Potsdam, a popular tourist site located about 15 miles from the city center, has served as the Berlin hub for filming in recent years with its Studio Babelsberg. The studio has recently announced that they will build a “modular hybrid set” called the Neue Berliner Straße, or New Berlin Road.An article in The Location Guide covered the building of the studio space and the impact it will have on Berlin.
Studio Babelsberg’s new space will cost over EUR 12 million and will take up 12,000 square metres. “We are competing with film production hubs throughout the world,” Studio Babelsberg head Charlie Woebcken said. “A permanent exterior set was always an important element in Babelsberg’s attractiveness as a location. We will meet the current artistic and technological demands with the Neue Berliner Straße and hope that the new offer will enable us to continue to acquire both German and international TV, advertising and feature film productions.”
The New Berlin Road was designed by Art Department Studio Babelsberg, a subsidiary company. Visual effects supervisors Marc Weigert and Volker Emmerich have also worked to make it a resourceful place for VFX: the classic street facades will be moveable and will be able to be used conjointly with green and blue screen backgrounds.
Woebcken believes that Studio Babelsberg, where the recent The Monuments Men and Grand Budapest Hotel shot, will meet the needs of new technical advancements. “Studio Babelsberg combines myth and modernity. The studio once again does justice to this claim with today’s laying of the foundation stone. The ‘Old Berliner Strasse’ has helped write German film history. Its successor will now meet the established technical standards for film and television production. It is also through such further developments that film and TV formats can remain competitive in the digital age.”