The aim during photoshoots or an event is to provide what is expected by your client or what you had visualised in all the planning and meetings. Imagine having the artificial grass for your photoshoots delivered, ready to be installed, only to realise that the creased, marked holes cut are not the size you require, and extra joins will have to be made if the artificial grass is to fit the area.
This is what could happen if you hire artificial grass for photoshoots, as you can’t be sure whether it is first or 6th time it’s been used.
This is why at Evergreens, we believe hire is not the best solution for events and photoshoots. 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 outweigh the cost of new synthetic grass.
Many of our clients who are involved in sports photoshoots will purchase artificial grass for a particular project and have it installed and removed by one of our fitting teams. This ensures that the grass is kept in a premium condition and stored at our factory* until the next project. Alternatively, it is moved forward to multiple venues across Europe for the same project. This ensures continuity in look and play characteristics throughout the project.
3G v 4G v Natural looking artificial grass
It is a common misconception that you need a 3G or 4G grass when you film or photograph football players during photoshoots. This is simply wrong and is usually due to supply enquiries with artificial pitch installation companies.
At Evergreens, we have been supplying artificial grass for photoshoots for over 15 years. In this time, we have never used a 3G or 4G grass, as we believe it is not an appropriate product for this kind of work.
What is required for still and video work is an artificial grass installation that looks good on camera under studio lights and just as importantly, is safe to play on. The problem with using a 3G type of fake grass for photoshoots is that they generally require sand and or rubber infilling, which is a messy process to both install and remove. It makes its reuse far more difficult – not to mention the extra time it takes to install. In cases where infill is not used, the pile tends to lay flat as infill is designed to hold up the pile height. This can cause the grass to look very shiny from one direction and dark from another.
With the type of artificial grasses we recommend you have the best of both worlds. They are a landscape version of the 3G and 4G grasses that provide a surface that is both safe to play on and looks very realistic under studio lighting, even for close-up work.
Shock Pad Underlay
For most of our sports photoshoot installations, we recommend the use of a shock pad underneath the grass. This is for a number of reasons, including providing 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 artificial grass down to dusty studio floors, as the turf is bonded to the shock pad by 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.
How long does it take to install 200sqm grass and shock pad?
With good access and a clear floor, we can install both the grass and shock pad in 3 hours and their removal takes 1-2 hours.
How long does it take to install 1000sqm grass and shock pad?
With good access and a clear floor, we can install both the grass and shock pad in 9 hours and their removal takes 3-4 hours.
Do you install artificial grass for photoshoots in Europe?
We offer a worldwide install service with frequent installs in Italy, Spain and Germany.