Dubai Studio City Highlights Emirati Filmmaking Heritage through Unique Film Simulation Event

Thursday 27 December 2018
Dubai - MENA Herald:

Dubai Studio City, the region’s leading community for the broadcasting, production and events sectors, transformed its state-of-the-art sound stages to showcase several film sets that highlighted the Emirati filmmaking heritage and culture since the 1950s. Along the sidelines of its UAE National Day activities, the hub hosted guided tours that attracted the attendance of industry experts from the production, entertainment and broadcasting domains.

With the UAE’s Year of Zayed drawing to a close, the two-day event particularly highlighted the inspiring vision of the founding father of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The exclusive initiative also offered an insight into the unique infrastructure, facilities and specs of the sound stages and their ability to launch or scale-up projects, whether in the filmmaking or events arena.

The on-set simulated filming experience leveraged features such as the two tall elephant doors placed at the entrance of the sound stages that could also be transformed into a divider ranging from six- to 30-metres. The catwalk area and two well-designed water tanks with a depth of three-metres were also used as props for the shoot. Specifically, for the purposes of the guided tour, one water tank was converted into the set of a live diving scene filmed using animation and computer-generated imagery (CGI).

As the largest venue in the MENA region of approximately 50,000 square feet, the Dubai Studio City sound stages offer cutting-edge film shooting spaces and event venues with complete sound proofing, noise criterion of 25, and height of almost 16-metres. The ceiling of the sound stages can carry a weight of up to 12 tonnes, with each rigging point weighing 700 kilograms.

Recently, Dubai Studio City offered the sound stages to host the world’s biggest annual book sale, the 10-day Big Bad Wolf, as well as the grand finale of the Arab Hope Makers Award.

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