rental studios for photography and film issue 1 May 2009Featuring creative talent and services from the most interesting industry sectors
Big Sky London
Black Box Studio
Delight Rental Services
The Street Studios
Big Sky is central London's largest and most accessible full service studio, located in Kings Cross, the heart of London's creative industries and international transport links.
The 3,400 m² (37,000 sq ft) purpose-built complex houses six versatile, fully equipped studios, ranging in size from 175 m² (1,900 sq ft) to 600 m² (6,500 sq ft). Each studio has kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as ancillary space for styling, dining, production and entertainment.
The studios also benefit from a comprehensive lighting and equipment store, on site set designers and builders, digital and re-touching services, catering and on site parking.
Big Sky London is run by a team of 20 industry professionals, experienced in offering full support in the production of photography, filming and events.
The Black Box studios are designed for professional photography and film productions. Facilities include a range of special equipment for car photography, including over-sized seamless backgrounds, an 11m vertical shooting height (standing), a variety of sails, as well as Bläsing, Elinchrome and Tungsten lighting equipment.
The complex includes separate rooms for hair and make-up, as well as a cafeteria. Conveniently located near the A-5 motorway, there are a variety of hotels providing a range of accommodation nearby.
Studio dimensions and facilities:
- Studio 1: 575 m², background cove, 27 current metres, height of 9m, lighting pit background system ideal for green, blue, white or black box and perfect for 16:9 format shooting.
- Studio 1a: 300 m², lighting pit background system, specially designed for light effects including water surface shots.
- Studio 1b: 275 m², background cove, 27 current metres, height of 9m as white or green box.
- Studio 3: 90 m², round horizon overhead, perfect for fashion, beauty and still life.
Only five minutes walk from Alexanderplatz in the centre of Berlin, Delight Rental Studios offers 1000 m² of attractive studio space.
Covering 600 and 400 m² respectively, the two light flooded and minimalist designed studios benefit from a professional in-house team that provides the ideal infrastructure for all types of creative project. Aside from photo productions, the studios are the perfect location for special events and temporary exhibitions.
Delight Rental Services also offers direct access to its equipment rental department.
Visit the main website or check the studio site for more information.
Delight Studios, Stockholm and northern Europe's ultimate photo and film complex, is a creative centre for visual communications.
Offering full production services and a great atmosphere in which to work, the facility includes four natural light studios and a fifth windowless studio, perfect for still life and sound recordings. Ranging from 65 to 400 m², each studio can be transformed to fit a variety of production needs.
The rental department, located at the heart of the complex, is fully equipped to satisfy all production requirements. New product launches are regularly presented, and the top of the range Phase One P65+ digital back has recently been made available.
Workshops, exhibitions, company presentations and other events are also welcome at the studio complex. The cafe and restaurant area forms a natural meeting spot, with an on site chef serving a daily buffet and providing gastronomic delights.
Clients include Bjorn Borg, Diesel, H&M, Absolut, Ikea, Sony-Ericsson, Nike, Marco Polo, Wella, Oriflame and Acne.
Check the website for more information.
From a truck to a Smart car - or even a Tonka toy - Eastside Studios has the space to facilitate any shooting requirements. Whatever the model or subject - vehicles, room sets, fashion or still life - the company's studios offer everything expected of a London studio, except the rates.
The spacious complex has three self-contained fully equipped studios, all with drive-in access and two of which are fully coved. Eastside can accommodate the largest vehicles or room sets, with plenty of space for transporters and secure unloading.
Based close to London Docklands within easy reach of the City and the M25, the company offers more than simply large, well equipped studios and a convenient location. It works hard to provide everything required for a problem-free shoot - from expert studio assistants to catering facilities, all planning headaches can be taken care of.
Eastside's costs are all-inclusive, covering everything from studio hire and power to refreshments, and are probably substantially lower than most central London photographic studios.
The Eisbach Studios are used primarily for professional film and TV productions, as well as complex photo shoots.
If the schedule allows, the extraordinary location can also be booked for exclusive corporate events such as gala evenings, roadshows, workshops or product presentations.
The studio complex, located to the west of Munich, contains two large hall complexes connected by a 15 tonne crane track. Six studios ranging from 200 to 1400 m² can be fully adjusted and combined according to requirements. Additional on site services include catering and technical support.
The company works hard to ensure its clients' projects stay on budget and do not encounter any unexpected costs. Visit the website for more information.
Holborn Studios is one of the oldest and most renowned hire studios in London. Celebrating its 30th birthday this year, the studios were famously described by the late Helmut Newton as "The Abbey Road of photography".
Consisting of 18 individual studio spaces and with a wealth of expertise and facilities, Holborn represents the crème de la crème of studio hire. While undeniably at the upper-end of the spectrum, the complex has some truly unique facilities including spaces that are large enough to drive into, making it a popular location for car shoots, set builds and animal shoots.
There is also a wonderful on site catering facility, The Commissary, and a magnificent Green Room in which to keep clients entertained.
Check the website for more information.
Street Space is a stunning new location studio in London N1. A ground floor and mezzanine daylight studio with double height space comes equipped with an excellent working kitchen including island unit, oak floors, terrace and secure off-street parking.
- Street Studios: four large daylight or blackout studios, on site set building and off-street parking in London E8.
- Street Digital: competitive digital capture packages with the Phase One system, experienced operators and either the P25+ or P45.
- Street Lighting: full stock of lighting kit for hire.
- Full catering services.
Visit the website for further details and floor plans. To view the studios at anytime, call +44(0)207 923 9430 to arrange an appointment.
Zownir Locations is a London-based agency with a selection of carefully chosen properties available to hire for photographic and film shoots.
Its portfolio includes Studio 9, which is situated in South West London and it's an excellent studio and location combined. With over 2400 sq ft lit by double height south facing windows, the studio enjoys easy access for deliveries of props and equipment as well as free parking inside a secure gated development. With poly boards, colorama and steamer on site, plus all the usual office facilities and a studio manager, the team can even assist with all catering requirements. Flexible fees can also be negotiated where budgets are tight.
Recent clients include Sony, Marks and Spencer, Grazia Magazine and Next.
For a bespoke, friendly and highly efficient service, contact Heather or Maggie on +44(0)20 7738 2002 or visit the website for more details.