Hire film studios in London
There are many location options for shooting a production, from on-location to your client’s premises, so why hire a dedicated film studio? To give you control over your shooting days. When you book a studio you have that time to dedicate solely to filming, you have complete control over the lighting, background, and there are no external distractions. Time is precious on a film set, and when hiring a studio you don’t need to eat into your shooting day transporting and setting up lights and kit, so you have more time to actually do the creative work. Plus with a kitchen, tea and coffee making facilities, catering options, and chill-out areas, you’ll have a happy team too.
Make sure to review our checklist below before you book so you feel confident and prepared for your next film production.
Checklist for hiring TV and film studios in London
Choose a location
In London you’re spoiled for choice, so try narrowing your search down to the most convenient area near you, there are studio options covering north, south, east and west.
If you need to drive to the location you can use Tutti’s advanced search tool to filter the studios by free or paid parking to ensure you will have a carpark space available. If you would prefer to take public transport, each listing also shows you the closest tube lines and bus routes.
Establish your budget
Even a simple shoot requires a crew with specific skills to put it all together, so you’ll need to factor this into your budget over and above the basic fee for location hire. Here are some of the roles that you might need to fill:
- Camera operator
- Lighting person
- Hair and makeup artist
Do you need a green screen?
A green screen is a large green backdrop placed in the background of a shot, allowing you to add visual effects later in the editing process. Some venues even offer entire green screen studios covering the floor and walls.
Do you need to hire or buy equipment?
You’ll require camera, lighting and sound equipment for your shoot, so if you don’t already own equipment, the simplest option is to select a fully equipped studio. Each listing on Tutti will list information about equipment included and whether it is included in the hire fee or not. If you are unsure, simply send the host a message. Hiring equipment is a great way to test new equipment you haven’t tried before, to see if you like the results before you decide whether it’s worth investing in.
How much space do you need?
A TV or film production can require a large team, so it’s important to check the capacity of the studio. Using Tutti’s advanced search filter you can specify your standing and sitting capacity requirements.
Do you have a production plan?
You don’t need to plan your shoot down to the minute, but creating a rough schedule outlining the order of scenes to film, some visual references and extra details like camera angles or lighting set-up will make your day go so much more smoothly and ensure every team member is on the same page. It’s also a great idea to send out a call sheet several days before the shoot. The call sheet will include the shoot date and start time, location address (including specific details like parking access), the responsibilities of each person, and contact details. Ask each person to confirm they have received the call sheet so you know everyone has the correct information.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much should I budget to hire a film studio in London?
London offers a wide range of film studios for hire for every budget. You can narrow your search by using the advanced search options and filtering by price. Most venues in London charge by the day or half-day with the majority of prices falling between 250 and 1500 per day. You can also request multiple dates when you send an enquiry through Tutti.
What is the ambient noise level? Will it be an issue for my shoot?
When searching listings on Tutti you will find a description of the location external noise under general information, and if you have specific noise level requirements you can also use Tutti’s advanced search tool to filter your results.
Can I hire a professional videographer or assistant?
Yes, some photo studios in London work with specific professionals they trust and you can hire their services through the venue. This is a more convenient option if you don’t have time to search yourself. You can either message the host or ask them the question when you submit a booking request to see if this is something they can offer as part of your hire, along with indications on costs.
Do London film studios come fully equipped or do I need to bring my own equipment?
Studios in London generally have all the basic equipment available at the venue such as coloramas, softboxes, speakers, and lights, and should be listed. But it is up to the studio whether the equipment is included in the hire fee or whether you hire them separately. If you have specific requirements feel free to message the host and see if they can accommodate your needs.
What are the benefits of hiring a film studio in London?
Because of the high demand for studios in London, venues have been able to specialise for certain types of productions including green screen studios, drive-in infinity coves, and state of the art recording studios, that you won’t find anywhere else. But if you’re looking for a more basic, beginner-friendly studio there are plenty of these too