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Top 5 Reasons Filmmakers Should Use a Soundstage

Faster, Easier, Cheaper Productions At San Francisco Soundstages

For filmmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area, productions can take place in many locations, but a soundstage studio makes the most sense when balancing schedule, logistics, and budget. While it may be tempting to cut corners by shooting elsewhere, the best soundstages offer flexibility and space for filmmakers to fulfill their vision. Here are the top five reasons for filmmakers to go indoors when planning their productions:

 Number 1: Green Screen Flexibility

Wherever you want to shoot, there’s always the option of using a green screen to simplify production. This creates flexibility for many filming possibilities. Perhaps you want to film outdoors, have a fantastic scene idea, or there’s a safety issue,  such as shots inside a moving car or other risky elements — a green screen allows for minimal risk and maximum control.

Number 2: Easier Logistics

To film on locations, you’ll often have to get the appropriate permits in addition to working around cast and crew schedules for a specific available window. Filming on a soundstage studio, particularly with green screen availability, means you can bypass all of those logistical items and build your shooting schedule around flexible options rather than external logistical factors. This saves time, money, and headaches while creating a much more efficient scheduling process.

Number 3: Clean Sound

When shooting on location, there’s always the concern about external noise out of your control. Car sounds, airplanes, even high winds can create all sorts of production headaches, from delaying shooting to post-production audio cleanup. On the other hand, a soundstage studio is a controlled environment where filmmakers only have to worry about performance, not external factors. You may still have to clean up some audio in post-production, but even if that’s the case, the process will be far more efficient using audio recorded on a soundstage.

Number 4: Control the Lighting

Sometimes you need more light. Sometimes you need different light. If you’re not in a space to control every possible variable, that means that you may possibly shoot your production without ideal lighting. However, shooting on a soundstage studio with a lighting grid means you can create the specific setup necessary to achieve your ideal lighting. If you have access to a pre-lit soundstage, then you’ll save even more time, as the foundation has already been fine-tuned for the space and only detailed tweaking is required.

Number 5: Control the Environment

Shooting outside? Consider all of the factors that have to line up for a clean shoot: weather, visual distractions, even traffic and airplanes. All of those can create a logistical nightmare, even if the production itself is a simple setup with only two actors and minimal extra needs (stunts, effects, etc.). On a soundstage studio, there’s no need to check weather reports, keep an eye out for things breaking into camera view, or other environmental factors. Instead, everything is controlled so all filmmakers have to focus on is the actual production.

The Solution: San Francisco Bay Area Soundstage For Filmmakers

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Meets the Eye Studios offers two large soundstages — including a pre-lit green screen — loads of amenities, and an immaculate facility. Schedule a free tour now to see why award-winning filmmakers such as Rob Nilsson choose Meets the Eye for their production needs.