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09/08/2005 08:30:11 AM · #1
I am building a studio in my garage and have run into a problem, how do you build a seamless white wall? You know the walls that have a long curve at the bottom so there seems to be no transition from the floor to the wall. How in the world do I make one? Help!
09/08/2005 08:34:13 AM · #2
Take 2 Jhooks and screw them into the rafters.
Cut 1 length of thick PVC pipe an suspend 1 roll of paper from said hooks.
Tear off and chuck away as it gets dirty.

Hope this helps.
09/08/2005 08:37:57 AM · #3
If you are good with dry wall, I did this recently in a friends house only from the wall to ceiling. It took narrow strips of dry wall screwed to framing and then a lot of attention to detail in the taping and sanding.

Just one way...but if you take the time it looks really nice. I was thinking of doing this in my 'studio' on two walls to the floor - one white and one black.
09/08/2005 08:44:13 AM · #4
A paper background system is probably the best approach unless you have some specific need for builidng one into your garage (i.e. you can't find paper backgrounds big enough because you are shooting something like cars or trucks. If that's the case, how big is your garage anyway?)
09/08/2005 08:45:28 AM · #5
The way the commercial studios do it is using hardboard or my preference, 1mm MDF.

With a piece of beading top and bottom, to hold whatever radius works in your setup and then just ease the board in and it will take a perfectly even seamless curve.

I like the MDF better because it takes paint well, is cheap and its slightly matt surface gives you a no-hot spot backdrop. The studios then just paint them whatever colour happens to be needed today. There's always a roller, tray and paint dribbles all over the place

09/14/2005 01:14:17 AM · #6
You guys rock! I've been using paper for about 3 years now, I just am trying to move to something a little more . . . permanent. Thanks for the help!
09/14/2005 01:21:08 AM · #7
The MDF (fiberboard) is the way to go for sure. We had this in our studio, it was cheap enough to chuck and replace when it got tired out. We could repaint the thing in just a couple hours. Be sure to get plastic sheeting to lay over the floor portion of it whenever you're not shooting. HEAVY plastic sheeting...

09/14/2005 11:33:10 AM · #8
show me some pictures of what you are talking about...please
09/14/2005 11:51:52 AM · #9
If you go to www.lowes.com and search for fiberboard - this gives sizes and prices - no pictures.
09/14/2005 01:51:16 PM · #10
i meant a picture with this type of background...I know what fiberboard is. I am just trying to understand what the finished product looks like in a picture>
09/14/2005 02:21:52 PM · #11
It's technically called a cyclorama, or "cyc" for short.

You can see a photo of one at this rental studio in NYC.

More information is also available here.

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