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The Right Studio For Your Shoot

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There may be a few choices for you to make. Size, price, location and adjoining facilities to consider.

Having a good idea of your shot types before booking will give the studio manager an idea of preparation.

Ask yourself the below:

Will the subject be walking and talking? Sitting down? A 4-metred squared stage area will allow a simple walk into and out of shot for a mid to full body framing. The green screen cyc behind the subject should be at about 2.5 – 3metres to allow for some head room if standing. A 4m squared stage area will cater for three to four people standing in the space. If the shot is a 'head and shoulders' framing then you could get five in this type of space.

If the budget will allow it, then hire a sound recordist. If your shoot is simple, then using a decent boom mic or radio mic will do just fine. Try and record into both of the cameras channels.

Check if the facility has a lot of outside disturbance. Some studios will have two spaces and it is best to enquire about the other shoot booked in that day and see if the studio will still offer a totally soundproofed environment.

See if the green screen studio is draped or has surplus drape which can be a great way to further deaden the sound.

Check the chairs that the subject, crew, cast and clients will be sitting on during takes are solid and silent. No squeaky chairs, wicker chairs or anything else they choose to sit on. This applies to clothing and footwear too!

Brand new leathers, sequins, ruffles, zips, jewellery (earrings, bracelets etc.) are to be avoided.


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