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Everybody who has visited the studio has fallen in love with its unique configuration even before we made any headway in clearing it out. Photographers, filmmakers, visual artists love the light, the openness, the versatility and potenial. We've just opened and are in the process of building out this space as a photography studio, an event location, and a gallery. With a few backdrops in a 25'x30' space, we are open for business now. There is abundant natural light and we are constantly adding new gear to the arsenal, all of which are available to clients. At one end of main studio space, under an 11' ceiling, are backdrops and lights. At the other, the room opens up to a bright, naturally lit area under two rows of six foot tall clerestory windows that run about fifty feet down the top of the building, where there is another movable backdrop stand. We'd love to host your next creative production. At this time, we can shoot film/video, but there are fans running in another part of the building, so not good for filming requiring sound. We will be adding new backdrops and equipment, i.e., lighting gear, as quickly as possible, so be sure to check if you need something specific. There isn't much nearby. The building is on a dead-end street on the fringes of the Oakland neighborhood known as Durant Manor. There is a large construction project across the street. It's easy to get to, driving. There is a dock-high rollup door if you need to bring in something big. It certainly will make moving equipment, props, clothes, etc., in and out. SPACE FEATURES Main studio area 750 sq. ft with furniture on sides of room. Empty windowless 15'x18' room with high ceiling and smaller windowless room with lower ceiling upstairs. Balcony with bright clerestory industrial windows as backdrops. On-site manager. Charcoal grey 9' continuos backdrop, 6' pink continuous paper backdrop, large black and burgundy cloth rococo backdrop, various raw warehouse walls usable as backdrops. Natural light, best before 1 pm or after 6 pm WIFI - 86 Mbps Download, 6 Mbps Upload CONVENIENCE Ground floor with low dock-high rollup gate. Studio is not quiet enough for sound stage work. Power strips and extension cords to cover all spaces. There is a reception area that can be used for make-up, etc. There is a room with a clothing rack that can be used as a dressing room. The natural light is very bright and mid-afternoon shines directly into the space, effectively blowing out that one area. All interior areas of the space accessible for production purposes, if needed. Space is about 3000 sq. ft. total. We haven't built out the power infrastructure yet, but there is enough power coming in to the building for anything - just give us enough warning to tap into it for you. RULES SECTION (different than About The Space section) On arrival, call or text so I can raise rollup door and open front door for your access. Parking is virtually unlimited on the other side of street, from our building west towards International. I usually have 2-5 spaces in front of the building as well. You can park a trailer on the street. No firearms or incendiary devices allowed in building. If you need some kind of open flame beyond candles for your shoot, please inquire first. Figurative nude and/or erotic photography is ok. Porn, no. You have access to all spaces, if an associate is present. Reasonable noise restrictions apply. Nothing too loud after 9 pm. Case by case basis, upon consultation. Pets, within reason, are allowed. Child-talent is allowed with guardian. Generator is ok during the day. No drones inside. Furniture, wall art or equipment may be used and/or moved, please consult first.
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Boris P. booked a photoshoot for 2 people
Excellent venue, outstanding host. The place is a converted workshop with a rusty forklift. There is some direct light from large windows into a big living area, which has a paper backdrop and some flood lights. Funky furniture abounds as do two buddha statues on the first floor. The room on top has excellent white walls and some decaying tiles. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to shoot in or on and interesting compositions abound. I would heartily recommend this location for an unusual photo shoot. You might want to bring your own strobe as well.
David S. booked a photo shoot for 3 people
Work in progress, very funky. Space has potential. Knox is very friendly, helpful and considerate, but studio needs better lighting set up, backdrops. Sounds like he is working on it. Still works if you bring your own gear.
Eddie D. booked a production for 2 people
Great lighting and we were given full access to the location. The host was very helpful and helped us with some ideas and walked us through the facility. He also reserved parking for us because of the construction in the area.
Bebe G. booked a photoshoot for 3 people
We had a great shooting experience here. Knox is a gracious host, was incredibly helpful and accommodated all of our needs. Convenient location and easy parking for loading and unloading gear. The rustic environment really makes for inspired image creation, beautiful natural light, can't wait to shoot here again! We will be book again. Thanks Knox!!
Jody F. booked a photo shoot for 2 people
This space is a work in progress! It's big and spacious! Great possibilities... Lots of lovely ambient light to work with. There are some backdrops but bring your own strobes....