09 Mar 2016

An Ode to the Stage Floor

When you walk out onto our sound stage, the floor probably isn’t the first thing you notice (unless you’re a dolly operator.) But our floor is an essential part of the stage, whether it’s painted green, blue, or just plain white for vfx purposes. Over the years we’ve kept changing the color (sometimes as many as two or three times a week.) and that adds up, causing the floor to thicken and get porous.

Even though we’ve put it through a lot over the years, it’s always supported our weight. On it, we’ve driven cars, filmed music videos, covered it in sand to create a beach, shot game shows, hosted major celebrities, danced, and played a lot of ping pong. No matter what, the stage floor has always been there for us, but all of those years of play takes it toll.

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You can see all that history in the many years of paint layered like a cake or the rings in a tree. To show our gratitude for all it’s done for us, we’re cutting it into pieces and trading it in for a newer model.

Yes, it’s true, we’re replacing the stage floor. The new one will be smooth as a baby’s bottom, free of bumps and porous holes and ready to accept the several thousand coats of paint in the years to come. We are thrilled for its installation, but we’ll never forget all the good times we’ve had on the old one.