Lights, camera, action! Docklands’ Sound Stage 6 is open for business

Published: 19 Apr 2022

Docklands Sound Stage 6 Video Transcript

[Delivering for Victoria / Docklands Studios Soundstage 6]

[Vision: Time lapse photography of Docklands Studios Soundstage 6 being constructed]

[Text: The $46 million Sound Stage 6 at Docklands Studio is now open]

[Vision: Time lapse photography of the interior and exterior of Docklands Studios Soundstage 6]

- Vanessa Cern - Production Designer, ‘Run, Rabbit, Run’

[Vision: Views of film being created at Stage 6 and production crews working on set]

I’m so delighted and absolutely pleased that Stage 6 is now going to bring in some incredible international films, and also give Melbourne professionals the opportunity to work and collaborate and grow as an industry.

[Vision: Exterior view of Stage 6 door opening and the interior of the building showing various rooms]

[Text: This first-class venue will attract the biggest local and international screen productions. It is one of the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere]

[Vision: Cross-section view of the interior of the Stage 6 building and the completed exterior. Views from Stage 6 across the Docklands Studios. Aerial view of Stage 6 building]

- Sarah Snook - Actress, ‘Run, Rabbit, Run’

Thanks for having me back and I can’t wait to come back and can’t wait to come back and shoot at Stage 6 ‘cause, you know, that’ll be brilliant now.

[Vision: Exterior views of Stage 6 building and Docklands Studios site]

[Victoria State Government / Delivering for Victoria. Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

An impressive new ‘super’ sound stage is now up and running at Docklands Studios Melbourne (DSM).

Already, it’s sparked interest from producers, actors and cinematographers from around the world.

Sound Stage 6 is a 3,700 square metre stage for film production, featuring a completely soundproof set. The $46 million facility is one of the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.  It will allow major production companies and streaming services to film in Melbourne.

Funded by the Victorian Government, the project commenced in late 2019 and was completed in February 2022.

Stage 6 complements the Victorian Government’s $191.5 million VICSCREEN strategy, an ambitious vision to establish Victoria as a world-leading player for screen, creating career opportunities for the sector. This includes attracting major productions to Melbourne, support for local film, television and games production, and skills development programs.

Bigger and better

Sound Stage 6 increases the Docklands Studios Melbourne’s capacity by 60 per cent.

It is one-and-a-half times larger than the complex’s next biggest stage.

Creative Victoria’s Strategy and Screen Senior Policy Officer Matt Cox said the ‘super stage’ helps Docklands Studios compete with facilities around the world for major international projects.

“While DSM has always been attractive to international and local projects, the new stage allows the studios to attract larger film and premium television projects and increase capacity to support multiple projects at the same time,” he said.

“It is large enough to cater to major projects and the most ambitious of film and television production requirements.”

The sheer size and versatility of Sound Stage 6 allows filmmakers to dream big. It even offers a huge 900,000 litre, 4.5-metre-deep tank to shoot underwater scenes.

It is also sustainable. 30,000 square metres of acoustic panels in the walls and ceiling are made from more than 300 tonnes of waste straw purchased from Victorian farmers. These were manufactured installed by local company Durra Panel, which also worked on the Melbourne Park Redevelopment project.

A separate three-storey building houses studio operations and production offices, plus a makeup room, green rooms and audition spaces.

Attracting the stars of the screen

In the last few years, Docklands Studios has hosted major productions, including Netflix series Clickbait, NBCU’s La Brea and the television adaption of Shantaram for Paramount Television.

The first production to film on the new stage is Robbie Williams’ biopic Better Man, which is expected to create 2,000 jobs for Victorians and inject up to $107 million into the local economy.

Season two of La Brea, worth $98 million, will also be filmed on the stage.

With global demand for sound stages at an all-time high, Sound Stage 6 is a welcome addition to Melbourne’s offering.

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