Sound Stage Project Boosts Victoria’s Screen Industry

Posted 24 October 2019

Sound Stage Project Boosts Victoria’s Screen Industry

A new giant sound stage and a partnership with Hollywood leader Dick Cook will supercharge Victoria’s screen industry, injecting millions of dollars into the economy and supporting hundreds of new jobs.

Docklands Studios Melbourne (DSM) has announced the construction of a new $46 million sound stage. At 3,700sqm, it will be one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, allowing the studios to attract and host large-scale blockbuster productions while still providing world-class facilities for smaller TV and film projects.

The international production company Dick Cook Studios (DCS) would establish its Asia-Pacific base at DSM, headed by Melbourne-born Managing Director Kate McLean.

Founded by former Walt Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook in 2015, DCS has a pipeline of major family-focused projects in development ­– production will start next year on a film based on adventure book series Ranger’s Apprentice by Australian author John Flanagan.

Also set for production is The Alchemyst, based on the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by famed Irish author Michael Scott. These DCS projects will each inject more than $100 million into Victoria and employ more than 1,500 local people in roles ranging from crew to construction, security and transport services.

In 2018-19 screen projects supported by the Victorian Government generated $251 million and supported more than 8,300 local jobs.

Construction of Docklands Studios’ super sound stage is expected to be completed by late 2021. The five existing sound stages will remain operational while the project is under way.

Image Courtesy: Creative Victoria, Dick Cook and “The Rock”, Dwayne Johnson

 

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