In This TV Studio, Even the Floors Are Green-Screen

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Filming in the Rice Studio

From avant-garde video art to one-on-one interviews, Banff Centre’s Rice Studio is perfect for a range of media projects. The fully-equipped 2,500 square-foot studio inside the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Building was designed for professional television projects, and can be transformed into any location you can imagine. It has masqueraded as Mount Everest and a universe full of stars. 

“Everything is very versatile and flexible here,” Production Supervisor Tom Montvila says. “The potential is amazing.”

Here’s some other reasons why it’s so appealing:

  1. It’s very, very quiet: When the JPL building was constructed in the 1980s, the Rice was at the heart of the new facility – well, a noiseless and still heart. It’s extremely sound and vibration-proof, sitting on two by two foot rubber blocks. The walls are filled-in cinder blocks, making the studio completely isolated from all the activity around it. 

  2. The full-site green screen: The painted all-surrounding green screen includes walls that are rounded and curved at the base to eliminate horizon lines. Underneath the linoleum, even the floors are green!  

  3. A “rock ’n’ roll” lighting board: The Rice’s lighting capabilities are so powerful, they could be used for a Rolling Stones concert -- they're that major! Between 400 and 500 LED instruments are controlled from the board, ranging from a single lightbulb hanging from the ceiling to a 23-channel spotlight. There’s a full range of options and a collection of rockin’ colours. 

  4. Audio excellence: Not only does the Rice have its own audio booth, with a narration room and dozens of channels available for mixing in 5.1 surround, there’s also the state-of-the-art Luscar Audio Studio across the hall that works in sync with the Rice.

  5. Banff-wide possibilities: The Rice is connected to Banff Centre’s wide ranging technical services, from the selection of standard and unique cameras (like a Panasonic Robocam and a Panasonic 3D camera) to a carpenter’s shop that can build elaborate sets. 
Playing against the Rice Studio's green screen