TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan celebrated the official opening of the new Central Taiwan Film Studios (中台灣影視基地) in Taichung's Wufeng District (霧峰區) on Monday (July 22).
The impressive film studio complex covers over three hectares and cost about NT$793 million (US$25.5 million). It includes three spacious indoor studios, a large hydraulic platform, and a seven-meter deep pool that was originally created for the award-winning Life of Pi film.
Famous Taiwanese Director Ang Lee (李安), who directed Life of Pi, expressed enthusiasm for the opening of the new film studio in central Taiwan. “I really hope that this new home for movies can be a great studio for films from Taiwan and other places,” said Lee, as reported by RTI.
The new film studio will greatly enhance movie-making capabilities in Taiwan. International companies the world over will also be able to make use of it, thereby raising Taiwan’s profile in the global entertainment industry.
The project broke ground on Oct. 20, 2016 and was originally expected to be completed by mid-2018. After several delays and going some NT$10 million (US$320,000) over budget, the studio finally opened a year later than anticipated, reports LTN.
In the next phase of operations, the studio and the Taichung Film Development Foundation have each been granted a budget of about NT$30 million (US$965,000). The funds will assist in organizing production teams, film crews, and related expenses in the hopes that the studio will become a new hub of talent and creativity to boost the entertainment industry in Taiwan in the next few years.
Central Taiwan Film Studios wave pool (CNA photo)