Studio 1

Update – Studio 1 is currently out of action. We are building a new permanent production gallery serving in-house productions in both studios 1 & 2 along with dedicated room set in studio 1 which will be ideal for interviews / podcasts etc. More details and images will appear as the work is completed.

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Can I construct a set in the studios?

Yes, you can build your own set in the studio. We’ve had sets including a 1950s diner, a carnival float with a giant peacock and even fire-breathers! As with all our studio hires, any space or facilities used must be returned to us in the same state as at the start of the hire period. As set builds will require additional time and potentially cleaning afterwards etc, it’s best to talk through your requirements and we’ll do our best to help you. You (or your builders) will need appropriate employers and public liability insurance. We also have on-site plumbers, electricians and general builders and can quote for specific projects if you would like to talk to us.

Can you recommend hair and makeup / models?

We can recommend hair and makeup artists. We do not maintain a model register of recommend models. If you’re looking for models, there are several agencies and online directories such as RMG, Purple Port, Model Mayhem, Star Now etc which should be able to help.

How do I make a booking?

  • Please use the booking enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We are happy to pencil in dates whilst you confirm logistics with other parties involved in the shoot. All bookings must be paid in full before the day of the shoot and bookings are only confirmed when payment is received. Full booking information will be sent to you as part of the process.

How can I pay?

  • You can pay for bookings via bank transfer or online. Full details will be sent as part of the booking process. If there any additional catering charges on the day you can pay by card at the studio.

Do you provide catering or refreshments?

  • Complimentary tea and coffee is available. You can also purchase soft drinks and snacks on the day. If you need lunch, let us know and we can organize on-site catering in advance or point you in the right direction on the day.

What’s the vehicle access like?

  • We have lots of free parking available for vehicles of all sizes. Studios 1 & 2 also have large vehicle loading bays.

Are the studios fully accessible?

  • We are based in a converted RAF bomb dump and we have worked hard to make the building as accessible as possible. We are on one level with no stairs. Studios 1 and 2, the kitchen, hair & make up and toilet areas are fully accessible. Studio 3 has a slightly narrower entry (78cm) and larger, motorised wheelchairs may struggle to fit through the door with the turning circle required. If you have specific questions or requirements, please contact us and we’ll try to help.

Is there a break area?

  • Yes, there is a break area available in the kitchen. The kitchen (including the break area) can be booked exclusively if, for example you need a full prep kitchen for food photography or filming. You are welcome to use the break area on a communal basis unless the kitchen has been booked by one of the other studios. The reception area may also be available depending on other bookings and we can advise on the day. For larger casts and crew, studio 3 can also be booked at a reduced rate and used as an extra dressing room.

Are lighting, stands, tripods or background systems included?

  • Hire of studio 3 includes some studio lighting on wall mounted booms and a background system with 3 different colour backgrounds plus a black wall. For other studios, there may be some other equipment available for hire. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Do you hire cameras or lenses?

  • No, we don’t hire cameras or lenses but we do provide full video production and photography services – see www.c1.media for details. If you don’t need the full service and just wanted to hire items, we would recommend www.lensesforhire.co.uk

What about events or things like band practice?

Definitely. Our studios are also suitable for entertainment / business events and other activities such as exhibitions or product launches etc. We have hosted various events in the past and the venue has never failed to impress!

Can I hire the full building?

  • Yes. If you have a larger production and need the use all spaces available as extra shooting, production or cast & crew space, please contact us for availability and full venue rates.

Are the studios suitable for photography and video?

  • Obviously this depends on your specific requirements but, in general terms, yes we have indoor and outdoor space suited to both video and stills. You can see studio specific information by clicking on the studio links and you are very welcome to contact us for a chat or to arrange a visit to check out the space for yourself.

Do you only have indoor space?

  • No, we have interesting outdoor space available too. We are based on a former US Air Force base so the general look is industrial / military. If you have any specific requirements, please contact us and we’ll try to help.

Can I shoot anything at the studio?

We’re suited to all general commercial shoots and also welcome art / glamour photographers. The production of pornography is not allowed.

Is the studio space suitable for workshops?

Yes, our studios are definitely suitable spaces to run workshops. If you would like to discuss details, please get in touch with us about venue and delegate rates including catering etc.

Can you cope with large crews?

Yes, we can accommodate large groups. These may incur an additional cleaning charge which will be explained and agreed as part of the booking process.

Are there CCTV cameras at the studios?

Yes, we have CCTV cameras in all areas (except changing / toilet areas) throughout the studio and grounds. The ICO registered data controller is Cambridge One Ltd based at Alconbury Weald Studios. We will not share any CCTV footage with third parties unless we are required or requested to do so by a legally competent authority such as a court or police force. As per our booking terms, CCTV cameras will not be turned off for any shoots and you must not obstruct or cover any cameras. There are no exceptions and we will not offer refunds if you decide to cancel your shoot as a result of a refused request to turn cameras off.

What power is available?

  • Studio 1 has 32a three phase power and single phase 16a and 13a supplies.
  • Studio 2 has 32a three phase power and single phase 16a and 13a supplies.
  • Studio 3 has 13a single phase supply.

If you have any specific requirements, please contact us and we’ll try to help.

Is my shoot or equipment covered by your insurance?

  • No, you are responsible for insuring your own equipment at all times. You are also responsible for your own employers & public liability insurance as appropriate for your crews.

Can you provide photography or filming services?

  • Yes, please take a look at www.c1.media to see the full range of services we offer.