Film studio Underworld Productions opens in Patchogue with a dozen sets


You could film an entire sitcom at the new Underworld Productions studio in Patchogue.

If sitcoms were much of a thing anymore.

Owned and operated by Ryan Sarno, grandson of James Sarno, a former police officer and entrepreneur, Underworld Productions was built as a versatile and affordable space for filmmakers, photographers and content creators of all sorts, for all platforms.

Work started in January and wrapped up last month at 29 S. Ocean Ave.

Sarno, 29, of Mt. Sinai, has been involved in film nearly his entire life, since 12. That’s when he began shooting movies with his friends in his parents’ basement, hence the aptly named “Underworld.”

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Since graduating from Hofstra University in 2016, Sarno has produced and directed numerous short films, including a feature film set in 1962 titled “The Greatest,” and a TV series called “Entitled,” which is currently available on Amazon Prime.

After college, he embarked on a career in production at Comedy Central, where he played a pivotal role in creating promotional content for network television, he said. He then ventured into production design for movies and television shows. That was before he saw the need on a local level to help up-and-comers and more established content creators alike.

“In today’s digital age, where everyone is creating content, our studio offers a wide range of opportunities for the creative world,” he said. “Whether it’s music videos, film and television productions, YouTube channels, or TikTok content, our space provides an affordable solution for artists looking to bring their visions to life.”

Underworld Productions, occupying a sprawling, 5,000-square-foot space, is loaded with a dozen custom sets and more, including a podcast studio.

The studio features a green screen wall, a white cyc, and a vast prop room, along with meticulously crafted sets reminiscent of different eras. These include a 1950s-era diner, 1950s kitchen, 1960s living room, jail cells, an interrogation room, a hospital room, motel room, and a turn-of-the-century set.

If you go

The studio operates on an appointment-based system. Interested individuals and production teams can book the space by contacting the studio directly at 631-213-1099 or through the peer-to-peer marketplace, Peer Space, accessible on Underworld Productions’ official website.