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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

World Class TV and Film Studio in Hobart -

World Class TV and Film Studio in Hobart - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings today opened the first stage of a new world class film and television studio in Hobart that will be used over the next 12 months to film a national TV series.

?The studio, run by Screen Tasmania, will provide a valuable resource for the local, interstate and international screen industry,? Ms Giddings said today.

?We believe the well equipped facility will attract interstate and overseas producers and encourage people to create films and TV programs in the state.

?When completed the studio will be among the best in Australia in terms of the quality of its fit out and the facilities.

?The air conditioning, sound insulation, lighting, floor space, technical features, dressing rooms, storage, make up and wardrobe facilities will be second to none.

?The floor has been precisely levelled to allow for smooth camera movements, there is a lighting grid supported from the roof and a large curved wall has been built, which is especially useful for creating digital backgrounds,? Ms Giddings said.

?The ABC TV series The Collectors has been moved to prime time next year and filming on the series started today at the new studio.

?The studio will be available for general hire from May next year, when stage two of the development has been completed,? she said.

?Also local advertising producers will be able to walk into a purpose built studio when previously they had to improvise for any substantial shoot.

?I have a particular vision of seeing Tasmania become renown for its creativity.

?Our screen industry is a key component of that vision and this new studio is an important initiative towards achieving that vision.

?The studio is another key initiative in the Government?s goal of developing and growing the film industry in Tasmania,? Ms Giddings said.

Ms Giddings thanked Fox Studios in Sydney for a very generous donation.

?Project team member and Moulin Rouge producer Martin Brown, through his contacts at Fox Studios, secured the substantial donation of 21 fully motorised lighting battens which Fox had installed in one of its television studios but rarely used,? Ms Giddings said.

Ms Giddings said the studio was the latest addition to the Technopark which had seen substantial growth in the number of new companies and activities over the last 12 months.


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