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‘Mockingjay’ Helps Propel New Paris’ Studios Kremlin Into Limelight

New studio invests in technology, buolds as production facility

Studios Kremlin
Photo by Martin Dale

PARIS — Located in Ivry-sur-Seine, a fast developing pole for film and TV production on the outskirts of Paris, Studios Kremlin occupies a former factory building. It launched in 2014 and immediately shot to prominence as a production base for “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” parts 1 and 2.

In 2015, it received two grants from the CNC to invest in its studio infrastructure, and has recently installed a three-side green screen cyclorama.

Due to being housed in a former industrial building, the studio has a very high ceiling that is extensively used by commercials and music videos that need to use drones inside the studio. The industrial setting also attracts shoots looking for post-industrial decors.

Recent productions include Clovis Cornillac’s “Un Peu Beaucoup Aveuglement », Jean-Patrick Benes’ sci-fi pic  “Arés,” La Danseuse” by Stephanie di Giusto, and TV series “Disney Dance Talents” and “Alcootest.”

The space of Studios Kremlin also houses production services houses, including the French stuntmen’s federation, Lagoon Studio and Moving Motion (a human resources web platform) and four production companies – Epix studio, which concentrates on TV series and shorts, Vue du Phare, for shorts and institutional films, Filmar, which line produces Lebanese productions in France and Yeah Dude, which provides internet content.

“Having production offices on site works very well,” said studio manager Constance Cardon. “Each company brings its own contacts. With our recent technical infrastructure investments, we are now a fully-fledged production studio that remains cost-effective for producers. We can cater for any scale of production – from small shorts to large-scale projects such as ‘The Hunger Games’”.

“When we began operations in 2014 we had ‘Hunger Games’ right at the beginning.  We weren’t expecting it and this gave us major public exposure. During our first eight months of operation, we were fully booked. 2015 was slightly less busy, but with the new tax rebate schemes and a new infrastructures, including the green screen cyclorama, we’re confident that 2016 will be very strong.”