Hire green screen studios in London
Do you have grand visions for your TV or film production set that just seem impossible to achieve right now? Can’t afford to fly your production to New Zealand, the Arctic Circle or the Moon? Then a green screen studio is just what you need.
The purpose of using a green screen is to allow special effects and computer graphics (CGI) to be added to your shots in post-production. Imagine being able to world-build a fantasy realm or for your characters to time travel. Green screens aren’t only used to make big-budget Hollywood superhero films like Marvel. They can also be used for a range of digital content including Youtube vlogs, podcasts, and live streams. Browse Tutti for a range of green screen studios available for hire in London, and check out our detailed guide below so you are prepared for your shoot.
Why hire a green screen background in London?
What is a green screen?
A green screen is exactly what it sounds like, a large neon green-coloured backdrop placed in the background of a film shot. This allows editors to create video layers with the subject in front of the green screen and the special effects replacing the green screen, also known as chroma keying. Green screen studios offer a green backdrop plus all the usual equipment and facilities you would expect when hiring a professional film studio.
Why green? This wasn’t always the case, the first background was actually black, but after trying several options, the film industry decided green provided the best results. Because in order to remove the background colour, it needs to be different from everything else in the shot - including hair, skin colour, and wardrobe.
Why hire a green screen in London?
With so much creative content coming out of London, the city has all your bases covered for green screen studios. Hire a fully equipped green screen studio such as Mavro Worldwide Studios in South London or a more basic studio space with green screen option such as Studio 220 Brick Lane in East London.
Beginner’s guide: How to use a green screen
Shooting on a green screen can save you time and resources, but only if it’s done correctly, otherwise it will only create more work for you. These tips will help you get the most out of your green screen shoot.
- Make sure the green screen is as flat and smooth as possible, wrinkles or defects in the screen will interfere with the editing process. Use an iron to smooth out the wrinkles on the green screen or ask if the venue provides a wrinkle-resistant matte screen.
- Light your screen first, then your subject. Don’t be tempted to light the screen and the subject as one, because the screen needs to be as evenly lit as possible. You’ll need multiple high-quality lights for this and we suggest aiming for diffused, non directional lighting that hits your screen from above.
- Don’t wear any clothes or costumes that match the background. Otherwise, those parts of the body will disappear and essentially become a green screen themselves. Watch out for clothing with a hint of green too like khaki colours, as these can become semi-translucent.
- Keep as much space between the subject and the green screen as possible. Aim for about 10 feet of distance to prevent green tones spilling onto the subject and unwanted shadows from appearing on the screen.
Checklist for hiring green screen studios in London
Have you established a budget?
On top of the basic hire fee for your studio, remember to include costs for equipment hire if needed, transport, and fees for additional crew such as a videographer or assistants.
What lighting do you need?
Decide which lights to use for the screen itself and a method for diffusing, like softboxes, to put around them. Next, get lights for the subject of your video, again with diffusion through a softbox or umbrella. You may also want to use a rim light to create a sharper line between your subject and background.
Do you need to hire 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 with everything available for hire. It’s also essential to stabilise your shots with a device like a tripod, monopod, or gimbal stabiliser, or else you will end up with shaky footage.
How much space do you require?
The size and number of subjects for your shoot will determine how much space you’ll need - whether you are filming a group of people, a single person or an object. Everyone must have enough room to move comfortably and the camera should have space to be operated from different angles without interruption.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to hire a green screen studio in London?
There are green screen studios to suit every budget in London. 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.
This is my first time hiring a green screen studio, what do I need to know?
Don’t worry if you aren’t too familiar with green screens yet, the studio staff are usually film and photography professionals who will be ready to help you out with any questions on setup and lighting.
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.
What equipment is normally included with a London green screen studio?
The green screen itself is the most essential part of a green screen studio and can come in a variety of sizes and shapes. There are simple green screen coloramas, U-shaped infinity coves, and full green screen rooms with fabric walls and painted floors. Studios often have a wide range of other professional equipment available for hire, including digital systems, lenses and lights.
Where is the best area in London to hire a green screen studio?
Green screen studios can be found all over the city, and particularly east and south London. Boroughs with green screen studios include: Greenwich, Lewisham, Shoreditch, Dalston, and Stratford.