What is common between some kickass action sequences of ‘The Matrix’, Jukebox the Ghost’s ‘Everybody’s Lonely’ Single, and countless covers of Vogue, Vanity Fair and GQ? All of these have been shot in a cyclorama studio!
Also known as a Cyc Wall or an Infinity Wall, a Cyclorama is a special studio backdrop that creates an illusion of infinite space. It is comprised of arc or cove-like walls, thus portraying the image of seamless, all-encompassing background with no edges or boundaries. When you shoot a video or capture an image in a cyclorama studio, it would appear as though the floor, wall, and ceiling are amalgamated into a single monochrome entity. Modern-day digital photography and video-shoots heavily rely on the Cyclorama backdrop, for a multitude of effects.
The concept of the Cyclorama dates back to 18th century England when visitors would throng Cyclorama buildings and Exhibits for their stunning panoramic views. Cyclorama theatres were extremely popular in Germany in the late 19th century. To date, Broadway shows and opera houses use Cyclorama backgrounds to create a seamless background effect. With the dawn of the new millennium and the massive demand for hi-tech studio space on rent, the Cyclorama Studio began to cater to the production requirements, where a 360-degree, panoramic backdrop was required.
This optical illusion created by this ‘curved surfaces backdrop’ has been widely observed in different animation movies, advertisements, magazine cover pictures, workout videos, music videos, and so on. With the right choice of background color, strategic lighting variations, and different camera angles, the optical illusions created could be that of an endless sky, luminous open space, or crisp-white infinity. The prime objective is to isolate and draw the entire attention of the onlooker towards the subject, product, or scene being shot, with zero background distractions. This also allows scope for ample creativity, and you can have a stunning photo-shoot or video-shoot with minimal investment. If you are on the lookout for a premium studio space on rent, opting for a Cyclorama Studio will save you a lot of time, considerably reduce your VFX expenditure, and help you get awe-inspiring shots with minimal efforts.
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The aesthetic allure of the cyclorama has been captivating audiences for ages. Let us look at the different prospects of using a Cyclorama background for your Production.
Before organizing your shoot in a Cyclorama Studio, make sure the backdrop is adequately pre-lit, and ask for the light temperature for white (and other available colors), to get the color- balance right on your camera. Light your subject adequately to avoid shadows being cast. Also, adequate spacing between the subject and the backdrop will prevent unwanted reflections. Remember, the Cyclorama has to be spotlessly clean for the desired visual effect, and you must leave the set as spick and span as it initially was when you started.
Irrespective of whether you are a photographer or videographer, there are multiple prospects of using a Cyclorama backdrop for your production. The seamless backdrop is akin to a blank canvas, which allows your product/model/host/anchors/actors to take center stage, and create a deeper impact on the audience.