In 2014 Frank Turek of CrossExamined.org approached me about creating a TV Film Set to update their current look for their weekly television show. He desired a consistent look that they could take with them in the event that their filming location changed, so I immediately recommended using portable exhibit booth elements as our structure, as they are designed for travel and multiple setups at events. It needed to be captivating enough for television, yet simple enough that it was easy to setup each week for filming, and mobile enough to travel with them.
They were filming in a location with no modifications except a projector and a projector screen. The visual image of a television show as well as the content being spoken combine into the experience that resonates with the viewer, and the background behind the speaker can say a lot. Take a look at the television show before Cross Examined approached me to design their stage.
To fit within exhibit booth standards and to give the client flexibility to use the set as an actual exhibit booth, I confined my design to a 10ft by 20ft booth space. The client wanted subtle use of their logo and all of their brand colors incorporated, and from there I was free to design. We wanted to use trade show elements, but wanted to make sure the television set didn't look like it was being filmed at a trade show. I decided to incorporate round, shark fin looking banners instead of typical one dimensional rollup banners. The additional benefit to these round banners is that they are reversible. Turn 180 degrees and the backside has a completely different design; in this case, white.
We incorporated a 65" 4K HDTV so the client could send a pure 4K feed out from their MacBook Pro in place of using a projector. This brings a brighter, more refined display, and also keeps up the color that projectors sometimes lose when front lights are added to light the speaker. Here's a shot of the final design, lit for television.
I went with two IKAN IFD576-S Featherweight Daylight LEDs with diffusion, so they could be hung from the drop ceiling to free up any stands that might appear in the shots, as this show is captured with four cameras. We purchased two Suspended Ceiling Light Mount Kits to hang the lights and run the cables across the ceiling. Comfort foam tiles with Electric Channeling allowed us to hide all of our HDMI and electric cabling underneath the flooring, for visual and safety reasons.
I'll leave you with a finished clip of the set in action.
If you're interested in a new television show set, exhibit or trade show booth design, or other portable staging area, please don't hesitate to contact me.