Happy Birthday: 110 Years Studio Babelsberg

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On February 12, 2022, Studio Babelsberg celebrated its 110th anniversary and we at MediaTech Hub Potsdam celebrate the oldest film studio in the world.

Film history was written in Babelsberg and today the studio continues to set standards in the production of German and international films and series. Thanks to state-of-the-art studio and production technologies, Babelsberg is recognized worldwide as a driver of innovation in the field of film production.

In the last 20 years, Studio Babelsberg productions received 48 nominations at the Academy Awards and were awarded a total of 15 Oscars in various categories. GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL won four of them, as well as THE PIANIST, THE FAKE, THE PREVIOUS READER and BRIDGE OF SPIES.

As a central part of the Babelsberg media location and the MediaTech Hub Potsdam, the studio is always a pioneer for new technological developments. In 2018, for example, the Volucap, the first volumetric studio on the European mainland, is being built with the participation of Studio Babelsberg. The circular studio, equipped with 32 high-resolution cameras, enables innovative VR and AR projects. In 2021, the DARK BAY Virtual Production Studio will open on the site, a collaboration between DARK WAYS and Studio Babelsberg. It is one of the largest, permanently installed LED studios for virtual film productions in Europe. Instead of the previous green/blue screen process, digital backgrounds can now be created in advance as a 3D world and displayed on the LED wall in real time for filming. The Netflix series 1899 is the first project to be realized here.

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