Best Practices When Using a Brooklyn Sound Stage

Written by James RobinsonDecember 9, 2020

These are guidelines for better, more organized shoots when renting a Brooklyn sound stage

If you’re thinking about renting a soundstage for production in the Brooklyn area, chances are you’ve got a lot going on. Casting, logistics, transportation, crew, it all amasses into one enormous to-do list. To make your life easier, Samson Stages presents three best practices we recommend to all productions renting out Brooklyn sound stages for their shoots.

USE THE SOUNDSTAGE TO FILM MULTIPLE SHOTS

Just because you rent a soundstage doesn’t mean that you’ll need the entire space for different shots. In that case, it’s conceivable to multitask. By organizing your crew and partitioning off space, you can handle your primary shoot while using these other areas for secondary purposes, anything from talking head close-ups to promotional photography. This is predominantly useful if the soundstage has a large green cyc wall similar to what we have at Samson Stages.

ADJUST SPACE WITH VIDEO FEEDS

Sometimes it’s good to have clients, VIPs, and non-essential crew on the soundstage for shoots. On the other hand, in many cases, they’re simply well-meaning extra variables that need to be controlled. If you can patch video feeds to external rooms, this will allow those individuals to monitor the proceedings while giving important cast and crew the space to focus on their work. Of course, there are many ways to drive video feeds.

KEEP EVERYONE HAPPY

A happy cast and crew is an effective and engaging cast and crew. However, times onset can take forever and people will start to get tired and become uncomfortable. That’s why one of the most significant best practices has less to do with the soundstage than the folks around it. Keeping cast and crew happy means a peaceful environment, access to relaxing lounges/green rooms, and prepared food. How do you achieve this? Call up the soundstage manager ahead of time and confirm the amenities provided to cast and crew and if there is an additional cost.

At Samson Stages, cast and crew comfort was behind many of our design decisions, from the spacious lounges/green room to the spacious makeup rooms and kitchen areas; all of these elements were integrated to keep cast and crew happy and comfortable, guaranteeing that clients could focus without interruption on the soundstage.

Samson Stages offers two large Brooklyn soundstages, in addition to numerous amenities and an immaculately kept facility with ample parking– all at no additional cost. Schedule a free tour of our Brooklyn facility today and see for yourself why New York filmmakers choose Samson Stages.