Monday, August 24, 2015

SUMMER FUN

Hey, everybody!

We hope your summer is chugging along splendidly in spite of heat and drought. Californians are nothing if not resilient, and we can pretty much weather anything, no pun intended.

Since our last post, much has happened. We've enjoyed a fabulous array of productions at LCS, and perhaps the most notable one was a revisit to our spaceships sets by none other than several of the cast members of FIREFLY. Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion had an overwhelming response to their crowd-funded feature project, CON MAN, and key scenes for their comedy feature were lensed at our stages. Even the creator and writer-director extraordinaire, Joss Whedon, made a cameo appearance. If you haven't already seen it, check out the trailer for this witty, tongue-in-cheek knee slapper on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLdcAvnAIZ0.

The retooling of portions of our spaceship sets is receiving nothing but thumbs up by our renters. In particular, the large observation deck has been modified, reinforced, and the flooring fortified by steel decking. The decking, by the way, is modular and removable for use on Stage A. Sections are available for rent in two 4'x8' and two 4'x4' sections. for pricing and and additional information, please contact our office.

A variety of science-fiction, commercials, internet, music video, and comedy productions have been here this summer, and we've enjoyed having every one of them. We're having a great year so far, and judging by the projects that have passed through our stages, there is an abundance of fine talent and entertainment to look forward to.

Thank you to all our renters. You are the reason for our success, and we strive to help you achieve yours.

Best regards,

     Mary, Lex, Patrick, Daniel, Andy, and Travis

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SPACESHIP SET REVAMP

Hailing frequencies open!

Seems like a light year since we last communicated. We bring overdue salutations and news from our quadrant.

The news is that our large set, otherwise known as "the observation deck," was just redesigned and refortified. Our deck now offers additional useable floor space, sturdier decking, and is more versatile for camera setups and performances. If you're looking for amazing science fiction spaceship sets for your next project, come check us out.

And in case you aren't aware, our Stage B with the standing sets also offers upstairs, furnished production offices including a large conference room, wardrobe room, and make-up station along with a fully equipped kitchen on the first floor. As always, we provide ample parking, a supply of folding tables and chairs for your crew, Wi-Fi, cleaning fee, and a rubbish haul with every rental. Such a deal!

Need a green screen? Look no further! Our Stage A with its oh-so-lovely two-wall hard cyc offers a spacious 65' long, 16' high, and 30' deep background for your process photography. Kino-Flo Image 80 lights on the overhead cyc grid provide the perfect fill light and are included with Stage A rental.

Plan a scout to our end of the system, and see our stages for yourself. It's well worth the trip.

Signing off,

           Mary, Lex, Patrick, and Daniel






Thursday, February 12, 2015

STAGE A WHITE CYC FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!

From February 14 through February 21, 2015, LCS is offering its Stage A with a WHITE CYC at 20% off the base rental rate.   After the 21st, there is no guarantee that the cyc will be white, so contact our office soon to book your rental.

For information, call us at (818) 768-8935 or contact us via email: mary@lcstages.com.

Monday, July 7, 2014

TURTLE POWER!!!

Cowabunga, dudes!

For those of you either old enough or young enough to remember "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," this was Michaelangelo's typical greeting.  And like the words to the song, "everything old is new again," so it rings true for TMNT.  From the pages of popular comics, TMNT has evolved into animation, games, toys, a live stage event, a movie, and now a new feature extravaganza directed by Jonathan Liebesman and produced by Michael Bay.  

The reason my blog is rippling with turtle excitement is because one of our favorite clients, Colossal Youth, just shot a TMNT promo on our Stage A to be released on Adult Swim.  The production included miniature sets of New York City, a cat ("Shredder"), a rat ("Splinter," the rodent sensei), and, of course, TURTLES!  

The reptilian stars were Billy, Franklin, Mocha, and Speedy, all of whom are renown method actors.  Each creature was outfitted with a custom costume and scaled-down props. The turtles were soooo cute in their little masks and martial arts accoutrement.  Animal performers were provided by Hollywood Animals, top-notch wranglers of domestic and exotic non-human thespians.

On the non-animal end, in recent weeks, we've enjoyed having Comedy Central's "Kroll Show" here, "Hollywood Divas," a slew of music videos, a couple feature pick-ups, and several student and indie productions.  July and August are sizing up to be just as busy with a smorgasbord of productions.  It keeps things interesting around here!

Until next time...think green!

Best regards,

             Mary, Patrick, Daniel, Travis, Andy, and Lex





Tuesday, June 10, 2014

GREEN MEANS GO!

Hi everybody!

The last time I posted our blog, our big beautiful cyc had just been painted a wonderful white to meet the demands of renters who need this color.  Now, in order to meet our renters' needs again, we have returned the cyc to glorious green.  We have the capability to switch between colors quickly and affordably--rather chameleon-like, wouldn't you say?  If you need green, then go, go, go and contact us for appointment to see our stages.

As usual, Stage B with the longest-standing science-fiction spaceship sets in the biz have been busy. A slew of student productions, music videos, indie shorts, commercials, internet projects, and photo shoots have shot here so far this year.  We even had a pair of beautiful foxes--yes, real foxes--here during a recent production.  Foxes in space--sounds like a bad '60's sci-fi with buxom starlets.  

Every now and again, I want to acknowledge one of our business support companies.  A big shout out to Bulldog Equipment Inc. in Santa Clarita.  Bulldog is a family-owned and operated high-lift equipment rental company that offers a wide range of scissor lifts, boom lifts, fork lifts, and more for the entertainment industry.  Great service, great rates.  Check 'em out at bulldogequipmentrentals.com 

Keep an eye open for our upcoming beat-the-heat summer specials!

Until then...

Regards,

          Mary, Patrick, Daniel, Travis, and Andy

Friday, April 4, 2014

BIG NEWS!!! LCS NOW HAS A WHITE CYC!!!

Don't shoot until you see the whites of our cyc!  Due to popular demand, our digital green screen is now snowy white.  So many new and return clients asked us for a white screen, we decided to give them one.  Because that's just the way we are.

But hold on--this doesn't mean that we will no longer offer a green screen.  We can repaint and restore to either digital green or white at an affordable price.  How great is that?!

Also, a reminder:  Mention our blog, and receive 25% off any of our grip and lighting equipment throughout the month of April.

Check back for more updates!

Regards,

                 Mary, Patrick, Daniel, and Travis

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SPACIER SPACE SHIP SETS

Hi everybody!

Hope your year is going well so far.  

LCS has enjoyed a range of fun and interesting productions on our stages since the new year began. 2014 so far has brought in a line-up of music videos, student and independent productions, commercials, and a couple pilots to our stages. 

In January, Billy Ray Cyrus shot an entertaining, space-themed hip-hop reboot of "Achy Breaky Heart" on our spaceship sets, replete with a bevy of sexy aliens, and a guest spot by Larry King, no less.  Check it out on Youtube.

In between rentals, we always try to improve our facility and expand the amenities we offer. A few weeks ago, we modified an area of our space ship sets.  A partially open area we refer to as the "truss room" that featured two diagonal floor-to-ceiling struts was revamped.  The diagonal struts are gone, allowing more usable floor space for shooting and camera maneuverability.  In addition, the set's ceiling now has movable sections, which offers greater functionality and lighting.

One of the perks of our jobs around here is when exotic animals come to work or visit.  Last week, Hollywood Animals paid a visit with two of their young tigers, Denali and Annika. Denali was here last October, and at the time was a mere 18-month-old cub.  Now, she's a strapping Bengal/Siberian-mix tigress.  Beautiful and well behaved, she and newcomer, Annika, scoped out our place sniffing every inch.  The owners, Eric and Bettina Weld, occasionally bring their animal actors-in-training by our stages to acclimate them to production environments.

Just yesterday, Hollywood Animals brought another one of their furry performers--Bam Bam, a huge brown bear--for a comedic commercial shoot.  As big and intimidating as he appears, the gently-trained Bam Bam is easy-going and always hits his cue, especially when his incentive is a marshmallow.

Even though we've been busy, we like being busier.  As an enticement to renters, we are running a Spring special throughout the month of April:  25% off all LCS grip and lighting equipment rentals.  Bookings must occur or begin within the month of April, and you must mention this discount in order to receive the promotional rate.

Stay tuned for more news, more discounts, and more updates.  

Regards,
          Mary, Patrick, Daniel, Travis, and Andy


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