virtual sets

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.

News on News

Need to film a news scene? We’ve got you covered. L.A. Castle Studios is proud to offer beautiful news sets, complete with stunning news desks. Every element and monitor on the set and desks are customizable with your graphics, photos, videos, and logos.

Do our news sets look familiar? We use the same designer for many of the sets you’ve seen on Fox, NBC, and other major networks.

Recently, the news scenes from Universal Pictures’ The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, and Russell Crowe were filmed on our stage in Burbank. We’ve also filmed news scenes for TV shows including Bosch on Amazon Prime, infomercials, and videos for the web.

When information is critical, we’ve made it easy to get the word out; whether it’s for the real world or a fictional world in your next TV series or movie.

Contact us today for a tour of our studio and demonstrations of our various news scenes.

Below is a news scene we made for a feature film.

"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