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In the last couple of months I've been hired to shoot the dubbing stages at Fox Studios in L.A. and at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, both for AMS Neve, the mixing console maker from the UK (featured in Dave Grohl's new documentary Sound City) and for Skywalker themselves. The shots for Neve feature the board much closer and more prominent, as that's what they're interested in, while the shots for Skywalker are more about the entire room.
These images were all made with a Canon 1DsMKIII, ISO 400, and the 17mm T/S lens shot in portrait orientation and using a three shot stitch for the ultimate wide angle experience - or at least the ultimate non barrel distorted one. The stitch was made sliding the camera body in a RRS lever clamp while shifting the lens, effectively shifting the back and not the lens, making for a complete lack of parallax error for the stitch. Each section had an exposure bracket large enough (approx. 15 sec to 1/30th) to create the final exposure. Exposures blended first, then flattened, then stitched. Lighting was mostly ambient, but a couple of Arri 650's bounced on the ceiling at Fox along with some Balcar modeling lights, but tungsten only.
It's interesting to note that all of these dubbing/mixing stages are named after famous directors. Pictured here are the Kurasawa stage at Skywalker and the Hawks dubbing stage at Fox.
These stages are almost impossible to get access to, and, at least at Skywalker, even off limits to the tours that go through.
Kurasawa Dubbing Stage featuring Neve console
Kurasawa Dubbing Stage
Entire Kurasawa Dubbing Stage
Howard Hawks Dubbing Stage, Fox Studios, L.A.