We have recently finished a new broadcast set backdrop for the US Air Force. This complete broadcast studio set design mixes multiple talent locations, height changes, varying levels of translucency, colors, and various substrates to create a truly versatile set. One of the advantages of this style of set design is that most of it’s components are free-standing. This allows the client or designer to reconfigure the set as much as needed for a new look, or to deal with unforeseen problems during installation. Another way to use the set for different purposes or looks is with light colors, gobos, or projections. Most of the set is translucent, allowing users to make huge differences just with which light with what color is pointed what way.
Another advantage to this style of set is it’s packing and shipping qualities. This entire set fit in a 16′ Penske rental box truck. One of the frames you see in the images is only an inch thick, even though visually, on set, it is 40″ wide by 10′ tall. Laying a 40′ wide wall made of these frames would stack up only about 12″ off of the floor. Alternately, if you stood them up in the corner of a storeroom, they would only come 1′ off of the wall.
OH SNAP! Our fraction of our set is in a few seconds of this video:
(0:06 – 0:15).
Check out the other images of this set in preparation and action. 10 points to the reader that can guess, in the image with 4 people sitting at a desk, which one is: 1- Ken Gelbach, 2- The Client, 3- John Wilfong, 4- The photobomber.