Sol Gate Studios




Sol Gate Studios is a full service production company that manages projects from pre-production through post. We also have affiliates that provide lighting and camera rental, graphic design services, photography, professional hair and makeup – As well, we can provide wardrobe specialists, prop suppliers and in house catering.

Post Production

Sol Gate Studios uses cutting edge software, and can provide access to any range of digital filmmaking and still photography equipment. We offer full service, from production to the delivery of the final product.


Sol Gate Studios is also the home base of photographer Martin Backhauss, who specializes in fashion, portraiture and head shot photography. His artistic vision manifests in the inspiring space of Sol Gate Studios and their digital darkroom. Martin’s creative team consists of a hair & makeup, stylists, and wardrobe specialists.

Studio Rental

The 100 year old brick loft includes a dramatic and inspiring shooting area of 800 square feet, within a greater 2000 sq ft space.  The studio consists of a 400 sq ft infinity cyclorama/daylight studio, and 400 sq ft of raw brick and timber, with 22 ft ceilings. The space is also available for hourly and day use.

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Director and Producer Alex Pearce just debuted Claes Cem’s one take music video “You Ain’t Beaten Yet” fully filmed at Sol Gate Studios

  We’ve just debuted Claes Cem’s music video, “You Ain’t Beaten Yet.” As the director and producer, I’d like to give some insight into how the ideas developed as well as some of the greatest moments of the project. Doing an all-in-one take is challenging. The method requires a lot of pre-visualization, creativity, and hustle. […]

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 […]

Sol Gate Studio’s team on set of Elyssium at ILM

The legendary Kerner Studios were responisble for countless breathtaking special effects in major blockbusters as well as commercial productions for over 30 years. Founded in 1977 by George Lucas after his huge success with Star Wars the company quickly set milestones in the history of motion picture and had a leading role in the Special […]

Yogy: “Til My Death Bed”

“When I first heard Yogy’s song “Til’ My Death Bed” I immediately imagined gritty black and white. I didn’t immediately think of the final treatment but I definitely had a look in mind. After listening to the song many times I just allowed my mind to roam free. I factored in my limitations of only […]


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 […]

This romantic comedy is dedicated to all who have been “phantom-limbed.”

How do you escape the lingering memory of someone you’ve lost? This romantic comedy is dedicated to all who have been “phantom-limbed.” San Francisco based filmmaker, Kee Streater Heywood, launched a Kickstarter project on August 16th, 2012, and succeeded in financing his first narrative film, after a history of documentaries. The project was conceived during […]

Sol Gate Studio’s Photographer Martin Backhauss was on set of the blockbuster “Red Tails”

Martin Backhauss is Sol Gate Studios staff photographer and the editor of the soon to be released Sol Gate Studios documentary, UNTAPPED, THE SCIENCE OF HAND ANALYSIS. Last year Martin was hired by Kerner Studios, Executive Producer, Camille Cellucci to be the on set photographer of a major motion picture. When Kerner Studios did specialized […]

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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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