MetamoraTV and Studio Set Design

I’ve received emails over the past two weeks asking if we are planning to continue MetamoraTV.  The answer is YES!  With an overwhelming support with our YouTube channel, we’ve decided to re-design our studio set.  We plan to design a simple, yet inviting studio with accent chairs and a nice, dark blue background instead of the “chroma-key” background that we used for our first several interview.  We feel this new look will bring a softer and calmer look to our site allowing our guests to feel more comfortable about telling their transformative, inspiring and life changing stories for our cameras.

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Cozy accent chair, TV studio

This brings up the question that some may have…how do I design my own TV studio?  This is a great DIY project if you are interested in TV, film, or just for having fun with the family.  According to The DV show, building a small basement (or other room, like a garage) studio is fairly simple:

If you want to convert any room into an inexpensive TV studio, your most important step is to select a problem-free space. A basement is a great spot, but you have to think about temperature control, it may be under a heavily traveled kitchen or corridor requiring you to insulate against the sound of footsteps, air conditioner noises, the roar of a furnace, the whine of a pump, or even the deedle-deedle of a nearby telephone or alarm can be very expensive to seal out. In short, you need to pick a quiet place with plenty of electricity and no unusual noise, heating or moisture problems.

An enormous production space isn’t necessary unless you’re setting up a Ben Hur chariot race scene. You’d be surprised at how small most broadcast news and sitcom sets are. To the viewer, what is seen on the screen is all that matters; whatever is off screen by just a foot (i.e. garden tools, clothes racks, storage shelves stacked with paint cans) doesn’t exist.

In regards to sound control (which is extremely important and sometimes overlooked), The DV Show writes:

Unwanted sound comes from two places: outside the studio and inside the studio. Let’s deal with the outside first.

Sound will enter your studio if it can find holes in the wall, cracks around doors and windows, and spaces around pipes and duct work. Somehow you need to seal the room tightly so that air cannot get in or escape.

Weatherstrip all the doors and windows. If you are not using a window, you may wish to cover it with plywood and seal it that way. Caulk any loose fitting walls or wall-to-ceiling joints and any places where pipes and wires enter the room. If a hole is too large to caulk, try stuffing fiberglass insulation into it.

Sliding glass doors and steel doors designed for exterior use are often weatherstripped and seal nicely. The same goes for exterior thermopane windows.

A simple set, a wall mural, a bookshelf and a potted plant, or a chroma key blue curtain is all that is needed to suspend reality. Big studios aren’t necessary.  More information about set design can be found here.

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MetamoraTV’s new look will debut in June (exact date TBA) so hold tight for more great interviews.  If you or someone you know may want to be on our show, please contact us anytime.

 

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