Stills and film productions from all over the world choose to shoot in Cape Town for its diverse locations and beautiful light. Throughout the summer months the city hosts a steady flow of international clients taking advantage of the world class infrastructure, cosmopolitan atmosphere and gorgeous surroundings. But not all of them are shooting on location all of the time. Sometimes it is Cape Town’s stunning and varied selection of daylight studios that attracts them.
Daylight studios offer a perfect solution for productions where a degree of control is needed but where the special qualities of daylight really make a difference. Cape Town is renowned for its fabulous light and these studios allow photographers to work with it, free of the vagaries that are all part of working on location. Wind, bugs, changeable weather can all be factored out of the equation in the studio, even though the photographer is still dealing with shifting sunlight, colour temperature and all the other variables of daylight shooting.
Cape Town’s well developed infrastructure offers a wide variety of daylight studios: whether you need a sound-stage for a film production, a drive-in daylight studio for a car shoot, or a light filled space for a fashion shoot, you will be able to choose from a wide selection. Your Cape Town production service will be able to advise on the perfect daylight studio for your particular shoot but in the meantime here are a few of some of the city’s finest to give you an idea.
Does a rooftop daylight studio with views over the city centre to Table Mountain sound appealing? This is a stunning modern studio with 250 square metres of light filled space suitable for stills or film productions. It even has various outside decks with palm lined greenery for added interest.
If a restored historical building with double volume windows flooded with light is more what you are looking for then you have a choice of studios as Cape Town’s city centre has several venerable Victorian buildings now functioning as professional studios.
Then there are the dedicated studio complexes that offer several different spaces on the same premises, from drive-in daylight studio to double volume with mezzanine and various lifestyle studio set ups.
Of course for many international productions visiting Cape Town, a day or two shooting in a studio is combined with a busy location shooting schedule, adding just that extra ingredient of versatility to a city that is already one of the best in the world to shoot in.