We’re Open & Safe

Safe shoots are happening here in Hoboken!

As this eventful year rolls to a close, we’re still doin' it 💥 Thank you all for keeping the Industry alive in this challenging time—we’re honored to support you safely through it. Here are some of the ways you can lean on us.

Shoot in Hoboken
Locked down in NYC? It’s okay - we gotcha. We’re 15 minutes from Midtown with a small-town relaxed vibe and lots of space to spread out.

Leverage The Hoboken House
Our furnished Carriage House is three blocks from our soundstage. Work, shoot, or stay here—OR even use it for offsite wellness screenings. That's what they do.

Benefit from our Safe Shoot Protocols
We thoroughly clean and disinfect everything, and then, run an industrial capacity ozone generator between shoots at no extra cost.

Access Turnkey Tools & Technology
Use our onsite Virtual Backlot, Motion Control Robotics, Livestreaming, Video Village, Lighting, Grip, Distro, camera gear and more.

Use our Breakout Spaces
Fully-networked rooms like our Production Suite, Conference Room, Client Room and Meditation Room to help maximize productivity.

Consult our Virtual Set Experts
As the East Coast's first soundstage to offer Virtual Sets to the public, our team has the in-depth experience to guide you.


New Jersey leads the nation in safe shoots

and Hoboken is closer to midtown than Brooklyn.

If you haven't shot in NJ lately,
there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s talk.


Virtual Set is the Next Normal.

Productions like The Mandalorian are changing the game for how episodics are being created.

The Mandalorian’s interplanetary odyssey is shot on a soundstage using Virtual Set technology.

We can all see that digital transformation isn’t slowing down. To ensure that our Industry keeps pace, everyone needs to make friends with modern digital tools like Virtual Sets. Fortunately, for the East Coast, Cobalt's got it.

Digital Transformation for productions.
Think of the transition from film to video—we couldn’t imagine handy cams taking over, but here we are. We’re great believers in the tried-and-true, BUT there does come a time when NOT innovating becomes the bigger risk than sticking with what you know...

Science in the Service of Art.
With location travel largely off-limits, productions are seeing the silver lining: with our incredible virtual technology, your production can take place anywhere in the universe—past, present, or future. Virtual Sets practically eliminate set costs; they’re environmentally-friendly; and they’ve been around since 1994. So, for early adopters like us, they’re already tried and true. Virtual Sets are already “normal” for audiences. From “Black Panther” to “The Mandalorian”, anywhere you’re seeing imaginative, incredible backgrounds, you’re seeing Virtual Sets in action. And the Fact that you haven’t actually “seen” them PROVES how seamless and photorealistic they are. Virtual Set is everywhere, and you don’t even realize it... That’s the whole point ;)

Experience practical, creative solutions.
If you haven’t yet, now is the time to request a Demo of our Virtual Backlot— the 1st available to the public on the East Coast. While most experts in the field hold their technical expertise close to the vest, we share it openly. Let us show you what’s possible, and answer all your questions. Invest an hour of your time; get up to speed; and walk away with a whole new production toolkit in your repertoire.


New Jersey leads the nation in safe shoots

and Hoboken is closer to midtown than Brooklyn.

If you haven't shot in NJ lately,
there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s talk.


Space to Spread Out

How Productions are Shooting Safely at Cobalt

Spreading out has never been more essential. Here’s what we offer in NJ and how Tri-State productions make the most of it at Cobalt.

Our Standalone Facility
Our highly-controlled boutique space hosts one production at a time, so YOU HAVE THE PLACE ALL TO YOURSELVES - No other productions germs, eek! It’s easy to social distance in our 12,000 square-foot facility with our 20-foot ceilings. And thankfully, Hoboken lends its small-town vibe to help productions feel safe ‘n sound and in control.

What we’re NOT:

An aggregation of many stages with lots of people from different productions in attendance.

Copious Breakout Spaces
Our 7,000 square-foot soundstage is supported by generous, networked breakout spaces that make it easy to social distance, have a private conversation, or just take a breather. Our pandemic-smart clients are using our garage more than ever—mostly as a catering space. Our Production Suite offers a private bathroom with a laundry machine that helps VIPs like Jerry Seinfeld make themselves at home. We also offer a Conference Room, Client Room, Home Ec Kitchen, and Meditation Room. Our Hair and Makeup Balcony has its own entry and stage access which is excellent for staying on top of things while safely getting in character.

What we’re NOT:

One big warehouse that you have to parcel out.

Hoboken and The Hoboken House
Located fifteen minutes from Midtown, our Hoboken town feels a world away from big city traffic and crowds. We also offer Hobo House, a separate 2,000 square foot Carriage House— three blocks from our soundstage where you can shoot, stay, and work. Clients have always made great use of its private courtyard, secure breezeway, and private patio by using these additional spaces for shipping and receiving, food tents, and a talent holding space. Now productions are using it as a clever "health screening stop" where people can drop in, be screened, and make their way over to our Main Stage three blocks away.

What we’re NOT:

Just a soundstage.


New Jersey leads the nation in safe shoots

and Hoboken is closer to midtown than Brooklyn.

If you haven't shot in NJ lately,
there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s talk.


Filming in Hoboken: Safe Shoots with a Small Town Vibe

Aaron Sorkin Filming in Hoboken

Chill Out in "The Mile Square City"

Just fifteen minutes from Midtown, Hoboken's college town vibe feels a world away from big city traffic and crowds. We love coming to work in this laid-back village atmosphere, but our Hoboken home base is also prime real estate for productivity! Getting here is easy. Our Turnkey equipment inventory is second to none for convenience. And NJ's spacious and well-stocked prop shops, grip houses, and suppliers have big old American parking lots for easy drive-up access.

Shoot, Stay and Work at The Hoboken House
The Hoboken House is our sun-drenched 2000 square foot Carriage House, three blocks from our soundstage. This ultra-flexible furnished space has three bedrooms, three full baths, and a modern, Euro-style chef's kitchen. Hobo House's off-the-street private location is protected from the sights and sounds of street traffic by its insulated courtyard, and its secure breezeway enables worry-free shipping and receiving. Clients often set up the private patio as a food tent or talent holding space, too.

The Cobalt Experience
Repeat clients like HBO and Netflix have shared that their VIP’s ask for Cobalt because of our exclusive, social-distance-friendly VIP suite. Throughout our facilities, you'll find flexible, wired workspaces to enhance your team's efficiency, safety, and yes—happiness. And in addition to Video Village, World-Class Livestreaming, Motion Control Robotics, and the East Coast's first Virtual Backlot, you'll find extras like our Spa Trolley, Meditation Room, and cozy furnishings to help you feel good and stay focused.


New Jersey leads the nation in safe shoots

and Hoboken is closer to midtown than Brooklyn.

If you haven't shot in NJ lately,
there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s talk.


What is a Turnkey Soundstage?

Turkey means that all the tools and amenities you need are already here—sanitized and ready to roll.

As a “by-producers, for-producers” soundstage, we understand your need for streamlined processes, practical solutions, and uncompromising value. We believe that the most meaningful way to do that is by being Turnkey. Cobalt’s Turnkey status means that all the most sought after tools and amenities you need are already here—sanitized and ready to roll.

Basic Turnkey

  • Comprehensive Tungsten
  • Lighting Package
  • On-site Grip Gear
  • Overheads
  • Electrical Distro and
  • Dimmer System
  • Flags / Nets
  • Wood Shop
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Tables, Chairs
  • Apple Boxes, Spring
  • Clamps, SandBags
  • Breakout Spaces
  • Client Lounge
  • Craft Service Kitchen
  • Drive-On Soundstage
  • Hair & Makeup Loft
  • Wardrobe Loft w/ hangers, racks, and steamers
  • Spa Trolley
  • Meditation Room
Awesome Additions

  • Virtual Backlot – Virtual Set
  • Video Village
  • Plug-n-Play Facility-Wide Video
  • Motion Control Robotics
  • RED Camera Package
  • Leica Summicron Lens Set
  • Livestreaming Solutions
  • Comprehensive Berkey Rigging Tools
  • Emergency Expendables
  • Hoboken House
  • Home Ec Kitchen
  • Conference Room
  • VIP Suite w/ private bathroom, shower, and laundry

New Jersey leads the nation in safe shoots

and Hoboken is closer to midtown than Brooklyn.

If you haven't shot in NJ lately,
there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s talk.


Look Who's Shooting in New Jersey.

Seinfeld, Sopranos,
an Oscar-contender, and More.

Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
One of many major productions shot in New Jersey, and serious Oscar contender, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin, who won Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Social Network", is perhaps best known for the hit TV series “The West Wing.”

HBO's Long-awaited Sopranos Prequel.
Sopranos prequel "The Many Saints of Newark" is back in New Jersey shooting! To create this historical drama, Branford Place (a street in Newark) was transported back to the 1960s. This included, detailing storefronts, the old Adams Theatre marquee, and the retro neon sign for Hobby's Delicatessen.
Fun fact: A retired Newark police officer served as a technical adviser for the film :)

 

Annnnd Who's Shooting at Cobalt.
In the past year, we've hosted numerous Netflix and HBO comedy productions! Jerry Seinfeld's "23 Hours to Kill" and John Mulaney's "Sack Lunch Bunch" comedy specials both took advantage of our next-level VIP suite and amenities. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" is a repeat client who chooses Cobalt for the convenience and confidence that only our Safe Shoots can deliver. In addition to these comedy shows, our pandemic-smart breakout spaces and vast "space to spread out" has attracted the NFL, the Metropolitan Opera, and a steady stream of commercial productions since we safely re-opened.


New Jersey leads the nation in safe shoots

and Hoboken is closer to midtown than Brooklyn.

If you haven't shot in NJ lately,
there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s talk.


Netflix Back at Cobalt with Jerry Seinfeld

Challenge
For a recent promo shoot with Jerry Seinfeld, Netflix needed a location convenient to NYC, combined with an extraordinary level of comfort, convenience, and privacy. As a repeat Cobalt client, they knew just where to park their production! What they didn’t know yet, was that impromptu creative ideas would come up in the course of the shoot that only Cobalt’s “Swiss Army Knife of Studios” could make happen.

Solution
Cobalt’s VIP rooms and spacious, well-appointed workspaces add a layer of hospitality you won’t find at a bare-bones soundstage. Celebrity talent like Jerry love shooting at Cobalt, where they can take over our separate second-floor production suite—complete with stage views, networked Video Village monitors, and a private bathroom with shower, washer, and dryer. When the production wanted to try out an ambitious last-minute scene (involving Jerry strapped to a table and threatened with a James Bond-style laser beam), Team Cobalt pulled out all the stops to MacGyver a solution on the spot.

Impact
We did more than host a VIP in complete comfort and privacy. With our Turnkey solution, Team Cobalt was able to quickly set up a custom Motion Control rig to move the “laser beam” smoothly and precisely in three directions to show Seinfeld’s character in mortal peril at the hands of a madman. Not only did Cobalt have the mechanical parts and expertise on hand to do the job, but we also had the emergency expendables to make the prop visually convincing. The concept was successfully executed without creative compromises. And nobody was stressed out or sent out shopping in a pandemic — so the vibe onset was fun and productive from start to finish.


New Jersey leads the nation in safe shoots

and Hoboken is closer to midtown than Brooklyn.

If you haven't shot in NJ lately,
there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s talk.


Shooting in New Jersey is Trending

Jerry Seinfeld, Netflix, and the NFL at Cobalt

Cobalt and our New Jersey home base provide a safe and flexible place for productions where VIP talent feels secure and comfortable lol. We're incredibly grateful for the recent opportunities to host repeat client Netflix, their star Jerry Seinfeld, and the NFL here at “Hollywood on the Hudson.”

Hosting VIP Talent at Cobalt
Needing to shoot a promo for Jerry Seinfeld's "23 Hours to Kill" comedy special, repeat client Netflix knew precisely where to find world-class convenience, comfort, security, and privacy. And VIPs like Jerry love taking over our separate 2nd Floor Production Suite—complete with upstairs stage views, hair and makeup areas, networked Video Village monitors, and private bathroom with shower, washer, and dryer. VIPs can also use our private drive-in garage for next-level privacy and security. You can literally roll up, and the gates roll down.
Pretty smooth, huh?

New Jersey is Trending
While hosting Safe Shoots, The Garden State has thankfully avoided imposing a maximum crew size. Cobalt's in-house Livestreaming, Virtual Set, and Remote Camerawork offerings add another layer of convenience and value by making it easy to social distance on set without compromising creativity. NJ's Film and Digital Media Jobs Act also saves productions up to 35% on ABOVE AND BELOW THE LINE expenses, while NY's tax credit is limited to below the line expenses.

We're All in This Together
We're so grateful to the Tri-State production community for adopting NJ’s Safe Shoot guidelines encompassing distancing, sanitizing, mask and glove use, as well as limiting cast and crew on set to only those required. We’re working with a bit more complexity than we're all used to, but we're making it a very functional, great experience and we couldn't do it without you. If you haven't shot in New Jersey lately, there's a lot to catch up on ;)


New Jersey leads the nation in safe shoots

and Hoboken is closer to midtown than Brooklyn.

If you haven't shot in NJ lately, there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s talk.


No Max Crew Size in New Jersey!

Our success hosting larger crews is thanks to You!

Ever-responsive to the Tri-State production community’s needs, New Jersey provides a safe and flexible home for larger productions. Part of NJ’s success in hosting larger crews is thanks to you. Strict adherence to the state’s protocols is a team effort, and we’re not just meeting state requirements—we’re exceeding them! Here's a big thanks to everyone who’s been working within our Safe Shoot guidelines to encompass distancing, sanitizing, mask and glove use, as well as limiting cast and crew on set to only those required. That means anyone who can work remotely should, and our world-class Livestreaming setup is here to help you make that a great experience. However, if you need to be on set, we welcome you (and your social distance smile that radiates whether we can see it through your mask or not :)


How NJ is leading the nation:

New Jersey is responsive to the unique needs of productions.

New Jersey's guidelines are that we adhere to the state’s Safe Shoot protocols, but they kindly don’t specify a maximum crew size.

The Garden State's Film and Digital Media Jobs Act saves productions up to 35% on ABOVE AND BELOW THE LINE expenses. (New York’s tax credit is limited to below the line expenses.)

If you haven't shot in NJ lately,
there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s talk.


New Jersey is leading the nation in safe shoots

and Hoboken is closer to Midtown than Brooklyn.

We want to recognize The New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission for their extraordinary leadership. We always celebrate our Hoboken location for its small-town vibe and for being closer, safer, and more convenient to Midtown than Brooklyn. Now, we want to give a shout out to The Garden State for being the Safe Shoot leader.

How NJ is leading the nation:

New Jersey is responsive to the unique needs of productions.

New Jersey's guidelines are that we adhere to the state’s Safe Shoot protocols, but they kindly don’t specify a maximum crew size.

The Garden State's Film and Digital Media Jobs Act saves productions up to 35% on ABOVE AND BELOW THE LINE expenses. (New York’s tax credit is limited to below the line expenses.)

If you haven't shot in NJ lately,
there’s a lot to catch up on.

Let’s talk.