6 Uncommon Questions To Ask When Choosing a Studio

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Choosing the right studio is one of the biggest decisions in a video or photo production. Consider it the foundation of all productions. The space and what the studio provides (or lacks) can really make or break a shoot. There is no “catering decision”, no “call sheet”, no “final team decision”, or no “production” at all until a space is locked in. And there are many factors to think about in choosing the right space for your specific needs. Here are several uncommon questions to think about when choosing the right studio or stage rental for you —


How much space do I need?

In every production (video or still) you have to consider the amount of space you will need to achieve the creative vision. For instance, will there be movement? Or maybe you have multiple talents taking up the screen? Do you need to capture full body or just portrait? Do you require a huge set design? All of these questions sum up to help answer — Do I need a cyc or just a studio with simple seamless capabilities?

First, what is the difference between a cyc and a seamless setup? A cyc or cyclorama is a fully curved wall used as a background of a stage or studio set to suggest unlimited space. A seamless set up will require a paper backdrop of your choice and will be limited by size (usually 26” - 140”).

If your creative vision requires a lot of space or would rather have the option of having more space, a cyc stage is your choice! If you’re shooting tighter shots, like portraits, then a more simple seamless set up is sufficient. Bravo Studios has many cyc options. To see sizing examples, click here.


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To key or not to key?

This question poses to ask you if you intend to use the Chromakey process? Chromakey is the process of shooting against a green screen to then remove that screen color with special software, and adding in a different background. If you need to know the pros and cons of green screen vs white cyc, visit this article. If chromakey is needed, choose a studio that will provide a green screen. Bravo Studios provides many options and sizes for productions requiring green screen. View more information here.

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Do you need sound?

This seems like an obvious question but it is an overlooked and vital one to ask. For video productions that require sound, you should ALWAYS ask if the stage is “soundproof”. Many listings don’t state if their studio is soundproof or not, so it’s your job to take the extra step to find out. There’s much to love about New York City like the landscape, the readily available resources, but silence is one thing New York City lacks. Bravo Studios’ 3 stages are all soundproof. Click here to view them!

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Studio lighting or daylight?

Lighting is one of the most crucial aspect of every production. Does your video or image production require daylight or studio lighting? There are two things to consider here to answer this. What is the creative requirements, specifically, the lighting requirement, to fulfill the outcome you desire? And do you need consistency? Daylight, which is commonly promoted in many studios, rely on large windows AND sun. However, the sun changes throughout the day and may drastically change your lighting if you intend to shoot for longer than 4 hours. A studio lit space will essentially stay consistent the entire production. Studio lighting is also better if you need many different kinds of lighting. Make sure the studio or stage you rent has the lighting requirement you need. Bravo Studios is studio lighting only and even provides lighting equipment. View our lighting and equipment specs here.

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Is there a freight elevator available?

A freight elevator is designed to move goods and materials throughout a building. Compared to passenger elevators, freight cars can carry much heavier loads and are designed to withstand tougher working conditions. At a production, the last thing you want to do is to be lugging up large equipment up a 4 floor walk up. If you are expecting to arrive with a lot of equipment, art props, wardrobe, etc., a freight elevator will be very necessary. This is a question worth asking to avoid the fuss of adding 30 min to an hour of set up. And if you’re wondering if Bravo Studios has a full service freight elevator? The answer is yes.

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Will clients or a high profile celebrity be present?

Are you expecting clients or a high profile celebrity to arrive at the production? Does that mean you need a spacious lounge area or even a private holding area? How about kitchen access so you may store their favorite beverages and snacks? Sometimes a production needs to consider the comfortability and privacy the client or talent is expecting. Bravo Studios, for example, has client areas in all of their studios for privacy and comfort yet is close enough to the action to provide feedback.

For additional questions or booking information, please contact us at info@newyorkgreenscreen.com

THE ULTIMATE FAN

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Fanchest, a sports gear gift box, is the ultimate solution for many people who just don’t know what to buy their BFF, spouse, dad, or sports enthusiast. Asking their fans “ Are YOU The Ultimate Fan? Do You Know The Ultimate Fan?”, they created this commercial video to inspire those to enter their NFL Fan Tryouts! And they chose New York Green Screen to film their latest commercial campaign.

Safe to say, we’re a FAN of FANCHEST now.

Best Lunch Options Near Us : Chelsea + Flat Iron

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A happy tummy is a happy team. And a happy team produces the best work. Let’s also not forget how important lunch catering is to you client who may also be on set. Here are the best lunch options in the Chelsea and Flat Iron including catering options.

Quick Lunches or Delivery:

  1. Dig Inn - Easy crowd pleaser

  2. Sweetgreen - Better than a Salad…but still a salad

  3. Maison Kayser - French baguettes, oui oui (doesn’t deliver)

  4. Waldy’s Pizza - Innovative pizza, even more interesting toppings

  5. Inday - Dig Inn but Indian flavors

  6. Tacombi - For Taco Tuesday or just Taco Everyday

  7. Num Pang Sandwich - Vietnamese inspired sandwiches, bowls, and salads, yum!

  8. Aji Sushi - Sushi newbies and experts will be satisfied

Large Catering:

  1. Dig Inn - Local, Sustainable, & Something for Everyone

  2. Hill Country BBQ - Carnivores Heaven

  3. The Meatball Shop - NYC Fave

  4. Num Pang Sandwich - An easy win!

  5. Metro Cafe - Classic Catering Options

  6. Market Crates - Local & Sustainable

  7. Local 92 - Best Hummus!

  8. BONmi - Vietnamese Inspired

Tip: For catering, make sure you order at least 2 days before the expected catering date.

Green Screen vs White Cyc

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So you have a production in mind. Videos or stills, you have to pick the right studio for the production. First you have to answer — Green Screen or White Cyc? Now what is the difference between a White Cyc (Cyclorama) Studio and a Green Screen Stage?

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A White Cyclorama is a fully white curved wall used as a background of a stage or studio set to suggest unlimited space. This is the perfect choice when you need a fully white background. No seamless required. A white cyclorama is also the perfect option for when many different background and elaborate art direction is needed. Think of a white cyc as the ideal neutral background ready to be used however your imagination guides it.

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A Green Screen is used for ‘Chromakey’ production. Chromakey is the process of shooting against green screen to then remove that screen color with special software, and adding in a different background. Why green? Digital sensors, unlike film, are highly sensitive to the color green and human skin tones contain no green, preventing any background interference. (Tip: Don’t put your talent in green apparel!)

New York Green Screen has two locations with multiple options for your green screen and white cyclorama needs. Visit “Studio” page to see all our options.

Never a "RUFF" Day Here

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Sorry, not sorry for the dog pun! Here at New York Green Screen / Bravo Studios, we love every furry pup that steps onto our green screen or white cyc. Maybe it’s the way they look back at you with those big puppy dog eyes or their supper soft paws, either way, we can’t get enough of them.

Thank you @goldengingerpuppy, @allinfavortv, and @andrewsyris for sharing these photos on Instagram! We can’t wait to have you back.

Oxygen Media's "Abuse Of Power"

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Esteemed television journalist, Lauren Sivan, is the host of a new Oxygen Media show called 'Abuse Of Power'. "Through emotional testimonials, never-before-seen interviews and dramatic reenactments, 'Abuse of Power' will reveal the sordid details of some of the most notorious cases of exploitation and highlight gripping firsthand accounts from the victims and their families who will stop at nothing to get the justice they deserve." - Oxygen Media. Lauren Sivan and Oxygen Media chose Bravo Media as the perfect studio and stage for Sivan's consistent talking shots. 

Jukebox The Ghost MV

Jukebox The Ghost, an American three-piece power pop band, shot their entire "Everbody's Lonely" Music Video in Bravo Media's white cyclo stage in New York City. The stage came pre-lit but with our additional lighting package, the team transformed this white blank slate into a party with streamers, paint, choreographed dance moves, even sumo suits, and more. 

The Best Thing I Ever Ate

The Food Network television show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" shot all their latest season's interviews at Bravo Studios. Chef celebrities, like Carla Hall, came onto the set to rave about their most favorite meals which certainly made all our mouths water on set. The stage was completely custom built to create the perfect dining visual. 

WME-IMG Star-Packed PSA

WME-IMG donated $250,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center. WME-IMG partnered with CBS to shoot a star-packed PSA at Bravo Studios' white cyc stage. The PSA for the civil rights nonprofit debuted before the Aug. 26 Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. The roster included WME clients and/or CBS talent including Cristela Alonzo, Will Arnett, Kobe Bryant, Alan Cumming, Johnny Galecki, Tamron Hall, LL Cool J, Dakota Johnson, Gayle King, Tea Leoni, Rachel McAdams, Conan O’Brien, Michelle Rodriguez, Liam Hemsworth and Jason Segel reading a Nelson Mandela quote about tolerance — the same quote that former president Barack Obama shared in the most-liked Tweet ever.

Louie Vito x Proctor & Gamble

Who wouldn't want to know what's in Louie Vito - Olympian, Winter X Games, and U.S. Grand Prix Champion - keeps in his bathroom? Proctor and Gambles was curious, too. Vito and Proctor & Gamble shot this video at Bravo Studios on our 27th location. The footage is shot on a green screen stage and then put into post-production to create the cozy cabin background.