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230 Niagara Street – Downtown Toronto, Canada

StartWell Studios / A turn-key facility for professional film and photo productions

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Book our entire studio building exclusively – its the perfect place to produce killer content – with a massive white 2-wall cyclorama + cove with talent/holding space (with makeup mirrors & directors chairs), 2 washrooms, an espresso bar and client lounge – plus parking!

The building has two sets of doors and you can load equipment directly from parking into our massive white cyclorama. The studio has tall ceilings for sets plus load bearing truss to rig lighting equipment.

Every rental comes with parking spots, digital building access (through an app, programmed unlock or swipe card), fast WiFi + ethernet drops for live-streaming, coffee/tea and water as well as a grip package that includes stands and bowens-mount light modifiers.

Pricing For Media Shoots

$250/hr (Minimum: 6hrs)

*We offer discounts for multi-day and long-term rentals. Contact us for more info.

Space

  • Ground Floor
  • 3,400sf. Single Floor Detached Building
  • 2,000sf. CYC Studio w/Production Corner
  • 900sf. HMUA/Wardrobe/Client Lounge
  • 500sf. Espresso bar/Kitchen
  • 2 Washrooms
  • 4 Parking Spots on Front Pad

Specifications

  • 2,000sf. Moulded Corner Cyc (42’x27′ running length walls)
  • 17′ Ceilings
  • Truss (Mounted In Structural Beams)
  • Blackout Windows + 6 Blackout Skylights
  • Western Facing Windows
  • Concrete Floors (painted white)
  • Sound System (with bluetooth)

Client Feedback

A pleasure working with Qasim! The space is perfect for a photo shoot or small video production. The space is also great for clients or high profile talent / celebrities. Working with Qasim was exactly what we wanted when working with a studio. They were flexible, accommodating, friendly staff, professional and responsive. Highly recommend!
Imad Elsheikh
Imad Elsheikh
03:44 22 Jul 21
Loved shooting in this studio. Beautiful, clean, professional and super convenient if you're looking for a space in the heart of the city. Really appreciated all the on-site photography/lighting equipment. 🙏🏽
Sharad Mohan
Sharad Mohan
11:52 20 Jul 21
StartWell Studios is a modern, sleek and creative space that is perfect for all types of photography. I had headshots taken and was extremely comfortable in the vast, airy room where the magic happened. I highly recommend this studio for any type of photography or filming/video project.
David Sevitt
David Sevitt
15:47 12 May 21
We got some great shots here, both professional and creative. Love the huge space and all the different lighting/backdrop options! Great team.
Nina Iordanova
Nina Iordanova
21:47 11 May 21
StartWell Studios provides a clean, modern space, perfect for filming. There are bathrooms and a makeup table for quick outfit changes and appearance checks. They also provide different backdrops for photos and videos. All the furniture is modular and movable so you can set up any scene you want.The cafe area provides a great environment to check emails, regroup and brainstorm before and after a shoot. The coffee is smooth and strong, like their Wifi.I highly recommend working with their production team. As someone who doesn't like to see herself on camera, their team guides you through the entire process from booking, filming and editing.
Karen Parucha
Karen Parucha
16:25 27 Jan 21

Location

Studio rental comes with 4 available parking spots on our lot, just in front of the building. Additional street parking can be found easily in the neighbourhood plus just a 3 minute walk away there is underground paid parking at Upark 775 King Street West.

Included Equipment

Our included kit can be used for photography productions or motion picture/film productions – including stands, sandbags, light modifiers and more.

  • Grip
    • 6x Stainless Steel Reflector C-Stand Adjustable 10 feet/3 Meters with 4 feet/1.2 Meters Holding Arm and 2 Pieces Grip Head
    • 9x Tripods – 102″/260cm Stainless Steel Heavy Duty with 1/4″ to 3/8″ Adapter
    • 2x Stainless Steel C Stand Light Stand with Pulleys, Max. Height 14.4ft/440cm with 7ft/218cm Cross-Bar
    • 4x Stainless Steel Light Stand Tripod with Casters, Heavy Duty Max. Height 10ft/305cm Folded Height 3.9ft/120cm
    • 2x White Electric Motorized Rotating Turntable Display Stand, 24 Inch / 60cm Diameter, 180 Lb Centric Loading
    • 2x Laptop Stand Tripods (37.4″-58.7″/92cm-130cm)
    • 3x Mini Aluminum Tripod Stands with 32″/80cm Max Height
    • 1x Apple Box Set – Multi-Use Wooden Boxes –  Full, Half, Quarter & Pancake
    • 12x Black sandbags (weighted approx 5lbs each)
    • 1x 6-24’ pole (for adjusting ceiling trussed light fixtures etc…)
    • 3x Ceiling Mounted Pantographs (85” fully extended, 15KG max load each)
    • 5x 30’ hand wind retractable extension cord reel with 4 grounded outlets, 13A circuit breaker
    • 6x 10’ Universal Power Cords (black)
    • 5 White 10’ Extension Power Cords
    • Kleton Plastic Utility Service Cart, Flat Top, 25.5-Inch by 40.5-Inch, 5-Inch Casters, 500-lbs Capacity
  • Bowens Softboxes / Light Diffusers
    • 2x Godox CS-65D Lantern Softbox Soft Light Modifier with skirts
    • 2x Neewer 38 inches Deep Parabolic Softbox with Bowens Mount, Removable Internal & External Diffuser and Grid
    • 2x Godox 35x160cm 14″x63″ Beehive Honeycomb Grid Strip Softbox
  • Umbrellas
    • 2x 72″/185cm Silver with Black Cover Reflective Parabolic Umbrella 16 Fiberglass Rib 7mm Shaft (with 2x 7′ Parabolic Umbrella Diffusers)
    • 2x 33″/84cm Professional Photography Studio Reflective Lighting Black/Silver Umbrella
    • 2x E Type Camera Flash Speedlite Mount Swivel Light Stand Bracket with Umbrella Holder for Canon Nikon Pentax Olympus and Other Flashes, Studio Light, LED Light
  • Floor-Standing Reflectors
    • 4x 35″ x 70″/ 90 x 180cm Photo Studio Gold/Silver & Black/White Flat Panel Light Reflector with 360 Degree Rotating Holding Bracket (v flat alternative panels)
    • 2x 66” x24” Clamshell/Arclight Curved Eyelighter Lighting Reflector
    • 2x 5’x7′ Butterfly Scrim (Black or White Reflector Cover + Diffusion Panel) on Wheels
  • Hair/Makeup
    • 2x Tall Tables on Casters
    • 2x Makeup Mirrors With 4000k Bulbs and Dimmer (mirrors = 31.5” x 25.6”)
    • 2x 3-Tier Black Mesh Utility Cart (For Spray Bottles etc…)
    • 1x J-2000 Jiffy Garment Steamer with Plastic Steam Head, 120 Volt
    • 2x Directors Chairs (tall)
  • Audio-Visual
    • 1x ViewSonic 1080p Projector, 3500 Lumens, Supercolor, Vertical Lens Shift, Dual HDMI (with Remote)
    • 1x 55″ 4k TVs (On Floor Stands With Castors)
    • 1x AppleTV (1080p)
    • 1x JBL EON ONE Portable All-in-One Linear-Array 6-Channel PA System

Optional extras include: ping Pong Table with balls and paddles (no extra charge), constant lighting sources (2x 300W RGBW panels & 3x Godox SL60W + 2x Godox VL300W spots) & strobes (3x Godox 600w Pro), espresso bar service, catering.

Layout & Dimensions

Venue rental gives you exclusive use of the whole building – great for sound isolation and hosting talent and clients in a single location with enough room to house a video village away from the production floor etc… *The building also has parking spots on the lot in front of the building.

The flat-white Cyclorama measures 16′ tall X 28′ wide X 45′ long with a wall mounted paper backdrop supporting 10′ rolls with ~10′ max height (on the West wall outside of the Cyc.)

The layout below shows collapsible tables and chairs – these can be made available upon request. Media production bookings usually come with an empty cyc.

Video Tour

Photo Gallery

EXTERIOR

MAIN ENTRANCE, LOUNGE/CAFE & HMUA/HOLDING SPACE

CYC STUDIO