Our studio is located in downtown los angeles near the fashion district with convenient access from the 101, the 110, the 10 and the 5 freeways.
There are numerous parking lots in the area - when you confirm booking - we'll send over a detailed map with lot locations. **PLEASE NOTE: Most lots are cash only and range in price from $5 - $12 per day. Its helpful to let all involved in your production know that in advance.**
When you arrive - if you have anything to unload - just pull up out front and throw your hazards on and give your location manager a call on their cell. We'll come down and meet you and help you bring in gear. We're on the 3rd floor - but there is a small passenger elevator available at the main entrance on san pedro.
If you're bringing larger items/equipment in - we do have access to a freight elevator M-F - 9 a.m - 4 p.m. If you'll need access after hours or on the weekend - an additional fee of $50 on weekdays after 4 P.M. and $125 for weekend dates will be required as our building maintenance man is the only one authorized to operate the elevator. If you'd like to use the freight elevator, we'll need 24 hours notice to arrange for the freight elevator operator to be present.
We do have some grip equipment in the space ...C-stands, light weight stands, sandbags, flags, cutters, v-flats, floppies, mafers, pins, etc...We also have some lighting gear and modifiers (dynalite and profoto lights & various speedrings, grids, beauty dishes, softboxes, strips, photeks, etc. - depending on if its in use on the day by any of the other photographers who share the space!) Most guests use their own gear - but - if you wanna check in before hand - we can let you know what's there that you might like to use and we can figure out an additional rental package for gear costs if you need it!
The studio is about 900 square feet...The shooting space is approximately 17 ft wide and 40 feet deep. The space has 18 ft ceilings and a 9 ft x 14.5 ft wall of north facing windows and a large skylight that brings in plenty of natural light all day...
The space has an espresso maker, mini-fridge, microwave, men's and women's shared bathrooms on either end of our floor, makeup chair, boombox set up with an auxiliary input...And us! There are 4 photographers who share the space and we all work as photo assistants as well as shooters - so if you need an assistant (or four!) - let us know and we can talk rates for that as well! ; ) we're happy to supply you with a list of references of photographers we've worked with in ny, chicago, and la if you'd like!
The power situation has never given us a problem...I've shot in there with four packs and 6 heads going as well as fans and curling irons, etc. And I've never blown anything. If you plan on shooting more than three packs - I'd plan on bringing/renting a few 50 ft' stingers. We can always run power out into the hall if necessary!
We're in a bit of a food desert down there. There is a ton of stuff west of us in dtla proper - but not a ton in the immediate area. There's a convenience store across the street, a starbucks 4 blocks away, and a King Taco a few blocks down the road on san pedro - but that's about it. Although - places near us deliver of course...But - just a heads up - if you wanna bring some crafty/trader joe's snacks - not a bad idea!
Much more info to provide for you - but limited by Giggster's word limit here! ...