KFTV underwater filming report
Part Three: Water Tank Installations
Here we present some of the main water reservoirs in the world….
Lites Water Stage and Film Studios (Belgium)
Location: Fabrieksstraat 81, 1800 Vilvoorde, (Brussels) Belgium
- 6,000,000 liters of hot water: standard 30°C
- Tank measurement: 24 mx 21 m
- Reservoir depth: 9m, maximum depth: 10m when flooding studio floor
- Waves up to 1m high in the tank
- Movable pool floor for dry construction – up to 20 tons together can be submerged up to 8 m, can be fixed at different depths
- Two overhead cranes with 4 hoists can lift 25 T
- Double lighting grid: 500 kg of trolleys + 2 attachment points every 6 m
- Crystal clear water and different water aesthetics
- A qualified film crew, divers and the latest equipment available
Credits: Babtiste, Estonia, State of Happiness, The Swimmers, Luther film
Contact: Wim Michiels, [email protected] / Tel: +32 2 253 66 00 / Mobile: +32 475 24 48 77 / https://www.litesstudios.com/
Malta Film Studios (Malta)
Location: St Rocco Street, Kalkara, KKR 9062, Malta
- Malta Film Studios (MFS) has two large outdoor water tanks with an endless horizon and a heated outdoor freshwater tank.
- Provides a range of SFX gear to create controlled storm sequences.
- Shallow tank: 91m x 122m x 1.8m deep with 4m in the center. About. filling time: 10 hours; About. emptying time: 6 hours
- Deep “concave” tank: 90 m in diameter up to 49 m. Depth of 11m; About. filling time: 12h / emptying time: 8h
- Insertion tank: 15m x 9m x 3.6m deep; About. filling time: 8 hours with soft water
Credits: The Last Voyage of Demeter, Foundation, Das Boot, Deep Fear
Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios (Dominican Republic)
Location: Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios – North Lot, Autovía del Este Km 55, San Pedro de Macorís, DR
- An eight-acre water filming facility with infinity sea views, professional diving and marine assistance.
- Features a 60,500 square foot horizon water tank with a 4,300 square foot inner tank and blue screen capabilities.
Credits: The lost city, old man, 47 meters below and xXx: The Return of Alex Cage
Paramount Blue Sky Tank (Los Angeles, California)
Location: Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038
- Capable of delivering a variety of water settings, from beaches and open oceans to mossy ponds and giant reflection pools.
- Overall dimensions: 176′ x 195
- water capacity: 914, 023 gallons
Credits: The offer
Contact: [email protected]
Nu Boyana underwater scene (Bulgaria)
Location: 84 Kumata Street, Cinema Center Boyana, 1616 Sofia, Bulgaria
- 20m x 20x 20m x 6m deep
- Volume of 2,400 m3
- Ability to heat to 33c degrees
- Floor space of 5 meters around the tank with a 10 ton overhead crane
- Three large access doors
- LED lighting, VFX screens, wave generators and state-of-the-art tanks
- The facility is managed by Dive/Marine Coordinator Ian Creed with over 18 years experience in on-water film and commercials
Credits: Aquatic life, 47m below, Star Wars, The Hitman‘s Bodyguard, Rambo and fracture surface
Pinewood Studios Underwater Stage (Buckinghamshire, UK)
Location: Underwater Stage, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0NH
- Underwater shooting scene in the studio, permanently filled
- Tank dimensions: 20m x 10m x 6m deep
- Tank capacity: 1,200,000 liters
- Water temperature maintained at 30 degrees C (87 degrees F)
- Diving Services UK, specialist film and TV dive coordinators, manage the installation and provide advice and training.
Credits:The Batman, no time to die, Jurassic World: DominionJack Ryan, Money Heist, Midsummer murders.
Universal Studios Underwater Tank (California, USA)
Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
- The diameter of the reservoir is , the depth is 14.5 feet, the water level is 13 feet. Deep
- 5 windows of approximately 2pix4ft. at different heights around the tank.
- Walkway that runs around the perimeter of the tank at the top.
- The temperature can be maintained in the high 90s all year round.
Credits:Ted 2, Jaws
Water tank Studio Babelsberg (Germany)
Location: Studio Babelsberg AG, August-Bebel-Str. 26-53 14482 Potsdam, Germany
- Studio Babelsberg offers Germany’s largest indoor water tank for underwater and underwater filming, with a capacity of 500,000 l at 4 m depth. The water tank can be used for film, television and commercial productions of any size and complexity.
- Dimensions: 11x12x4.2m, max. water depth 4m
- Walkway/walkway around tank
- Green screen on demand
- Permanent heating installation up to 33°C (91.4°F) water temperature
- Expert electricians and qualified camera crews on request
Credits: Uncharted, The Matrix Resurrections, Fabian, Charlie’s Angels, The French Dispatch, Isle of Dogs, Captain America – Civil War
Contact: Eike Wolf, Rental & Marketing Director, [email protected] / Tel: +49 331 721 21 07
Village Road Show (Gold Coast Australia)
Location: Village Roadshow Studios, Entertainment Road, Oxenford QLD 4210
- Stage 5 Reservoir (area 312,000 US gallons – 1.2 million litres) equipped with a spillway wall and a recirculation pump to create an artificial horizon. A floor can be installed by a production if necessary.
- Outer round tank (area 286,000 US gallons – 1.1 m liters) designed for underwater filming.
- Main tank (area 1,200 m2 – 12,915 sq ft) the largest purpose-built film water tank in Australia.
Credits: Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Aquaman, Thor: Ragnorok, Kong: Skull Island
Contact: Lynne Benzie, Studio President, +61 (07) 5585 9666 / https://villageroadshowstudios.com.au/contact
Leavesden Warner Bros. Outdoor Tank Top Studios (UK)
Location: Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios, Warner Drive, Leavesden, Hertfordshire, WD25 7LP
- Dimensions: length, 2 m, width, 76.2 m, depth, 1.23 m
- Reservoir size: 5,806 m², volume: 7,142 m
- Capacity: 449,671 liters (100% full), fill time 10 days (estimate), empty time 6 days (estimate)
Credits: Spider-Man: Far From Home, Fast and Furious 9
Studio Watervisions and underwater production, housings, lights and crew (Vancouver, Canada)
Location: 421 English Bluff Road, Tsawwassen, BC V4M 2M9
- Facilities include a tank for shooting underwater and above water. Provides 125W Pocket Par – an underwater light that can be turned on in or out of water.
- green room
- The crews that serve as dive technicians and underwater camera operators are certified commercial divers.
Credits: Crem De La Mer, Pilgrims, X Files, Jumanji, Free Willy 3
Acton Water Stage and Dive Services (Los Angeles, USA)
Location: 32740 Wisconsin St Acton, CA 93510
- Pool/Tank: 42 feet long and 24 feet wide and measures 16 feet at the deep end and 4 feet deep at the shallow end.
- Platform or stage fittings: 18x7m, 9x3m and 12mx2m for a total area of approx. 2100 square feet
- Acton Scuba Services provides waterproof support to the film and television production industry.
- Recessed ties are built into the walls and bottom for underwater lighting equipment and there is ample deck space for generators, cranes and rigging, lighting etc.
Contact: Robert Trussel, owner, [email protected]