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Studio unveils digital green screen

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A new green screen was unveiled at ABQ Studios on Wednesday. (Adrian Gomez/Journal) 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Stage 9 at Albuquerque Studios has gone green. Green screen, that is.

Studio officials unveiled their new 3,000-square-foot digital green cyclorama stage Wednesday. The stage dimensions are 28 feet high by 73 feet wide by 40 feet long.

“This gives us another element to offer filmmakers when they come to the studios,” said Wayne Rauschenberger, Albuquerque Studios chief operating officer. “It’s something we’ve thought about doing for a long time.”

A cyclorama wall is often concave and positioned at the back of the stage area. The Albuquerque Studios’ cyclorama is also an infinity one which curves smoothly at the bottom to meet the studio floor. This allows for the illusion that the studio floor continues to infinity.

The project cost about $150,000 and took about three months to complete.

Rauschenberger said the studios began to build the screen because the TV series “Heiroglyph” was going to use it.

The series was canceled by Fox before it aired, but Albuquerque Studios kept building knowing that other productions would use it.

“Right now, the productions we have are in prep mode,” he said. “Once they start to get rolling, we have some of them wanting to come in and shoot on the stage.”

Rauschenberger said with a green screen, filmmakers are able to virtually impose backgrounds into scenes.

“We’re hoping to bring in some TV commercial work as well,” he says. “We have some producers from Los Angeles out here today, and they’ve showed interest in renting out the space.”

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