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C&I Studio Blog Shooting on Location vs. Shooting in a Studio Rental, and When You Need to Use Both

Knowing where you’re going to be filming is important to the entire film production process. Knowing your filming location will help you when it comes to the details of the production. You’ll be able to plan for what kind of set needs to be built, what kind of lighting you need to set up, audio information, and what kind of crew you’ll need. And, you’ll be able to budget accordingly!

Where are you planning to film?

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of each filming option:

Of course, there are benefits and drawbacks to filming either on location or in a studio rental.

Filming On Location:

Filming on location means that you’re taking your production out into the world. This can be a great way to add realism and production value to your project. On-location filming also gives you the opportunity to film in unique locations that you couldn’t recreate in a studio.

There are a few drawbacks to filming on location as well. First of all, it can be more expensive to film on location than in a studio. You’ll have to pay for things like travel and accommodation for your cast and crew. filming on location also means that you’re at the mercy of the weather. If it’s raining or snowing, you’ll have to work around it.

There’s also the issue of making sure it’s legal for you to be filming. You’ll need to get filming permits if you’re filming in a public space. And if you’re filming on private property, you’ll need to get the owner’s permission. If you’re filming in a public space, you’ll need to consider people who are using the space, but aren’t a part of your production. You’ll need to be considerate of their needs and make sure that your filming doesn’t interfere with their use of the space, and you’ll need to make sure that they’re ok with being filmed if your shot ends up including them.

Depending on the location, you may need specialized gear and crews. For example, if you’re filming in a remote location, you may need to bring in generators and other equipment. But, the results can truly be awe-inspiring if properly filmed.

Overall, filming on location can be a great way to add production value and realism to your project. But it’s important to be aware of the potential drawbacks before you make the decision to film on location.

Studio Rental:

Renting a studio gives you more control over your production. You won’t have to worry about the weather, and you can control the lighting and sound. Studios are also typically more affordable than filming on location.

Studios also take out the work of needing permits, which certainly can save you a headache or two. However, filming in a studio can sometimes make your project feel less realistic. If you’re filming a scene set in a specific location, it can be difficult to recreate that feeling in a studio. But, you do have the ability to build sets to your own liking.

The downside of filming in a studio is that it can often look fake. Based on the look you are going for, this might be exactly what you are looking for!  With paper backdrops or the ability to build out custom sets, your production can be completely controlled in a video. This is why it’s important to choose a studio that has a variety of different sets and looks, or space to build custom sets.

Overall, filming in a studio rental can be a great option if you’re looking for more control over your production. But it’s important to be aware of the potential drawbacks before you make the decision to film in a studio.

So, which is better for your project? It depends on what you’re looking for. If you want to add production value and realism, filming on location might be the way to go. But if you’re looking for more control over your production, filming in a studio rental might be the better option. In some cases, you might even need to film both on location and in a studio rental.

Navigating a Production That Requires Filming On Location and in a Studio Rental:

There are some productions that require filming both on location and in a studio. For example, if you’re filming a period piece, you might film exteriors on location and interiors in a studio. Or if you’re filming a movie with special effects, you might film the scenes with effects in a studio and then film the scenes without effects on location.

The key to filming both on location and in a studio is to make sure that the two don’t look too different from each other. You want your audience to believe that the film is taking place in one continuous world. To do this, you’ll need to be careful about things like lighting and set design.

When filming both on location and in a studio rental is necessary, it’s important to plan and budget accordingly. Make sure you have the resources and crew necessary to film in both locations. By being prepared, you can make the most of filming in both locations and create a great film.

Filming both on location and in a studio can give your production the best of both worlds. By carefully planning your shoot, you can make sure that your film looks great no matter where you’re filming.

Where can I find a Studio to Rent?

C&I Studios has studios strategically placed in major cities throughout the United States like Los Angeles, South Florida, and New York City, just to name a few. Our studios are fully equipped and able to be rented any time of day or night by the hour.

Some of our studios are even equipped with specialized gear and spaces. We can host you for podcast productions, livestreamed events, photoshoots of both models and products, and everything in between!

Are you all set on a location, but just need gear? We have that available for rent, too. We have a variety of cameras, lighting equipment, microphones, and even teleprompters, to name a few things. It doesn’t matter where you’re located, you can get your hands on some rented gear through C&I Studios.

And if you need a crew to work that gear, we have crews available to help your production. From a one-person team to a full production, our crews are equipped and ready to help with your filming needs. If you’re not sure about hiring a crew, check out Why Hiring a Camera Crew is Worth the Investment.

We have a wide variety of studios and production services because we want you to be able to create the content you need, exactly how you need it. If you’re not sure what kind of studio or service you need, reach out to us. We would be happy to help!

You can contact us any time for quotes or book either studio or gear rentals. We want to help you make great content, no matter what your filming needs are.

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