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Tilting Up -- Amazing Technology for Standing Sets

Traditional talk show and sitcom sets limit camera movement, especially for shots that tilt up. Why? Because studio lights are present above each set, and tilting up would reveal those lights, breaking the reality of the shot — especially on a sitcom. But what about standing sets at L.A. Castle Studios? Whether it's for a talk show, live sitcom show, game show, or even a full-length feature film, our standing sets allow full camera movement.

In the attached video, look at what happens when our jib operator tilts up. You see not the lights of our studio, but a kitchen atrium with a tree blowing in the wind. If you were to construct this home at any other studio in Burbank, it would be impossible for you to see a ceiling and the sky like this.

Now one small portion of our Italian Village set. Again, when our jib operator tilts up, you see the sky. Even though the actor is actually standing indoors.

Over to our warehouse set. Filming in a traditional warehouse would involve a very complicated lighting setup — which of course we have running on stage, but when we tilt up, you don’t see our real lights. You see the lights of the warehouse just as they should be. This can lead to some very cool shots that are impossible in a real warehouse.

One more example for you — Over to our space station. Again, when my jib operator tilts up, you see the ceiling of the space station. Our actor is still on our same stage in Burbank, but he sees himself in the space station and you see him there too. This space station is huge. It would take a million dollars or more to build. We have it for much less and it’s just as, if not more real than if it were really built on any other stage in Burbank.

Now I know you think this is bogus, but we invite you to our studio for a free tour and live demo of our amazing technology and show you in person, what this blog post is about. Give us a call at 818-861-7317.

L.A. Castle Studios Honored to Host Chinese New Year Party

Our studio owner Tim Pipher was honored to host, along with Cinema Libre Studios and world champion boxer “Iron” Mike Tyson, a Chinese New Year party at L.A. Castle Studios. The party included celebrities, stunning martial arts performances, awards, raffles, and of course delicious sushi, noodles, and desserts.

Thank you to all who attended this fantastic evening event.

Happy New Year!

New Video Shows Off The Capabilities of L.A. Castle Studios

Our studio, L.A. Castle Studios, “The World's Leading Studio for Spectacular  -- and Cheap -- Talk Shows, News Sets, Host Wraps, and Game Shows” has released a new promo video showing off the possibilities of its full service production studio. 

Please be sure to watch and then schedule a tour and demo at our Burbank location. 



Airport Terminal Film Set at L.A. Castle Studios

One of the problems faced by filmmakers and location scouts is that available sets and locations are often restricted by budget, distance, and availability.

Even though many scripts call for airport scenes, terminals are notoriously difficult to film in. Permits are expensive, and extras difficult to secure. In addition, there are the difficulties that come with security, and real travelers trying to catch their flights.

L.A. Castle Studios has solved these difficulties with our new Airport Terminal Film Set. Our airport terminal is available now, can be customized to suit any geographic locale, specific airport, or airline, and includes digital actors in the background. We have the whole airport available including TSA, baggage claim, and more.

Contact L.A. Castle Studios today and film your next production at our studio on our airport film set.

A sample of the set is below:

Live Streaming — Changing Production Convenience

Have you ever wanted to film on particular dates, but find your client unavailable to travel to Los Angeles on those dates? Good news! L.A. Castle Studios has engineered a video linking service. Our video linking service allows productions being filmed on our stage to be streamed to your client, no matter where they are. The stream, like most productions on our stage, is live-composited so you and your clients will see full set environments and actors together. 

While viewing the live stream, your clients can make comments on the production and you can ensure that you’re meeting your client’s vision. For a “behind the scenes” type video, these streams can be recorded for future use. 

L.A. Castle Studios — the future of production studios has arrived.

-L.A. Castle Studios Team

Linda Gray on Hallmark Channel Discussing Hilton Head Island

TV legend Linda Gray, star of the CBS series Dallas, one of the highest rated TV series of all time, appeared recently on Hallmark Channel to discuss her latest project, Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head Island was created by Tim Pipher at L.A. Castle Studios and the entire 32 episode series was filmed on our stage.

Linda Gray was a delight to work with.

When filming Hilton Head Island, our Unreal Video Game Engine technology allowed us to re-create locations from around Hilton Head Island in South Carolina on our stage in Burbank, California. Golf course sets, restaurant sets, living room sets, hotel sets, hospital sets, kitchen sets, patio sets, bedroom sets, and many more -- more than 50 locations in fact, were filmed on our stage with complete reality, saving millions in location and set construction fees. When our director and crew looked at the monitors surrounding our stage, they saw the actors as they appeared in the various environments including full background, lighting, and moving cameras. And, when it's time to film on those scenes again -- they're ready to go, stored digitally in our standing set library.

For the future of standing sets and backlots, this has huge implications. L.A. Castle Studios has access to a library of thousands of standing sets on our digital backlot. And if we're missing any location, we can create it as we did for many of the scenes on Hilton Head Island.

If you're looking to film a TV show, feature film, talk show, soap opera and more, contact us and film here at L.A. Castle Studios in 4K in any location you can imagine, past, present, or future.

Please be sure to watch the video below and then watch seasons 1 & 2 of Hilton Head Island, streaming now at Pureflix.com.

"The Art of Stagecraft" at L.A. Castle Studios

L.A. Castle Studios was honored to have been the host location for a panel conversation on “The Art of Stagecraft”, presented by the Burbank Arts for All Foundation. 

Our studio was a unique location for the panel because the panelists were sitting on a green stage with green behind them. But, in the monitors surrounding our stage, the panel audience was seeing something totally different and in many ways, amazing. In the monitors, the background behind the panel was rotating to various beautiful locations as we brought up virtual sets powered by the Unreal Video Game Engine. From a beautiful penthouse virtual set overlooking Downtown Los Angeles by night to a space station virtual set, to a backyard virtual set, to the Wild West, London, and many places in-between, the audience was treated to a visual delight. 

L.A. Castle Studios’ virtual studio technology, powered by the Unreal Video Game Engine allows for productions like this, and movies, TV shows, talk shows, and more to take place anywhere you can dream; past, present, or future, on virtual sets powered by the Unreal Video Game engine. 

Take a look at the video below and while you watch, please keep a few things in mind. 

1. Think about how our revolutionary technology might work with your production — imagineer being able to quickly film in many locations, at the push of a button!

2. We did not stop the panel to configure lighting for each set. Our system allows for full control over stage and cinema lighting; just as if you were really filming on any of these locations.

3. The panelists were not mic’d individually — we apologize for any audio problems!

Thanks for reading and watching! Now be sure to book a tour of our production studio, located in Burbank, California. 

And, be sure to support the Burbank Arts for All Foundation here: http://www.burbankartsforall.org/support-us/

-L.A. Castle Studios Team