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Cycloramas or “Cycs” have a slightly different meaning in the
Film, Television, and Photography areas than in the Theatre,
but perform the same function of providing an easily lit
We can help with both, and more!
Film, Television and Photography
Here the cyc typically refers to an infinity cyclorama, or a wall which curves smoothly at the
bottom to meet the studio floor. This creates the illusion that the studio floor continues to infinity with careful lighting and a corner less joint.
Often used in conjunction with green screen technology, the cyc can equally refer to any curving backdrop such as seamless paper or fabric from rollers or stands.
After over 35 years of experience, STM Studio Supplies brings a wealth of experience to helping you make the best decision for your particular needs.
STM studio supplies will supply and install from any radius including standard 40o-45o or 5- 600mm to as small as 300 and as large as 1200mm.
Combined with back out curtains, track, acoustic enhancement and overhead lighting rigs this can be a complete sound stage fitout for in house corporate or large scale movie studios.
Fully supported STM studio cycs are impervious to breaking under reasonable load and are guaranteed to this effect.
• Can be finished in white, digital and Chroma Key green or blue
Installations: Academy of information Technology 2014
MJ BALE Cyc 2012 Bendon Cyc 2012
Seamless Cloth and Paper Rollers
Wall fixed brackets, such as these pictured, allows seamless paper to be draped and create the curve of a cyc. A similar result can be achieved with Holland blind mechanisms and fabric.
A cyclorama is a large curtain or wall, often concave, positioned at the back of the stage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclorama_(theater) as the name implies, it often encircles or partially encloses the stage to form a background. Cycloramas allow virtual interaction between live stage performers and special lighting effects.
Traditionally a cyc is hung at 0% fullness, i.e. flat. When possible, it is stretched on the sides and weighted on the bottom to create a flat and even surface. As seams tend to interrupt the smooth surface of the cyclorama, it is usually constructed from extra-wide material.
STM Studio supplies will supply and install and have a range of measures to add tension across the span.
A cyc can be made of various fabrics; Filled Cloth, Sharkstooth Scrim, Nessel, each offer their own particular advantages. White Nessel canvas, Filled Cloth or Sharks Tooth Scrim.
Filled cloth is a soft, crease resistant cotton fabric most commonly used for
Filled cloth is so called because it is literally gauze with the holes filled in. Whilst
normally used for cycs, it can also be used for front and rear projection screens
10 point-white-available in 9.4 metres wide
Flame retardant to AS1530 Parts 2 & 3 (NDFR*)
Scrims both reflect and transmit light. This means that if a light from a
front-of-house position is shone at a scrim, then both the scrim and
everything behind it will be lit. This can lead to a variety of interesting
A scrim will appear entirely opaque if everything behind it is unlit and the
scrim itself is grazed by light from the sides or from above.
A scrim will appear nearly transparent if a scene behind it is lit but there is
no light on the scrim.
A dreamy or foggy look can be achieved by lighting a scene
entirely behind a scrim.
If a light with a 1gobo is aimed at a scrim, the
image will appear on the scrim, but also any objects behind the scrim will be lit by the pattern as well.
Scrims are usually seamless and they can be used almost anywhere on the stage, rather than being relegated to the rear.
100 GSM 8 point
Available in white for front and rear projection
Black for dissolves
9.0 metres wide and 10.6 metres wide
Flame retardant to AS1530 parts 2 & 3 (3NDFR
White Nessel Canvas is bleached fire retardant canvas that suitable for
manufacturing cycloramas and photographic backdrops. The available
sizes make for less wastage than a filled cloth but do not store away as
well and are better suited to a permanent installation.
Available in 4.2 and 6.0 metres wide
Flame retardant to AS1530 Parts 2 & 3 (NDFR)
Black Nessel Canvas is also available.
Flame Retardant to AS 1530 parts 2 & 3 (NDFR)
Flame Retardant to AS 1530 parts 2 & 3 (NDFR)
Natural Nessel Canvas is a 100% cotton woven fabric with a flat surface
suitable for painted backdrops. Nessel is available in a variety of widths
making it easy to create seamless backdrops
Available in various widths 3.2, 4.2, 5.0, 6.0 and 10.0 metres wide
Not flame retardant
Backdrops STM Studio supplies can also supply large format digitally
printed backdrop images on request
The material used can be almost anything, including fabric or vinyl, as
well as mesh.
Scenic digital backdrops can be seamed or seamless, and the image can
be printed onto a single, seamless piece of material or can be broken up
and printed onto numerous seamed pieces of material.
Vinyl backdrops are inherently flame retardant, but fabric options will
need to be protected with a chemical application
Rosco Soft Drop Rosco’s Academy Award® winning Backdrops are now available in a woven, all-natural, cotton fabric called SoftDrop®. Available in; Frontlight, Backlight or Day/Night Backdrop technologies
SoftDrop® offers a number of features that make it a great background choice for any broadcast studio, or television/feature film production. The printing technology used to produce SoftDrops offers seamless backdrop sizes up to 11.89m h x 51.82m w, allowing filmmakers to confidently shoot their scene from any angle without worrying a seam ending up in the shot.
Rosco Softdrop can precisely register a daytime image on one side of the drop with the matching night time image on the other side of the drop.
This allows for one, stationary drop to render a daytime image when lit solely from the front, a nighttime image when lit solely from the back, and dusk/dawn effects when a mix of front and rear lighting is employed. Because the image printed on the nighttime side of the drop is an actual photograph, the backdrop will reveal all of the realistic variances of colour and colour temperature seen in a nighttime vista, yielding an ultra- realistic backdrop for filmmakers and stage designers alike.
Contact us to discuss the best option for you.