Sound Stage

Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Sound Stage


a building in which motion pictures are filmed using stage sets and artificial lighting. As a rule, sound stages are intended for filming with synchronous sound and therefore are usually continuous-span, windowless buildings with soundproof interiors. As far as the production of feature films is concerned, the main indexes of a motion-picture studio’s capacity are the number and total area of sound stages.

Sound stages are classified according to floor area as small (to 400 sq m), medium (to 820 sq m), large (to 1,400 sq m), and extra large (to 1,800 sq m). The interior (working) ceiling height Hwi is proportional to the diagonal length D. (Under USSR design standards, Hw should not be less than 0.23 D.)

Special “superstages” with an area of more than 1,800 sq m are also built. These are intended primarily for re-creating outdoor settings in feature films. They have a ceiling span of 38 to 48 m, a length of 54 to 72 m or more, and a working height of up to 25 m. Sometimes a superstage is made up of a block of two or three sound stages of increased ceiling height separated by sliding or roll-up soundproof partitions; this enables the block to be used either as two or three separate sound stages or as a single sound stage.

Soundproof entrances provide access to motor vehicles and preassembled stage sets. Entrances for people have sound-proof doors and vestibules. Sound stages are provided with powerful, noiseless ventilating equipment, which usually includes air-conditioning. Special water supply and plumbing systems and sometimes (especially in superstages) even pools are provided for shooting “water effects.”

The basic equipment of sound stages serves to facilitate the assembling and dismantling of sets and the mechanized operation of lighting equipment and to supply electrical power as needed. It is installed on the working ceiling, which is either suspended from or built into the roof. Powerful lighting equipment is mainly mounted on overhead scaffolding.

Sound stages of the type widely used to shoot television films are known as television sound stages.


Tolmachev, V. B. “Proektirovanie kinos” emochnykh pavil’onov.” In the collection Kinos”emochnaia tekhnika. Moscow, 1952.
Tolmachev, V. B. “Kinotelepavil’ony dlia mnogokamernykh s”emok.” Tekhnika kino i televideniia, 1969, no. 7.
Tolmachev, V. B. “Kinotelepavil’ony Obshchesoiuznogo teletsentra.” Tekhnika kino i televideniia, 1969, no. 8.
Breus, Iu. V. “Kakim dolzhen byt’ sovremennyi s”emochnyi pavil’on.” Tekhnika kino i televideniia, 1972, no. 1.
Aleksander, I. N. “Pavil’on dlia s”emki khudozhestvennykh kino- i televizionnykh fil’mov.” Tekhnika kino i televideniia, 1972, no. 11.
Forman, M. Motion Picture and TV—Studio Stage Survey. Los Angeles, 1970.
References in periodicals archive ?
The sound stage was developed in conjunction with Sing For Hope, which donated a piano for the stage, the 338th New York City location where its pianos are now located.
The enclosed sound stage on the 600,000sq ft site is 250m (800ft) from the nearest house.
Kaufman-Astoria Studios is New York's premiere full-service film, television and music production center, with some of the largest and most sophisticated sound stages on the East Coast.
But on the Friday the sound stage was already in place right in front of the track.
The article concluded that the only way to entice the major studios to shoot in Hawaii was to develop a locally owned movie producing company complete with sound stage.
It was announced today that the Manhattan Beach Studios complex, which is currently home to Marvel Studios and the production of Iron Man 2, will now become known as the MBS Media Campus; a name which more aptly reflects the studio's state-of-the-art sound stages, office facilities, fully self-contained production services and culinary offerings.
5 million Sound Stage 9, which will also host the Squash competition for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), is expected to contribute millions to Queenslands film and television industry.
Dubai Studio City has partnered with MBC on the sound stage project, which entitles MBC to use the facility independently.
Plausible rivals are there for all to see, but last-time-out winners Minella Boys and Sound Stage unmistakeably have more improvement in them, enough to emerge on top again hopefully, while Swincombe Rock may lack the same sort of solid achievement but he brings plenty of potential.
The blaze broke out just before dawn on a sound stage, Mr Reynoso said.
That said, nothing quite prepared her for the day last summer on the 20th Century Fox lot when she was filming a scene where her character needed to pop a giant zit - ``we're talking Guinness book,'' Hanigan says - and she ran into Hugh Grant, who was filming a movie on a nearby sound stage.
Initial plans call for the construction of a motion picture studio with 10 filming stages and support facilities, including a sound stage that will measure 300 feet by 220 feet, making it the second largest in the world.