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  • New studio opens in Belgium with specialised underwater stage

    The studios’ water stage – which it claims is one of the first of its kind – includes a 21x24 metre tank with a depth of nine metres. It was built for about 40% of the total cost of the studios – about €9.2m (about $10.3m).

    Features within the tank include an infinity unit which allows the creation of an underwater view of the ocean; and two moveable platforms, which can adjust the working depth of the pool. The platforms also allow for a dry set weighing up to 20 tonnes to be constructed above water, and then completely submerged to a required depth. This means the stage can shoot interior flooding scenes, as well as scenes set on water.

    Michiels said, “These effects are not new, but in most cases they are built for one feature film. We have built this to be a standard tool in our studio, so more productions can use it in a more efficient way, because it’s already tested and safe.”

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    Russian film studio Scandinava makes insane effects that will make you think are CGI – but they’re actually all real. Using practical VFX, a robotic arm, miniature models and other gear, these artists make the real objects look like they were animated.

    Scandinava team uses a Kuka robotic arm to provide them with speed and accuracy while shooting. They use real materials to film live action and make it look like CGI. They use scale model miniatures for filming vehicles like tanks, ships or trains. A storm? It’s actually a kiddy pool and a water hose. They also film explosions at 1/16 scale.

  • Scandinava