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Bunker Street Studios FAQs

Where is Bunker Street Studios? 

We are located in Spencer House Mall at 30 Dunmore Street, in Wānaka. Level 1, up the stairs and turn left. 

 

Is the studio wheelchair accessible? 

Yes there is a lift on the ground floor of Spencer House Mall, and our doors are wheelchair wide. 

Are there bathroom facilities? 

There are shared toilet facilities within the building complex on the same floor (not in the studio itself) that are available to use for Studio customers - an access code will be supplied during the booking. 

 

Are there kitchen facilities?

There are no kitchen facilities as such, however there is a fridge and a bench as well as various basic catering items available - such as a knife and chopping board. 

There is a tea + coffee station set up generally, please just bring your own milk, or there are some great cafes nearby! 

If you need special kitchen facilities just get in touch and we can discuss your requirements. 

 

Is catering available? 

Yes we can assist with sourcing/arranging catering for your shoots, just flick us an email or give us a call and we can help arrange this for you! 

 

Where do we park? 

We unfortunately don’t have any dedicated parking spots, however there are a number of parking options available in the area. 

The “skate park” parking on Dungarvon St allows up to four hours, or a little further along Brownstone St there is free all day parking. 

Alternatively there is a paid parking lot on Dungarvon St, next to the White House.  

We suggest you pull up out front of Spencer House on Dunmore St where there are usually 30 mins spots available, unload any equipment that you need to bring up (we have trolleys at the studio for you to use if required) and then move your vehicles to the longer parking spots. 

 

Can I book hourly or just the meeting room? 

We do allow hour by hour bookings and also the booking of just the meeting room (aka The Martini Room), however these are only by arrangement, and usually only within a week of the booking. Just get in touch and let’s chat about what you need! 

 

I’m planning on being a regular user, do you do annual memberships? 

Not as such, but let's just have a chat and we may be able to help you out with special pricing for booking on a regular basis.  

 

Can you help us while we are in the Studio? 

The Studio has been designed for users to be able to come in and use the space without the need for us to be there – however if it’s your first time or you aren’t experienced with film lighting and equipment you might like to hire one of our crew to assist you during your shoot. If this is the case, we’d love to assist please just get in touch with us and we will discuss your needs with you. 

A Studio Assist is a general helper with knowledge of how the location is set up, where light switches are, where props are kept and can be a runner and general hand. A Studio Tech is a trained operator who can assist with lighting setup to achieve a desired result,  camera rigging and other technical operation.

How do I access the Studio? 

Once you have booked we will send you all the info you need for using the space, including your own access code or door tag for the studio doors. If you are planning to be on site really early or late at night we can meet you there to let you in the main building also. 

 

Is it soundproof? 

While we have put a lot of effort into building a purpose built film studio, we do still have neighbours and the space is not 100% soundproof. Most of our neighbours do operate during normal business hours, so just get in touch if you have a particularly sound sensitive project and we can chat about what times might work best for you.  

Who is in charge of Health and Safety? 

We both are. You are responsible for complying with our Safety System (link) and also for ensuring that you have your own safety system in place during your booking. You are also responsible for ensuring that all users during your booking are aware of the Health and Safety expectations while they are at the studio. 

 

Do you have other spaces also available for hire? 

We will soon! Sign up to our mailing list and we will keep you in the loop!  

In the interim, we can also assist with location scouting – so if there is a particular scene you are looking for, just let us know and we are happy to provide this as an extra service.  

 

What are the Pre-Lit options? 

We have a number of 'standard' pre lit options, however we can pre light to almost any desired shoot type so if yoou need something specific please get in touch.

  • Option 1: 1x Top Light; 2x Front 45's

  • Option 2: 2x Front 45's; 1x Back Light

  • Option 3: 1x Top Light; 1x Front 45; 1x Back Light

How do I use the “Big Lights”? 

Please watch this handy video below, that we prepared earlier. 

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