We understand that for still and video work, you need an installation that looks good on camera under studio lights and is safe to play on.
Our standard installation for action shoots is to install artificial grass over a 25mm shock pad. This will provide a stable surface for players’ boots to grip and reduce ball bounce to what would be expected on a natural pitch. The artificial grass surface is 100% bonded to the shock pad to ensure no ripples or joint failures occur during use under hot lights.
We believe that hiring artificial grass is not the best solution for events and photoshoots, as second-hand products are often worn, used, and of low quality.
Whilst we understand budgets need to be kept as tight as possible, the risk of an event having to be stopped because of safety concerns or visual requirements not being met far outweighs the cost of new synthetic grass.
Many of our clients will purchase our products for their photoshoot and have it installed and removed by one of our fitting teams. This ensures that the surface is kept in premium condition and stored at our factory until the next project. Alternatively, it can be moved on to multiple venues across Europe for the same project.
It is a common misconception that you need a 3G or 4G grass when you film or photograph football players during action photoshoots.
We understand that for still and video work, you need an installation that looks good on camera under studio lights and is safe to play on. As a result, we have never used a 3G or 4G grass, as we believe it is not an appropriate product for this kind of work.
3G and 4G surfaces generally require sand or rubber infilling, which is a messy and time-consuming process to both install and remove. Yet, without the infill, the pile height is not maintained, and instead tends to lie flat, causing the grass to look shiny from one direction and dark from another.
However, our range offers the best of both worlds. Our products provide a surface that is both safe to play on and looks very realistic under studio lighting, even for close-up work.
An installation that we recently completed for a Puma campaign shows the excellent results that our artificial grass can provide for your photoshoot.
For all action photoshoot installations, we recommend using a shock pad underneath the grass. This provides a cushioned surface for players to move on to reduce the risk of injury in high-speed moves and falls.
When players are using studs, the shock pad provides a cushion to allow them to sink into the grass, compared to playing on artificial grass that has been installed directly onto concrete. This reduces the risk of slipping or injury and gives the ball a realistic bounce. This pad also helps to level rough studio floors and provide a better surface to film on.
It removes the problem of trying to tape the turf down to dusty studio floors, as it is bonded to the shock pad using a tackifier adhesive. This allows the two surfaces to be cleanly removed from each other on removal, but provides 100% bond during play, eliminating any risk of the grass moving or buckling, even under very high traffic.
We offer a worldwide service. With good access and a clear floor, we can install 200sqm of grass and shock pad in 3 hours and remove it in 1-2 hours, and 1000sqm in 9 hours and remove in 3-4 hours.