A visit to the Gold Coast wouldn’t be complete without checking out Australia’s most popular theme park, Movie World. Known as “Hollywood on the Gold Coast” but what many people don’t realise is that next to Movie World is a real active Studio.
The Studio is one of three major studios in Australia. The Gold Coast studio is owned by Village Roadshow and consists of nine sound stages, three water tanks, including Australia’s largest purpose-built water tank. It also has many more facilities to ensure it can film both small independent productions, to huge Blockbusters part of both the DC and Marvel Universe.
When you start to look into the Studio you begin to realise why there is such a huge emphasis on Scooby Doo in the Park. The studio was the filming location to two of the Scooby Doo Films both the 2002 and 2004 films starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jnr.
Whilst they are separate entities there is obviously some good cross-promotion that goes on.
When you drive around the Hinterland and beaches liked the Spit you can see why any Films and TV shows are filmed on the Gold Coast.
The other two studios are located in Melbourne, the Dockland studios Melbourne, And Sydney’s Fox studio, however, Village Roadshow studio is the largest studio lot in the Southern Hemisphere with the stages having an overall size of roughly 156775 sq ft.
Recently the Village Roadshow studio was utilised to film the Blockbuster film, Aquaman starring Jason Momoa. If you are lucky enough to go into Movie World at the moment there is a fantastic display with Props, Costumes and Set pieces from the Film.
We had such a great time looking through all the memorabilia and decided to put together a list of some of the more notable Films and TV shows filmed at Village Roadshow Studios.
- Scooby Doo
- Scooby Doo 2
- Pitch Black
- Peter Pan
- Nim’s Island
- The Marine
- House of Wax
- Ghost Ship
- Fools Gold
- Beauty and the Beast (Australian Movie)
- Crocodile Dundee in LA
- The Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
- San Andreas
- Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead men tell no tales.
- Thor Ragnarok
- Godzilla vs Kong
- Dora the Explorer (Live action Movie) to be released in 2019
- 20,000 Leagues under the sea (Tv Mini-Series)
- Animalia (Animated series)
- Beast Master (Tv)
- Paradise Beach (TV)
- H2O Just add Water (TV)
- Sea Patrol 2 (TV)
- Terra Nova (TV)
These are just a few of the Movies and TV Shows that have been filmed there with many more to be filmed there in the future.
Did you realise that some of Hollywood’s biggest shows were filmed in Australia?
We love movies and movie sets and were lucky to visit Kualoa Ranch in Oahu, the location of Jurassic Park and many more famous movies.
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