Why we call Hoboken "Hollywood on the Hudson"

Hoboken, aka “The West, West Village.”
Cobalt offers Hollywood’s best production tools right here in Hoboken— like our cutting-edge Virtual Backlot—the only Virtual Sets available to the public on the East Coast. We also provide Livestreaming and Motion Control robotics for Remote Camerawork along with our comprehensive inventory of lights, lenses, and rigging tools.

Two Locations for Safe Shoots
Cobalt’s 12,000 square foot production facility features a 7,000 square foot soundstage, and 20-foot ceilings. Three blocks away, we have Hoboken House, our fully-furnished, sun-drenched 2,000 square foot Carriage House.

NJ’s Tax Breaks Top New York’s
New Jersey’s Film & TV Tax Credit includes up to 35% percent of ABOVE AND BELOW the line qualified expenses when you “set up your entity” in the Garden State. New York’s tax credit pertains to only below the line expenses.

Location. Location. Location.
Fifteen minutes from Midtown Manhattan, our Hoboken soundstage is a quick reverse-commute from the city by car. Hoboken also offers a breezy, open-air, public transportation option via the NY Waterway ferry. We're open and safe.

Learn more here, and let us know how we can help with your next safe shoot.

We help producers overcome complexity to shoot with confidence.

We’re Turnkey.
Our onsite equipment inventory and amenities simplify and streamline setting up your production. Turnkey means everything is already here, sanitized, and ready to roll. Our turnkey production tools include, but aren’t limited to: Motion control robotics, rigging, lights, high-end lenses & cameras, home ec kitchen, Livestreaming, Video Village, and the East Coast’s 1st Virtual Backlot for working with Virtual Sets for "The New Production Era".

We’re Safe.
Together with our enhanced disinfecting protocols and industrial-sized Ozone air purifiers, Cobalt’s size and layout also makes it easier to shoot safe. Our 12,000 square foot facility includes a 7,000 square foot soundstage— plus several separate, fully-networked, fully furnished spaces. Btw, our 20-foot ceilings also support a safer ratio of air space-to-people. And three blocks away, our furnished 2,000 square foot Carriage House is a safe, private place to work, shoot, and stay.

We’re Open.
New Jersey has been supportive of us as we reopen, and our safe shooting protocols meet or exceed all state standards. As a by-producers, for-producers soundstage, we’re uniquely equipped to understand your needs and offer help. Reach out to us for more information on New Jersey’s virus mitigation requirements, the New Jersey Film and TV Tax Credit, and anything else you need to know to shoot with confidence. We’re always here to support you.

Safe Shoot Strategies: Control Matters. Soundstage vs. On-location.

It’s all about control.
Soundstages are trending—especially turnkey ones like Cobalt. It makes sense because producers are more concerned than ever about working in a controlled environment where crowd control is a non-issue, and virus mitigation solutions are in place.

Efficiency and convenience.
Team Cobalt’s Alex started out in documentaries, and when people asked what he did, he’d reply, “Mostly unloading vans and hauling stuff around.” Taking productions on the road is expensive, time-consuming, and risky. In-studio, there’s adequate power, and your equipment is safe. And with Virtual Sets, it’s easy to achieve stunningly textured environments in-studio with the flexibility to shoot in a penthouse and a treehouse on the same day.

The Soundstage as Laboratory.
Production experiments demand a controlled environment, but “in the wild,” you’re inundated with variables like sound, light, and crowds. The pressure is always on to get things done while the sun is cooperating! Working in-studio, you’ve weeded out those problems, and you have the opportunity to envision and conjure everything yourself. Start with a white cyc in the morning, and by afternoon, you’ve got the back of a restaurant or a bike repair shop. Creatively, it’s a very precise and satisfying way to work.

We’re proud to support the Tri-State production community with turnkey production solutions. We’re here to help you plan your next safe shoot.

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Safe Shoot Strategies: Imagine the Future of Production

Decades before Cobalt Stages opened to the public, John Lennon’s iconic “Imagine” music video was shot here by a prior owner. As a tribute to our always magical space and Cobalt's history of innovation and imagination, we came up with “Soundstage Reimagined” when we first founded Cobalt. It seemed to ring true, then, and in light of recent events, well... our existing ideas and technologies take new shape and significance.

Imagine: the Future of Production
The pandemic has fast-forwarded the evolution of production practices. More clients are staying home, so productions need Livestreaming tools and knowledgeable help to support online collaboration. Social distancing on set requires bigger spaces, more individual workspaces, and high-tech production tools like Virtual Set and Motion Control. At Cobalt, we’re a step ahead because we’re already prepared to provide these options.

We’re Ready to Help
We’ve never been content following trends—we prefer to set them. And as our community responds to the changing production landscape, we welcome you to embrace our high-tech ways and to lean on us for support. Never used Virtual Sets before? No worries, we can walk you through it. Need to host clients AND talent virtually for a while? Let’s talk Livestreaming. Ready to dive into the world of remote camerawork? Our Motion Control maestros have decades of experience. Not sure WHERE to begin? We would be honored to help.

Let’s Go!
Everyone at Cobalt is passionate about adopting cutting edge technologies and repurposing existing production solutions in thoughtful new ways.
What are your biggest challenges right now, and how can we help?

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And let us help you get your project off the ground.

Safe Shoot Strategies: How Cobalt’s Virtual Backlot Simplifies Safe Shooting

Our Virtual Backlot offers high-tech, low-stress social distancing.

High-tech, Low-stress Social Distancing
Want to limit crew on set, while saving time, money, and the environment? Get to know Cobalt’s Virtual Backlot—the first on the East Coast. We can help you shoot on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, on the moon, or in any other setting you can imagine—while dramatically reducing the amount of crew and staff on set.

Simple Solutions for Supply Challenges
Traditional practical sets require you to build, scenic, prop-shop, and dress your entire set. Add in our current supply scarcity and social distancing, and traditional set-building becomes difficult or impossible. The set of your dreams can be created in CG with more detail and texture than you can build. The only practical elements you need are the props that are actually being touched. And you don’t have to limit the scope and scale of your vision—even vast, photorealistic environments like “Black Panther’s” Wakanda are possible and practical—right here in Hoboken.

Sustainability Without Creative Compromises
Why build an expensive set, only to discard it? Virtual Sets are zero-waste, and they create a minuscule carbon footprint. Because they’re inexpensive, easy to use, and empower productions to work with fewer people on set, there’s no good reason not to adopt this eco-friendly best practice now.

We’ve recently helped Lowes and IBM to leverage this powerful, practical technology. As you explore new approaches for Safe Shooting, our Virtual Set advisors are always ready with strategies and solutions.

We’re always here to advise you on how to Shoot Safe.
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Safe Shoot Strategies: Remote Camerawork

Until this pandemic, Motion Control robotics has been used mainly as a creative VFX tool. Sometimes called “Precision Playback”, Motion Control makes it possible to program and repeat complex camera moves with a degree of precision that is impossible for humans to replicate on our own.

Fully Automated for Social Distancing On Set
In today’s production landscape, Cobalt’s comprehensive inventory of Motion Control tools empowers our clients to shoot with remote-control cameras. Productions benefit by reducing crew on set by 2-3 people. By pre-programming and editing camera moves, remotely, you can shoot without a camera operator, camera assistant, dolly grip and focus puller physically on set. We can even operate multiple rigged devices, remotely. On a recent shoot, we built a rig to mechanize a laser that had to trace up, none other than, Jerry Seinfeld’s leg while he was strapped to a table a la Frankenstein.

Robots to Help You Create Without Limits
With 36 feet of track and an effective vertical range of 7 feet, our Gazelle’s 6-foot boom arm can execute large-scale camera moves with total precision. Camera moves can be pre-programmed and saved, then recalled, edited, and played back, as required. For more complex movements, we can incorporate our massive 4-foot turntable to spin an entire set, or our miniature rotators to spin product or props. We can trigger DMX lighting cues in total sync with the camera moves, and motorize a Fisher dolly in conjunction with one of our pan-tilt heads. Focus and zoom are never a problem because we can motorize any lens for remote operation. We even have a motorized an Arri head for heavy-duty applications.

The V Set/Video Village Connection
All of this robotic activity can be operated remotely, with video sent to our Video Village, where it’s distributed instantly throughout the facility and Livestreamed to all remote participants. Incoming audio from the livestream can also be sent directly to our playback sound system for broadcast to all participants on stage.

We’re always here to advise you on
how to leverage our Remote Camerawork tools.

Call us.
(201) 963-5900

Safe Shoot Strategies: Why Turnkey Matters Now More Than Ever

With retailers, prop shops, and suppliers closed for business, Cobalt is uniquely-equipped to help the Tri-State production community shoot safely.

The Swiss Army Knife of Studios
With 2 locations and an 8000 sq. ft. warehouse, our by producers / for producers soundstage offers more in-house supplies and equipment than anywhere on the East Coast. Before social distancing, our inventory was a saving grace for productions. Now, it’s THE difference between “let’s go” and a no-go. Our clients can find tabletops, counters, doors, windows, cabinets, and more – onsite. If you need materials to create sets, props, and backgrounds, just ask!

Cobalt Onsite Equipment

Turnkey is Essential for “Safe Shoots”
Cobalt offers rigging, high-end lenses, motion control robotics, and the East Coast’s only publicly-available Virtual Backlot for working with Virtual Sets. Our purpose-built spaces like our fully-appointed Home Ec Kitchen, woodshop, and private furnished carriage house (the Hoboken House), make it possible to get it all done— an “all in one” solution with wayyy less running around. We’re also offering free Livestreaming for bookings through June 21st, so team members can collaborate from home with HD quality footage delivered in real-time.

Hoboken House - Production House

20,000 sq ft to S P R E A D O U T

Main Stage Facility = 12,000 sq ft

The Hoboken House = 2,000 sq ft
Storage = 8,000 sq ft

Our advisory team is here to help you take advantage of our spaces, inventory, and high tech tools— like VSet, Livestreaming, and Video Village to make social distancing easier.

Can we help you get it done?

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Main Stage Facility = 12,000 sq ft

Safe Shoot Solutions: How Productions Are Shooting Safely With Cobalt

Shows like Saturday Night Live and Cobalt Client “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” are broadcasting from home. Our industry-leading Livestreaming capabilities are evolving to meet the changing needs of the production community.

Livestreaming is 100% Safe
To help our clients produce content during a pandemic, we’ve been holding think tanks on the regular. We’ve been hard at masterminding “Safe Shoot Solutions” that leverage our Livestreaming capabilities in innovative new ways. This entails taking each project’s creative vision into account, managing a high degree of technical complexity, and making the process streamlined and user-friendly enough to succeed by shooting anywhere.

Cobalt Virtual Set with Livestreaming

We’re Livestreaming Experts
We’re already on our second generation of Livestreaming hardware, and have invested in the tools to help productions switch and stream from multiple video sources. We can stream out of Video Village which gives us no end of video input options— including SDI, HDMI, and USB inputs, as well as, any content from the host computer (like PowerPoint, graphics, and web content). We can stream simultaneously to multiple platforms while recording H.264 output (compression alrorithm). Our portable Livestreaming system is also easy to take on the road with its small form factor.

Cobalt Livestreaming Tech

We strive to empower our clients with the tools and support they need to produce great work—under any circumstances. Problem-solving in a pandemic is challenging for everyone, but we’re here to deliver solutions. We’re committed to being the partner you need, right now, so reach out anytime, and let us know how we can help.

Cobalt Main Stage = 12,000 sq ft

Safe Shoot Strategies in Action.

Cheers to another successful safe shoot with John Oliver.

To the Tri-State production community:
Thank you for keeping us informed and occupied, now and always! We’re proud of the way everyone is helping curb the spread of coronavirus. Knowledge is power, so here are some practical ways we’re making it work for our clients.

Expanded Livestreaming
We’ve offered Livestreaming for years, and our clients have used it mostly to communicate with decision-makers who can’t make the trip to the studio. Now, we’re offering Livestreaming, gratis, for bookings made until June 21st, and we’re recommending it as a way to connect with any one who isn’t essential on set. Collaborators can literally keep tabs on production by keeping a tab open on their computer with continuous HD quality footage delivered in real-time.

Space to Spread Out
With crew sizes of 10 people max, our 12,000 sq. ft. facility allows everyone to have their own nook and cranny. 12,000 sq ft divided by 10 people. Do the math! Our two locations and production support spaces are here to enable social distancing. Located three blocks from our studio, The Hoboken House is our fully-furnished, sun-drenched 2000 sq. ft. Carriage House that can also be used for extra space if need be.

Virtual Sets, Infinite Possibilities
Cobalt’s Virtual Backlot is a unique resource on the East Coast— letting you set a scene anywhere you can imagine—without even leaving our studio. Our advisory team is always on hand to help you take advantage of high tech social distancing tools like V Set, Livestreaming, and Video Village.

We do “Safe Shoots”
At Cobalt, nonessential personnel are working from home, and we are disinfecting our spaces and equipment for everyone’s protection. Because high tech is our way of life, we also use Ozone Air Purification between shoot days to cleanse our facilities of viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Dr. Mercola and many others support ozone therapy during the COVID-19 crisis.

Read this link and see for yourself.

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Shooting Safely: Coronavirus Fast Facts and Tools

Virus 101
Viruses are not alive, so we can’t use antibiotics to kill them. Instead, we can inactiveate the viruses, so our cells are no longer susceptible to infection. We can also boost our immune systems with lifestyle and supplements.

Immunity Boosters
Ascorbate based vitamin C (for higher doses), zinc (if you think you've been exposed), elderberry (as a preventative), and reishi and agarikon mushrooms are all-natural immune boosters (and then some!). It also helps to get enough sleep and exercise, as well as eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Why is this coronavirus so contagious?
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has protein spikes that stick out on all sides, making it very effective at bonding to our human cells. Reishi supplements can deter bonding between our cells and the virus.

How is it transmitted?
Coronavirus is spread primarily through physical contact like a handshake or in the form of airborne droplets from a cough, sneeze, or shared air. That’s why handwashing and physical distance are key.

How long is the virus 'active'?
Studies suggest that it can remain viable in the air for 2-3 hours, on cardboard for 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel for up to 3 days.

How can we destroy it?
First - soap and water, folks. Also, used correctly, ozone air purification and 3% hydrogen peroxide are effective in destroying the coronavirus. Other easy, but effective, home disinfectants also include 10% malt vinegar and distilled white vinegar in combination with 3% hydrogen peroxide.

Ozone Air Purification
We run an ozone machine between shoots to purify the air. Ozone, otherwise known as O3, is very effective in destroying bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Routinely used in Europe, ozone air purification destroys viruses by diffusing through the protein coat into the nucleic acid core, damaging the viral RNA.

High Tech Protection
Our Virtual Sets let you set a scene anywhere you can imagine—without leaving our studio. Our Livestreaming services let your clients and collaborators weigh in from home, without missing a beat. We now offer Livestreaming free to all productions that book our soundstage through June 21st, 2020.

Taking Care of Our Team
Much of Team Cobalt is working from home with only essential individuals to keep crew size small. Everyone is trained in hygienic "safe shooting" best practices at the top of each day. We sterilize equipment and surfaces at the end of each shoot.

We’re always here to help you shoot safely.
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Disclaimer: Kara Vedder is not a doctor and is in no way providing medical advice or suggestions of any kind whatsoever. Please, contact your health care provider regarding adding any supplements or changes to your diet, exercise or life choices. Cobalt content and is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of a physician. Our intent is to demonstrate that we are a health & safety conscious company.