Because the Korda Studios outside of Budapest is opening their doors to the public on February 8, as an ‘open day’, we thought we would take a moment to detail what this state-of-the-art facility has to offer visiting and local film-makers.
Three years in the making, the full-service studio opened their doors in 2007 to great fanfare. Designed to accommodate productions from the smallest to the largest, Korda has six sound stages on its compound. The flagship Sound Stage 6, is the largest purpose-built sound stage in the world. It comprises a whopping 5,975 square meters, which translates into 64,314 square feet of space. More-over, the stage houses the world’s largest indoor water tank, standing 65 feet high. And for another record: the studio has the largest reconstruction of a New York City street outside of the United States. If you have a look at the embedded video, you will see that not even Spike Lee could complain as to its authentic appearance.
In a recent post, we high-lighted the tremendous effort put into the TV series the Borgias, filmed at Korda Studios. Other major film productions, however, proceeded this and helped build the studio’s reputation at home and abroad. One of the more recognizable films to make use of Korda Studios – and, in fact – Korda’s first major production, was Hell Boy II, written and directed by Academy Award nominee Guillermo del Toro. The set was the largest production ever filmed in Hungary, and over 1,000 workers labored to construct the modern-gothic sets. After filming was completed, many sets were preserved, and are open to visitors at Korda’s adjoining Korda Film Park.
The backers, including Hungarian real estate developer Sándor Demján and Hungarian-born Andrew Vajna (a man whose name is making a regular appearance on this blog) opted to build in the quiet wine-making hamlet of Etyek. The facilities replaced a military base that had been abandoned by the government. Insiders have dubbed the area ‘Etyekwood’, perhaps optimistically, though the huge budget Die Hard 5 will no doubt make use of the studio in its upcoming Budapest-based shoot.
If you can’t make it to Etyek on the 8th, have a look at this somewhat dizzy-making virtual tour, offered by the studio as part of their marketing. Otherwise, see you there!
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