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

Tank specs…

  • 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

Tank Specifications

  • 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

Contact: [email protected] / https://maltafilmcommission.com/malta-film-studios/


Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios (Dominican Republic)

Location: Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios – North Lot, Autovía del Este Km 55, San Pedro de Macorís, DR


Tank Specification…

  • 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

Contact: https://pinewoodgroup.com/studios/pinewood-dominican-republic-studios


Paramount Blue Sky Tank (Los Angeles, California)

Location: Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038


Tank specs…

  • 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


Tank Specification:

  • 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 Hitmans Bodyguard, Rambo and fracture surface

Contact: [email protected] / https://nuboyana.com/contact-nuboyana-film-studios/


Pinewood Studios Underwater Stage (Buckinghamshire, UK)

Location: Underwater Stage, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0NH


Tank specs…

  • 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.

Contact: [email protected] / [email protected] / https://www.divingservicesuk.com/about


Universal Studios Underwater Tank (California, USA)

Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608


Tank Specification…

  • 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

Contact: [email protected] / https://www.universalstudioslot.com/backlot/3428/underwater-tank


Water tank Studio Babelsberg (Germany)

Location: Studio Babelsberg AG, August-Bebel-Str. 26-53 14482 Potsdam, Germany


Tank Specification…

  • 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)
Village Roadshow Studios, Entertainment Road, Oxenford QLD 4210


Tank specs…

  • 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


Tank specs…

  • 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

Contact: [email protected] / https://www.wbsl.com/studios/stages/external-tank/


Studio Watervisions and underwater production, housings, lights and crew (Vancouver, Canada)

Location: 421 English Bluff Road, Tsawwassen, BC V4M 2M9


Tank specs…

  • 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

Contact: Pauline Heaton, owner, [email protected] http://watervisions.weebly.com


Acton Water Stage and Dive Services (Los Angeles, USA)

Location: 32740 Wisconsin St Acton, CA 93510


Tank specs…

  • 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]