Most people simply turn on their TV sets, watch their shows and are completely oblivious to what a sound stage is. Of course, everyone knows what a stage is but most people couldn’t tell you what differentiates a sound stage from any other type of stage.
Quite simply, a sound stage is a movie or TV show set that is constructed to block out any other sounds other than those that are going to be recorded in the shoot. This may sound simple on the surface but in fact it is a craft that must be studied and learned.
It is the production designers job to draw up the original plans for a sound stage and then the carpenters who are employed to work on the set will build it. It not only must be sturdy and functional but it also must adequately accommodate all the particulars that will go into each scene that is shot in the movie or TV show.
For instance, the lighting technicians will have to have the means and accommodations to set up their lighting. Also, the set decorators must at the same time be able to do their jobs accordingly as well. Also, gaffers and camera technicians are also going to have to be able to do what they are required to do on a sound stage.
One thing is for certain and that is that any changes in a finished sound stage can delay production, so everything must be done correctly the first time. So, you see there really is more to it then meets the eye when it comes to designing and building sound stages.
This is precisely why all successful designers of sound stages have completed some type of formal studies at a film production design school or academy. Trying to make a living as a sound stage or production designer without a formal education is pretty much a waste of time because you will be competing with those who have.
If you are a filmmaker or video producer, then you know that it is very hard to find affordable sound stages in LA. There are only 2 sound stages available per 1,000 people.
As Los Angeles continues to grow as the entertainment capital of the world, there will be an increasing demand for quality film and tv production facilities.
Mack Sennett Studios has 4 state-of-the-art soundstages available for rent at competitive prices. We have 16,400 sqft of space with 15′ ceilings and can accommodate any kind of project – from television shows to music videos to feature films. Our stage facility has been designed by industry professionals who understand what makes a good set great. That’s why we offer top notch amenities like air conditioning/heating control systems, high speed internet access (up to 100mbps), power supply capabilities up to 800 amps on each stage floor and much more!
Mack Sennett Studios
1215 Bates Ave Los Angeles, CA 90029