Cycloramas are essential when you want to create various effects in your videos or photos. It’s also used as a theater background to mimic an infinite space with walls that diffuse light.
If you ever wanted to know, here is a step-by-step guide on how to build a cyclorama.
Identify the Size of the Cyclorama
Installing a studio cyc can be time-consuming and challenging at the same time. Before anything else, you must know how big you want your studio cyclorama to be. Always remember that the cyc does not have to be large at all times. Make sure to identify how you are going to use it to be able to decide on the right size.
If you’re working on small projects like photoshoots, you can settle on a small cyc enough to fit a single subject. But if you’re working on more prominent pieces such as cars and the likes, then a bigger cyclorama is what you need.
Measure the Area Where You’re Going to Install the Cyclorama and Gather Materials
Once you established the size of your cyc, clear up space where you want to install it.
Next, measure the area and gather materials for construction. For materials, you may need the following:
- 1″ plywood
- A steel framing
- 1/8″ masonite
Frame out the Walls and Install the Drywall
Then, cut the plywood according to the size you want your curve to be. You can draw the curve on your plywood and use a jigsaw to cut it out.
Next, screw in your cut plywood to 1×1 wood for support and connect your plywood curves. The tricky part of this process is connecting the corners of the cyc walls. You can add three supports to build a bowl-like shape for the masonite.
As soon as your frame and curves are installed, you can now proceed to attach the masonite. You can do this with a nail gun or a staple gun.
Attach the Masonite
When attaching the masonite to the corners, trace the shape of the area and then cut necessary masonite for it. Since you cannot install the masonite whole on the edges, trace the stencil onto it and cut the masonite into pieces.
Attach each piece onto the corner until it takes the shape of a bowl. Make sure to work on this as smooth as possible to create an infinity wall.
Plaster and Paint
Now that the curves are complete, it is time to plaster. You can do this by yourself, but it would be better to hire a professional for a seamless job. You can choose the color that you want, but bear in mind to stick to a matte finish paint to avoid any light bounce backs in future use.
There are different ways to build a cyc. It can be as tedious as the one above or as simple as purchasing ready-made pieces that you can put together and then take apart if you wish to transfer it – just like Uniset’s cycloramas. The prefabricated and finished cyc pieces make it convenient for quick studio cyclorama installments. All you need to do is stack them up, clamp, and you’re done!
The good thing about building your own is it’s a project that you can do over the weekend. However, studio cycloramas are ready to assemble with no fuss. You can also customize it anytime to whatever size you need it to be.