Boa Studios is both a day rental studio and an agency that establishes, promotes, and manages existing day rental video and photo studios. Our aim is to create a roster of professional, responsible, and highly usable studios in various locales throughout the GTA, each space having unique qualities that are sought after for specific production scenarios.
By combining our extensive equipment rental services for both motion and still shoots, along with creative and technical support services such as lighting designer, gaffer, production still photographer, technical consultant, the client saves time and money by having one team deal with multiple aspects of the production, while at the same time being familiar with the studio's features, layout, specs, gear, and management.
Boa Studios was established in 1998, when there were just a handful of day rental photo studios in Toronto. In fact, many of today's pricing standards and workflows were established or refined by Boa Studios over these early years. The 1150 sf studio was an elegant, refined, high usability space with a 20' cyc with an unheard of "gold standard" 5' radius curve, making it very forgiving for lighting.
Soon we were getting double and triple booking requests for the same time slots, or getting requests for smaller and cheaper spaces, larger spaces, higher spaces, ones with drive-in access, etc, so one by one, we started turning others' studio spaces into higher functionality spaces that we represented, representing up to 8 spaces at one time.
Word got around in the motion community, and soon, about 3 out of 4 productions we hosted there were motion. Throughout those years, we got more and more interested in motion lighting, greenscreen, etc. Unfortunately, after 20 years, at the end of 2010, we were forced to move because of building management changes.
In 2012, Boa leased a custom-built film soundstage for 1+4 lease, but after doing great renos and spending a year setting up electrical systems, lighting grids, and getting high power motion lighting, we again fell prey to a dishonest landlord, who took advantage of all the expensive renos we did for their own business, and we couldn't continue the lease on a renewal wording technicality. The studios we represented, however, became better and better, and the projects in our rental studios more sophisticated and challenging.
In 2013, we moved to a 4000 sf warehouse space in Etobicoke, which we were able to run for a bit as a rental studio space, until we got carried away with buying major film lighting and grip gear, and all that gear took over all the space. We are editing the gear down, selling off what we can live without, and hoping to get a second space, and make two new rental studios that provide high production capabilities at a very reasonable rate. Stay tuned!
We are looking for production partners, in either an official partnership / purchase of business, or strategic partners that rely on each other on a frequent basis, since we have so many resources to offer, yet not enough personnel, management and marketing to fully realize the assets. Please contact Mir Lada 647-895-5232 to discuss how we can benefit each other.
Links to studios represented:
GreenSuite info - 1750 sf 2nd floor, double door, freight elevator, loading dock, 30' digigreen cyc and other 10' wall of corner cyc is painted white. Dedicated 20A outlets. Includes cyc lighting. $350 for 8 hr. day. Great lighting and grip package at just $150/day. Islington & QEW.
Studio K info - finest car studio in the country with 40' wide x 30' deep U-shaped, ceiling return cyc and remote-controlled 10x30 Chimera $1300/ 10 hrs. Huge tungsten or strobe lighting anad grip packages at $500/10 hrs. Located in Docklands area.
Studio E info - great value in central / east end space. 2400 sf of white space for just $500 10 hrs intro rate. Good when you don't need a cyc.
Studio I info - central / west end space at Dundas & Dufferin, perfect for people, fashion, and product shoots. Primarily a stills space, but has been successfully used for motion projects, and motion with sound recording, by utilizing sound blankets to absorb sound.
Studio O info - Elegant and refined space with 20' high x 24' wide cyc and drive-in option in the Junction area of Dupont and Lansdowne