Sol Gate Studios




Narrative storytelling is at the heart of everything Sol Gate Studios produces, from music videos to full-length feature films.


Sol Gate Studios also produces non-fiction documentary content for theatrical or television distribution.


Sol Gate Studios offers commercial production services for branding, product advertising and corporate videos.


Sol Gate Studios is the home base of photographer Martin Backhauss, who specializes in fashion, portraiture and event photography.

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The Sol Gate Studios Produced Documentary UNTAPPED Premiere in San Rafael, CA

Sol Gate Studios was thrilled to host the recent premiere of our feature documentary UNTAPPED at the 32 Ten Studios in San Rafael, CA. In attendance were the subjects of the film including Richard Unger, one of the foremost experts on hand analysis in the world, as well as local hand analysts Diana “Dee” Dumont […]


Sol Gate Studio’s found the hidden gem of the uptown district of Oakland during their new project Hotels, Hangouts and Hideaways. Make Westing has taken uptown Oakland to another level as this establishment absolutely checks off every happy hour qualification for the Hideaways segment of the show. The name “Make Westing” comes from a short […]

“Hotels, Hangouts and Hideways” is featuring Le Meridien’s bar “Bar333″ in San Francisco, California

In this episode of Sol Gate Studio’s new project Hotels, Hangouts and Hideaways host Sean Beaty checked out the Le Méridien San Francisco, a luxury hotel located in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District. Le Méridien San Francisco boasts one of the newest and hippest bars with an amazing happy hour called Bar 333. Upon walking […]

Sean Beaty’s new show “Hotels, Hangouts and Hideways” is featuring “Skool” restaurant in San Francisco, California

In this episode of Hotels, Hangouts & Hideways host Sean Beaty features “Skool” in San Francisco. Not only is San Francisco’s design district the place for businesses to find their custom interior designs but there’s a happy hour that hits the mark on a customized menu of beverages and cuisine.  Sit back and relax with […]

Neverland Incorporation

Sol Gate Studios is thrilled to officially announce the incorporation of Neverland Productions. What initially was just a partnership on a joint-production quickly developed into a dynamic and efficient team of like-minded individuals who wished to continue their collaboration indefinitely. This merger not only expands Sol Gate’s ability to provide unparalleled service, but also comes […]

Saint Tiimbre “U”

Saint Tiimbre is a music collective which was formed through the San Francisco’s Popscene circuit and have since become an official group. Frontmen Natasha Adorlee and Benjamin Falik create an innovative future-facing beatscape glossed with a wide array of beautiful vocal melodies and live instruments, while the third member, Amp Live, compliments their production by […]

Behind the Scenes of Oriel Poole’s Press Kit Shoot with Martin Backhauss

On July 18, 2013, photographer Martin Backhauss shot vocalist Oriel Poole at Sol Gate Studios. The images will be and were used for her press kit and Kickstarter Campaign. By now the Kickstarter Campaign ended successfully and Oriel got funding for her new EP/LP. Besides photographer Martin Backhauss the creative team was made up of photographer’s […]


When asked about the “Westend” music video director Kyle Henry said “Ashley has been one of my frequent collaborators. We’ve worked on multiple music videos and video projects together. She’s an amazing artist and an even more amazing person. This was the second music video that I directed for Ashley. When she originally approached me […]

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Our studio hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9am till 6pm.

Sol Gate Studios is located between downtown Oakland and Emeryville.
We are accessible by BART/Taxi, and a quick 15 minute drive from San Francisco and from Oakland Airport, and we have direct access to all major freeways. All major hotels that serve Oakland and Emeryville are just a 5 minute drive, and we have ample street parking.

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