Floodable stage in Oz sound idea

Removeable floor adapts for dry use

SYDNEY — This city’s attraction for offshore filmmakers will grow with the construction of the country’s first floodable soundstage, due to open in July.

Sunrise Studios will provide the wet stage and tank as well as equipment and technical expertise for underwater filming.

The Sunrise principals are Greg Timms, a certified safety diver and dive supervisor who has 18 years’ experience in the film and TV industries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia, and Simon Kerslake who has worked in the industry for more than 20 years, including 10 years in England running a film and TV rental facility.

Timms says the floodable soundstage will complement the Fox Studios in Sydney and the Serenity Cove Studios being built at Kurnell, south of Sydney.

Hollywood-based Pete Romano will establish a branch of his company Hydroflex at Sunrise, supplying underwater cameras and lighting equipment for feature films and commercials. Romano, who has worked on “Pearl Harbor,” “The Abyss” and “Waterworld,” will be technical adviser to Sunrise.

Sunrise’s stage will have a removable floor so it can be adapted for dry use. The complex will also have office space, production facilities and storage and workshop areas.

Timms plans to add a second stage and two more tanks as soon as market demand warrants.

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