Shooting on location sometimes is NOT the best place to film. Especially when audio is really an important factor such as when creating training films or doing greenscreen or bluescreen work. A soundstage might seem out of your production budget, or just out of your league. HD Pro Jim Ross will show you that is simply not the case.
In my work as a video pro, my niche is in filming adrenaline. So I film on location the vast majority of the time. But sometimes it’s just not conducive to film what we need on location. There is a lot to be said for finding the right place to film when you need things quiet and climate controlled. So today I’m gong to talk to you about the benefits of using a soundstage.
If your production requires people to be on camera for an extended period, such as an instructional or training video, bluescreen or greenscreen work, or any other production where you it is important to control the look and sound of the video, there really is no better place to film that is quiet and free of distraction, while keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, than in a sound stage.
Now whether you are looking to have a video created for your company, or you yourself are a video production person, just the thought of working on a soundstage might sound overwhelming, and you may have dismissed the whole idea as too expensive or unnecessary. But I’m going to tell you it doesn’t have to be expensive, and there are times when filming in that spare office or empty conference room MIGHT sound like a good idea, but it isn’t. The noise from the office, the A/C, the phones ringing, and all the other distractions can cost you time, as well as negatively affect the quality of your video. Especially for larger projects where you will be filming a large amount of content, a soundstage is not only a good idea, it’s a must.
There are different types of studio space you can utilize. And price varies as to the equipment, and setup that each studio has, so you will pay less for a bare-bones studio, and more for a fancier one. In Atlanta where I am based, for example, studio space can range from a few hundred dollars a day, to several thousand dollars. And since I’ve used several different ones, based upon my needs for the production at hand, I know that studios have their differences and benefits to using one over the other.
For example: sound stages are studios, but all studios are not sound stages. And here is Joe Spenneburg, Operations Manager at Magick Lantern Studios in Atlanta, where we are filming right now on their wonderful soundstage, to explain the difference to you.
JIM AND JOE TALK ABOUT SOUNDSTAGE VERSUS STUDIO
Even if you are not in Atlanta and can’t come see my friend Joe, here at Magick Lantern, with the rise in video popularity more studios and sound stages are popping up all over the country. So there is likely to be one near you if you are near a larger city. So check them out and don’t be afraid of the big scary soundstage. It is a wonderful asset to use to raise the production level of your video project.
Cinematographer & Video Pro