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Eric Nicastro
Building a cyc wall.
on Dec 15, 2008 at 8:37:06 pm

I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the proper forum, but I'm looking for any information on building a cyc wall. I've done google searches but there seems to be very little out there for building your own wall. I've seem pre-made ones from different manufactures but we also want to look into building our own before making a decision. So really, I'm looking for some advice.


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Mark Suszko
Re: Building a cyc wall.
on Dec 15, 2008 at 8:44:27 pm

Do you need a corner cove with 2 walls and floor, or a single wall? For single wall, I love to hang sheet vinyl flooring from the grid , light stands or back wall with the back side of the vinyl primed and painted in latex flat. It bends to a natural curve at the floor, it is cheap because you can buy the ugliest color or pattern that isn't selling for pennies on the dollar, it comes in good seamless sizes, is sturdy to walk on and easy to clean or touch up. Can be rolled up and moved or stored but is of course heavier than a paper roll.

The only down side is I have yet to find a workable way to bend it into a corner cove.:-P

There are prefab fiberglasss snap-together cove sections for that kind of thing you can buy, paint and bolt to wall studs and be done.


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john sharaf
Re: Building a cyc wall.
on Dec 15, 2008 at 8:44:57 pm

Eric,

Of course this is the correct forum to pose such a query, but building a cyc wall is a pretty unique construction job and outside of the biggest markets you'll be hard pressed to find a building contractor who has done it before. The actual cost will be determined by the contractor's bid. The construction design of a coved wall to floor is not too diffucult, just time consuming and requires some skill. The finishing is plaster and again must be applied in a skillful manner. If you are in a big market, where there are cyc studios, I'd recommend inquiring from them who did the work.

JS



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Rick Wise
Re: Building a cyc wall.
on Dec 15, 2008 at 8:46:51 pm

Do you want to build a one-wall cyc or a two-wall cyc that meets in the corner?

The one-wall version is much, much easier to make; getting the two walls to meet seamlessly is much harder. It all depends on what you think you will need down the road.

As for how to build, I easily found some suggestions by Googling "build cyc wall" (without the quote marks.) First up: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mrwizard/wkshps/photo/cyc/cyc.html There are several other promising links. Take a look.

Rick Wise
director of photography
Oakland, CA
http://www.RickWiseDP.com
email: Rick@RickWiseDP.com


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Dennis Size
Re: Building a cyc wall.
on Dec 26, 2008 at 5:58:36 am

That's an EXCELLENT post Rick....with solid advice on CYC WALL construction.

DS



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Todd Dean
Re: Building a cyc wall.
on Aug 25, 2009 at 2:29:36 am

My name is Todd A. Dean. Just like the digital age change the film world, I have invented a change in cyc walls. The past 2 years I have been installling cyc walls at a third of the cost in a couple of days install. It's a pattoned system I came up using preformed hard foam covered in concretios material. It is a built in 8 - 12 foot solid sections that are welded into each other. No more hollow seam seperation or Cars rolling onto and destroying. Contact toddadean@aol.com.

http://www.toddadean.com


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Todd Dean
Re: Building a cyc wall.
on Sep 24, 2009 at 11:19:59 pm

I am installing my first west coast cyc wall next week. I have a west coast vendor now. Check out http://www.affordablecycwall.com -Todd


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