Tips for Hiring a Film, Video, Podcast or Photography Studio

When you are looking to hire studio space for your next film, video, podcast, or photographic shoot production, you might not have an idea of what to expect, and what to prepare for. At Studio 135, we pride ourselves on being “Knowledgeable, flexible, and easy to work with” because we know that every new client has different needs. Below are 10 tips to consider when hiring a studio.

Location, location, location

In the realm of property, Harold Samuel coined the phrase “location, location, location” as the three things that matter in property. The same phrase is also true when it comes to hiring studio space. With its temperate climate, great variety of outdoor locations, the world’s busiest airport, large crew base and pro-business focus, Georgia is now a leading destination in the world for filming.

Don’t compromise your vision for your budget

One of the most important things to stress is that a lot of clients feel as though when they hire studio space for their media production, they can only only do a single production. This is untrue! When scheduling a studio date, gather as much material as you can for multiple productions. If you’ve booked and paid for a full day, or multiple days, you may as well get the most out of the allocated time!

Consult professionals

When it comes to film or video productions, the complexity of your project depends on the set that you need. There is no way of knowing what your production design will cost you without getting professional advice. For instance, you can hire interior designers and convey the environment you’d like to create. They can advise you on how to deliver a cost-effective solution and further explain the type of work that will need to be done. Consulting professionals will save you additional costs long term.

Hiring production designers

After you have a better understanding of what you will be needing to bring your vision to life, it’s time to hire someone that can do the work for you. Set designers can be expensive, however an overlooked resource is recent university graduates that are looking for job experience. The city where you’re shooting likely has production or set design graduates that are more than willing to volunteer. Allow someone to help you and help them out in return.

Build your own production set

Studio 135 has a fully equipped Fabrication Shop for set building. You might not be able to afford a production design team, but hiring even one professional that knows what he or she is doing will be enough to help you in your endeavors. You can hire one set designer and get additional help from your crew. Building sets can be a lot of fun and having a professional on board will help you avoid a tacky design. With the right visuals and the right camera perspective, you can achieve the impossible.

Composition as part of design

If you’re on a tight budget, the next best thing to hiring help with production design is thinking about your angles and compositions down to the single frames. How you approach different camera angles will have a big impact on your audience. Depending on the type of set you’re working with, consider all the creative angles that you could shoot from. This will give you more control over your film and ultimately aid your production design.

Create a mood board

One of the many things a production designer would do is create a mood board or a ‘lookbook’ to match the aesthetics that you’re going for. Save yourself time and money by doing this yourself. You don’t have to have mad artistic skills to create lookbooks, mood boards and storyboards. You know better than anyone else the kind of look you have envisioned. To do this, you can find fitting images and piece them together to show the set designer exactly what you want.

Lighting makes all the difference

Something that will make you feel more optimistic about your ambitious projects is that stage designs are 75% lighting. This means that with the proper equipment, you can make your sets look expensive even when they’re not. Lighting equipment is key and Studio 135 has an extensive selection to choose from. Great lighting can alter an ordinary set into a dynamic environment and set the perfect mood for your shots.

Use film props to elevate your scene

Props are an important part of the set because the details communicate the time period of your setting. With significant funding limitations, you have to get creative about where you find your props as well. In fact, most productions rent their props or purchase them at local or online stores. Pay attention to the props, how you use them and find smarter ways to get your hands on the right ones. Details are a powerful tool in a production of any size.

Planning for your production

Meticulous planning is just part of the process. Make sure you plan all your moves and have an accurate and clear schedule for everyone to follow. The reason why this is important is because overtime work will cost you more money and in truth, bad planning is one of the main reasons productions go over budget. Start filming only when you have a plan in place, one that is reasonable, accurate and efficient.

Be actively involved

When investing a large amount of your budget into production, make sure you also plan on investing a bit of your time as well. Customers that are actively engaged in the production process, ultimately spend less time in the editing room and on the project overall. Figure out who the team is that you’ll be communicating with firsthand and make sure they know that you want to be involved. Clearly explain your vision and take in the recommendations that the Studio 135 team offers. Our expertise in producing similar videos might change your overall perspective on what to expect and you’ll wind up with a much cooler concept when you collaborate together.

Hopefully these ten tips will help out with your next project – feel free to ask us any questions you might have over these, or other topics via our Contact page. We’re always here to help share our expertise with you!

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