ThunderShot Studios

ThunderShot Studios ThunderShot Studios is the perfect creative canvas for TV shows, commercials, green/blue screen shoots, compositing, and virtual sets. Our studio is big, powerful, quiet, ice cold—and it features one of the largest seamless hard c*c walls in the DC/Baltimore region.

Why? Because it was designed by people who clawed their way up the production ladder. We’ve seen a lot of producers fight the clock and we have worked hard to iron out the irritating logistical hiccups that waste time and drain budgets. Our goal is to deliver speed, convenience and a smoother production day so that you can focus on what’s happening in front of the camera.

Operating as usual

Unreal Engine is AWESOME!!  Same tech used on the Mandalorian 🙂  We’ve been using it at ThunderShot for more than a year...
07/22/2021

Unreal Engine is AWESOME!! Same tech used on the Mandalorian 🙂 We’ve been using it at ThunderShot for more than a year now for virtual events and the backgrounds of surrealistic frontiers. Its reconfigurable curved bright high resolution led tiles make it an extremely flexible solution for high caliber productions of all kinds. With our pre-built jib, large sensor multicamera packages, and built-in lighting support, it’s hard to get more dramatic results. Let us know if you need some galactic production support in the Mid Atlantic! We’d love to work with you!!

We have hundreds of fixtures at our studio, but there's one light that NEVER gets turned off.  Have a happy and safe 4th...
07/04/2021

We have hundreds of fixtures at our studio, but there's one light that NEVER gets turned off. Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

We have hundreds of fixtures at our studio, but there's one light that NEVER gets turned off. Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

05/21/2021

BIG-RIG PRODUCTION CAMERAS COMPARED

ZOOM EVENT
WEDNESDAY MAY 26
6:30 PM (EDT

Register today at http://ow.ly/sY4r50ESEnh

With so many camera options, what are you shooting on?
There are as many answers to this question as there are producers, directors, editors, and cinematographers.

Get ready to get your inner video NERD on, cause we’re going to float on down to the deep end of the pool with Director of Photography Peter Nicoll. He (and a few others) will analyze Dc-Camera’s premium lineup of state-of-the art motion picture systems and provide a comprehensive look at why you should consider a particular camera for your production needs. Topics may include color space, optics, latitude, formats, data consumption, workflow, and overall reputations of the most popular cameras in the business. Join us for a chat about the pros, cons, and value-added qualities of options across the whole production spectrum.

DON’T MISS IT!

We have hundreds of fixtures at our studio, but there's one light that NEVER gets turned off. Have a happy and safe 4th ...
07/04/2020

We have hundreds of fixtures at our studio, but there's one light that NEVER gets turned off. Have a happy and safe 4th of July everyone!

06/28/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Our fellow production professionals: Dc-Camera and Erich Roland will be producing an important Zoom meeting hosted by Director of Photography Peter Nicoll with a meaningful conversation about COVID-19 issues for professionals in the video production, broadcast and motion picture industry.

Please join to Peter Nicoll Wednesday, July 1st 1:30-2:30PM Meeting are open discussions and everyone is welcome. Topics to be discussed, Virtual VTR, Witness Cameras, Monitors and more monitors, The Zone System and so much more. Here is the link to this zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7154598951

Please join the conversation as we all begin to plan the best ways to get back to work!

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, confer...

04/27/2020
JAGMAC "Spread Love" (Official Video)

Just before the coronavirus shut down the East Coast, we had the opportunity to work with the wildly talented JAGMAC on their new video for "Spread Love." It's a perfect message for a time when so many people are struggling.
https://youtu.be/Hmu8zFarh1M

Hey JAGMAC FAM! As you all know, our world is going through a lot of hardship right now. Luckily, music is one way we can all find hope and inspiration. We H...

04/21/2020
VPA NOVA District

The Virginia Film Office (VFO) and the VPA NOVA District are keeping our industry informed. Thanks so much for the shout-out VFO! Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!

You didn't miss it!! Here's the Webinar replay. The economic shutdown has impacted our industry in some major ways. Surviving the months ahead is key, and not easy if you own a small business. Check out this detailed Power Point made with our industry in mind - with followup Q&A session.

04/20/2020
VPA NOVA District

You didn't miss it!! Here's the Webinar replay. The economic shutdown has impacted our industry in some major ways. Surviving the months ahead is key, and not easy if you own a small business. Check out this detailed Power Point made with our industry in mind - with followup Q&A session.

You didn't miss it!! Here's the Webinar replay. The economic shutdown has impacted our industry in some major ways. Surviving the months ahead is key, and not easy if you own a small business. Check out this detailed Power Point made with our industry in mind - with followup Q&A session.

THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!!
04/03/2020
ThunderShot Studios

THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!!

An online event that might be worth considering if you have a production business from the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). Speakers like Timm Johnson from the Mason Small Business Development Center from our Small Business Bootcamp last year will be presenting options.

An online event that might be worth considering if you have a production business from the Northern Virginia Technology ...
04/02/2020
Display event - Navigating Your Small Business Through Covid-19 Epidemic

An online event that might be worth considering if you have a production business from the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC). Speakers like Timm Johnson from the Mason Small Business Development Center from our Small Business Bootcamp last year will be presenting options.

So here's a bit of news that could be helpful to our colleagues who are struggling on the freelance side of our industry...
04/02/2020
Unemployment benefits for gig and self-employed workers stalled by confusion, delays

So here's a bit of news that could be helpful to our colleagues who are struggling on the freelance side of our industry, or as they're calling it - the gig economy.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/01/unemployment-for-gig-self-employed-workers-mired-in-confusion-delays.html

The new coronavirus relief law extends unemployment benefits to gig, self-employed and other previously ineligible workers, but they may have to wait to file and receive benefits.

Hey, remember that time about a year ago when we mentioned that we clean all of our floors with hot sanitizer?. Yeah, ...
03/10/2020

Hey, remember that time about a year ago when we mentioned that we clean all of our floors with hot sanitizer?. Yeah, we’ve been focused on keeping super clean and disinfected at hospital grade concentrations in high touch areas and providing wall mounted hand sanitizers since we opened our studio. Now we’re seeing lots of other businesses and venues mentioning their new cleaning procedures. In the words of Bruce Willis: “WELCOME TO THE PARTY PAL!”

Our office today:  Not-a-process-trailer, ThunderShot Style 🙂
03/09/2020

Our office today: Not-a-process-trailer, ThunderShot Style 🙂

Our office today: On location in Manassas. Flying an Amira in full 24-foot Jimmy Jib Triangle BEAST MODE!.
02/13/2020

Our office today: On location in Manassas. Flying an Amira in full 24-foot Jimmy Jib Triangle BEAST MODE!.

02/09/2020
VPA NOVA District

VPA NOVA District

Our office today: Shooting a commercial for the Virginia Production Alliance in the Northern District at ThunderShot Studios!! This should be a fun spot by Patrick Wittle. This little clip is by Lars Sandvik shooting a little BTS.

#SetLife #VideoProduction #BTS #Acting #Directing #FilmProduction

Our office today:  Elegant, simple infinity white.  GQ/Covergirl style big-source lighting spokespersons.  Red 4K.  Toda...
01/30/2020

Our office today: Elegant, simple infinity white. GQ/Covergirl style big-source lighting spokespersons. Red 4K. Today’s setup time, 30 minutes. Wrap time: Probably less than that.

#setlife #productionstudio #videoproduction #videolighting #videography

Start your day off right with this balanced craft service spread at ThunderShot!  Ever tried replacing your cornflakes w...
01/22/2020

Start your day off right with this balanced craft service spread at ThunderShot! Ever tried replacing your cornflakes with fresh movie popcorn 🍿. Craft is an easy and delightful add on option for your ThunderShot shoots, so keep us in mind for your upcoming projects! 🙂

Just in case anybody was wondering who had all the gear in town last week…. Sorry about that.  🙂#soundstage #setlife #p...
11/25/2019

Just in case anybody was wondering who had all the gear in town last week…. Sorry about that. 🙂

#soundstage #setlife #productionstudio #videoproduction #lighting

Thanks to ALL who came out for the 2019 State of the Industry Expo in Fairfax last week!!!!  It was a HUGE SUCCESS!  So ...
09/25/2019

Thanks to ALL who came out for the 2019 State of the Industry Expo in Fairfax last week!!!! It was a HUGE SUCCESS! So many of the DC area's powerhouse production resource companies were there showing their capabilities to 350-450 awesome professionals - making connections that will propel the region for years to come! Huge thanks to the Virginia Production Alliance, the The Virginia Film Office, and the Fairfax City Economic Development Authority for sponsoring such an important event!!! We all had a BLAST! Check it out. 🙂

Thanks to everyone who showed up for a fun, productive State of the Industry event. Thank you especially to the Fairfax City Economic Development Authority, Mayor David L. Meyer & colleagues for your gracious hospitality at the Stacey Sherwood Center. Thanks also to all our fantastic sponsors and vendors for showcasing their talents & wares.

09/15/2019
VPA's STATE OF THE INDUSTRY EVENT! DON'T MISS IT!!

DON'T MISS IT!! This Thursday September 19th the The Virginia Film Office and Virginia Production Alliance - VPA State of the Industry EXPO - Northern Virginia comes to the DC Area!
6 PM - Stacy C Sherwood Community Center, Fairfax, VA
REGISTER FREE! www.evite.me/6DeShYZ8rE

Women in Film and Video DC TIVA-DC Members The Washington Source for Lighting Capital Camera Rentals Dc-Camera ThunderShot Studios TeamPeople The Actors' Center Carlyn Davis Casting, Inc.

When you came to ThunderShot Studios for your project, you probably didn’t notice that we use hot sanitizer to clean our...
09/07/2019

When you came to ThunderShot Studios for your project, you probably didn’t notice that we use hot sanitizer to clean our truck bay regularly--but we’ll bet your brain did. 🙂

Avoid bringing your important clients to dirty warehouse locations. Think about it… or bring your production projects to ThunderShot’s soundstages, and never think about it again!

Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Wish Kid Mason are bringing Mason's feature short, The Fallen, to Comic-Con International o...
07/10/2019

Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Wish Kid Mason are bringing Mason's feature short, The Fallen, to Comic-Con International on July 18th.

We had a blast helping produce #MasonsMovieWish and are glad to see this imaginative anti-hero film reach a wider audience. Catch it if you can https://comic-con.org/cci/films!

BTS photos by Chip Somodevilla

07/04/2019
Happy 4th!

A Fourth of July MISHAP! Be careful out there, patriots, dangers lurk around every corner.

Hanging out on a rooftop to catch the sun as it reveals the DC skyline. But the star of this time lapse shot isn’t the c...
06/08/2019

Hanging out on a rooftop to catch the sun as it reveals the DC skyline. But the star of this time lapse shot isn’t the capital city, it’s Theodore Roosevelt Island. TRI is DC’s largest presidential memorial and the only way to see the whole thing is from the air.

Lars Sandvik

05/26/2019

Nothing beats blue skies on TRI. We brought along a 14mm prime lens and a glide cam to capture the magic. Something big is coming soon!

Lars Sandvik

05/17/2019
THE FALLEN: a film by Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic wish kid Mason

#MasonsMovieWish, The Fallen, premiered at the Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.) on Wednesday and now you can watch it online!

When Yari Ising at TeamPeople first called us with this wish we jumped at the chance to join the project. When we saw the treatment, we took a deep breath. We knew we needed some hardcore back-up and started working our contacts to find the talent and resources to pull off Mason's action-packed superhero plot that fearlessly embraced stunts, fight scenes, special effects, and destruction on a cosmic scale.

ThunderShot Studios is grateful that so many people said yes to us and we'd like to thank all of you for turning Mason's wish into something special. Without you we wouldn't have had actors, amazing sets, dramatic lighting, breathtaking wirework, cinematic cameras/lenses, transformative hair and make-up, and the layers of color and sound that made The Fallen real.

So thanks again Dc-Camera, Henninger Media Services (especially Sue O'Hora), The Washington Source for Lighting, Kim Reyes, Wes Sullivan, Carl Hamilton, Jaime Nudd, Jeff Wilhelm, Scene 1, Becky Shpak, Kari Bare, Stephen Guidry-White, and Andrew Jorgensen!

WATCH IT HERE!
https://youtu.be/r0NFVcAdNAg

Can a bunch of misfit superheroes come together to save the world? From the creative mind of 10-year-old wish kid Mason, comes the story of THE FALLEN and th...

Premiere night for Wish Kid Mason’s movie THE FALLEN at Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.)!!!
05/15/2019

Premiere night for Wish Kid Mason’s movie THE FALLEN at Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.)!!!

Prepping a multicamera shoot on location today at The Howard Theatre
05/15/2019

Prepping a multicamera shoot on location today at The Howard Theatre

05/14/2019
THE FALLEN Trailer

Lars cameo alert. :) It's premiere week for #MasonsMovieWish and the trailer for THE FALLEN has just been released! The production community really rallied around Mason--our multitalented writer, actor, and executive producer--to bring his vision to life.

ThunderShot Studios was happy to provide the studio AND some on-camera talent. Keep an eye out for jaded detective #2 (AKA Lars Sandvik). Thanks to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and TeamPeople for bringing us on board for this amazing project!

10-year-old Mason from Washington, DC is a boy with a big imagination. While spending countless hours in the hospital battling cancer, Mason put his imaginat...

05/13/2019
THE FALLEN Trailer

It's premiere week for #MasonsMovieWish and the trailer for THE FALLEN has just been released! The production community really rallied around Mason--our multitalented writer, actor, and executive producer--to bring his vision to life.

ThunderShot Studios was happy to provide the studio AND some on-camera talent. Keep an eye out for jaded detective #2 (AKA Lars Sandvik). Thanks to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and TeamPeople for bringing us on board this amazing project!

10-year-old Mason from Washington, DC is a boy with a big imagination. While spending countless hours in the hospital battling cancer, Mason put his imaginat...

We always love it when Steven Spielberg visits one of his favorite States to shoot . . . Stay tuned!  :)
05/03/2019
Virginia Production Alliance

We always love it when Steven Spielberg visits one of his favorite States to shoot . . . Stay tuned! :)

Steven Spielberg visited Danville Thursday and Friday last week and talked to former Dan River Inc. employees. He asked them what Danville was like, how it had changed over the decades and the influence the textile mill had in the region.

(h/t: Mike Ivey)

Address

9425 Mathy Dr Ste B
Fairfax, VA
22031

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm

Telephone

(703) 645-4044

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We have the biggest and best video production soundstage studio in the Washington DC area. From "big-rig" cinematography to multi camera switched packages, we put the best turnkey solutions at your fingertips.

We also have one of the biggest camera jibs in the Mid-Atlantic and a master owner operator with more than 23 years of experience.

Our team is production muscle for creative minds! We have expansive scale-able services that are perfect for ad agencies, video production companies, and network broadcasters. Call us today!

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You bet it is!!
Shadows performing ,offset, on c*c wall.
Thanks ThunderShot Studios for a great day!
Thank you Amy and Lars for taking time to talk to me yesterday. Your place is awesome.