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Studio Babelsberg in Germany builds film sets

Studio Babelsberg near Berlin in Germany has started building four new street sets as part of a major expansion of its backlot facilities.

The sets are collectively being called Neue Berliner Straße – or ‘New Berlin Road’ – and will be modular in design.

Specific building facades will be moveable to suit filmmakers’ needs and green-screen backings will be available to aid digital background creation. Producers will be able to use the sets as doubles for iconic cities like Paris, London and New York.

Studio Babelsberg laid the foundation stone of the new set at the end of last year and the full construction project will span 15,000 sq m next to the existing Potsdam facility.

“A permanent backlot set is an important component of Babelsberg's appeal as a location and will send out a message to the rest of the world,” said Dr Carl Woebcken, CEO of the studio facility. 

“Taken overall, we are investing over €12m in this project. The Neue Berliner Straße will thrill both German and international film producers and directors, and open up entirely new creative possibilities to the filmmakers for the production of their projects.”

Studio Babelsberg has had a high-profile year hosting big international films like Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, scenes from the closing two chapters of The Hunger Games franchise and a remake of the early-90s cult action movie Point Break (pictured).

In the last few weeks, the studio has called for Germany to overhaul its filming incentive programme to attract more international shoots and help the country compete with its European neighbours.

For more on filming in Germany, see our production guide.

 



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