Studios and Commentary Boxes for Television, Film and Live Transmission 88

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As such a wide variety of special events are now transmitted live, there is a tremendous requirement for non permanent, yet professional studios and commentary boxes to be built on the locations of events big and small all over the country.

Understandably, different happenings and different broadcasters will have wide-ranging requirements, so events companies have to be in a position to present clients with a broad range of designs to enable them to pick the right studios or boxes for their specifications.

Most often, plenty of work is involved in designing, building and de-rigging temporary structures for big events. Subsequently, it is sensible for event organisers to see an event structures provider some time before an event. Even though many TV and film studios and commentary boxes are simply meant for short term use, it is necessary that this does not appear to be the situation; getting the appearance of a structure ideal is very important.


Studios are often made to be not just practical, but also extremely aesthetically pleasing both inside and out. It's important to remember that they're often designed for shooting interviews and commentary segments, rather than utilised as simply a filming platform for what is happening at a big event. For example, for large sporting competitions like Wimbledon, or a world cup, throughout the lead up to a game, during breaks in play and after the match, a studio will likely be used for pundits and ex-players to carry out interviews and study the events of a sporting event.

Depending on the amount of people and cameras that'll be found in a studio, in addition to any furniture or scenery, temporary studios can range a great deal in dimensions. Event structures specialists will often consult with event organisers for an extended time before an event in order to go through 2D and 3D design ideas for the studio structure, before deciding on the logistics of the actual build and de-rig of a temporary studio.

Commentary Boxes

Generally, commentary boxes may not be quite as dependent on their aesthetics as studios are, as they are simply designed to provide a space from which event broadcasters can view an event from and supply a running commentary through microphones alongside pictures and footage that are broadcast live. On many occasions, commentary boxes will not be filmed whatsoever.

Nevertheless, whilst not so much thought is put into the way a commentary box appears internally, it is important for designers to put together a structure that will be in fitting with any other structures at an event, for example, temporary seating. Commentary boxes should also be built in a place that allows commentators to get a good vantage point of the action that they're referring to. This will usually imply that commentary boxes need to be erected at a substantial height. Considering this, health and safety are important and temporary structures must adhere to all safe practice legislation.

You can find out more here about temporary studio spaces from Media Structures.

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