized, dynamic studio that better fit the new demands of the film industry; a conveniently located professional, yet comfortable facility that simultaneously delights crews and clients alike. 


Olympic Studios today operates a full-service video production, film, and photography studio featuring a large (47′ x 35′) Cyc wall and industry-leading equipment rentals in-house. Consisting of Studio A, Studio B and a Podcast / Voiceover room, the facilities cater well to film, movie, TV, and creative agencies. The dynamic space and added amenities also make it a great place to host a product demo, event, script reading, or screening. Unlike many other studios, we offer full-service docking capabilities with access to forklifts, man lifts and extra hands in case your project demands personalized assistance.

If you’re traveling to Seattle for work, Olympic Studios is your ticket to a state of the art studio with professional crew, well-maintained equipment rentals, local catering services conveniently situated close to downtown Seattle. You can rest assured that both your creative team and clients will be comfortable and impressed with your studio booking!