SpeedSet is an innovative, faster and more sustainable alternative to conventional set building constructions made of wood or other materials. The system consists of prefabricated panels made of aluminium composite plates and hollow aluminium profiles. This makes the system very stable and torsion-resistant with very low bulk and weight. These panels are assembled into continuous walls using quick connectors (without using tools) and can be separated just as easily and quickly after use. Unlike a wooden set, the panels can be reused over and over again, and don’t end up in a container after a single use.
To what extent is SpeedSet more sustainable than a conventional wooden set construction?
Recycled aluminium is used to a large extent in the production of the profiles and the aluminium composite panels from which we build our system. In addition, the panels are manufactured in such a way that, in the event of disposal, a simplified separability of the individual layers is guaranteed, thus ensuring that the aluminium can be recycled in the future. The coating of the panels is also non-toxic and biodegradable. The big difference, however, is that unlike wooden backdrops, SpeedSet is not torn down and disposed of after a single use, but reused many times over.
Why should I choose to use SpeedSet instead of a conventional set construction?
There are several reasons to rely on SpeedSet.
You may want to produce "green" and have to prove your "Carbon-footprints" (Co2 results) to your commissioning broadcaster or to a funding agency?
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But there can also be other reasons to use SpeedSet. For example, if you need a particular set at relatively short notice, where you might usually look for an "on-location" solution, you could now rent a SpeedSet. Due to the short-term availability and the fast set-up time, you can plan production processes in a completely different way than before. Because as the name suggests, the SpeedSet system is one thing above all... fast!
Since that our panels are prefabricated and are already in stock, and that they are so quickly connected, compared to a conventional set construction we need only a fraction of the regular time for assembly. This eliminates the time-consuming preliminary work of obtaining materials and pre-preparing the scenery parts.
We also stock a basic selection of windows and doors. If these do not suit your needs, we can integrate any kind of fittings you may require.
And by the way, you will also be actively supporting an environmental protection project "Eden Reforestation Projects". One tree is planted per week for every square metre of SpeedSet rented. So, if you rent 100 square metres of SpeedSet for 4 weeks, Eden Projects will plant 400 trees in your name. Please take a look here to find out more about the Eden Projects.
Is the SpeedSet system suitable for my set design?
If your set is to represent the interior of a building (e.g. residential building, flat, hospital, police station, bar or restaurant, etc.) with a ceiling height of up to 6 metres, then SpeedSet is probably your best choice. Special fittings and made-to-measure doors and windows can be either supplied by us or alternatively we can incorporate your fittings into SpeedSet.
We do not claim that Speedset is the solution for everything. If you need tailored round or curved parts for a cave for example, then we would recommend using conventional construction methods (wood, Styrofoam, plastic, glass etc.). Neither does it have to be one or the other; a studio set can consist of a SpeedSet joined to conventional constructions.
On locationor SpeedSet? Food for thought.
Most production companies have experienced this:
Often production companies together with their Art-director/Set-designer weigh the costs whether to use a “real” location or build a studio set for example a police station, hospital etc. Depending on multiple circumstances they may choose either one or the other. Sometimes the pros and cons seem equal, and they can’t quite decide. It may happen for example, they choose to rent a “real” location building as a police headquarters for a new tv series. After shooting the first block, they hand back the location and wait months for the first episodes to be televised. If its successful, they get to carry on filming but realise the original location either isn’t available or doesn’t even exist anymore. Finding a new location is a headache and wondering how to “Sell it” to the viewers even more so. SpeedSet could have equally been rented for the filming period, stored while playing the waiting game and built back identically in a new Studio/location.
Where can SpeedSet be set up?
SpeedSet can be set up almost anywhere, even outdoors. Not only in a studio but also in a residential building, an office floor, a warehouse etc. If you want to set up a SpeedSet "on location", e.g., in an empty office building and use the buildings existing ceiling (e.g. concrete ceiling, system ceiling, etc.), the ceiling height should be at least 250 cm. If you want to use a self-designed ceiling, we also offer a solution. In this case, we always require at least 30 cm of headroom space above the height of the set. There should always be approx. one metre of space around the set for construction purposes.
Is Speedset just as stable and resilient as a wooden set? And what about other safety-relevant issues such as fire protection?
The stability of a SpeedSet is created not only through it's special connecting design, but also through its ceiling connection. Where a ceiling is not required, a “slot-in” overhead rig-system is fitted. This not only benefits the lighting team to freely hang its lighting system but also gives the set such stability that set-supports/battens are not needed. (set-supports on the outer set side, consume much room and are a hinderance for lighting equipment etc.)
The Surface stability of a SpeedSet is similar to that of a wooden set. This means that hanging pictures, shelves, washbasins, or TV wall brackets for example, is not an issue. We supply appropriate fixtures and screws for this purpose.
The SpeedSet system is made of aluminium composite panels, and metal supports, and therefore flame-retardant. The fire load of a conventional wooden set is obviously significantly high.
By the way, although the wall elements are only 14mm thick, they have a sound insulation level of 26 db., which roughly matches the sound insulation of a wooden backdrop.