Aquatic shooting in Malta
Report in the aquatic shooting studios of Malta, a specialty of the island, and in the alleys of the town of M'dina, which can equally portray an old European or Arab town.
It was in 1963 that the first "open air studios" began filming in Malta, becoming Mediterranean Film Studios in 1978.
The town of Rinella, on the east coast of the island, has seen two exterior basins built, at the behest of the British Jim Hole, a specialist in special effects, allowing the filming of aquatic and underwater scenes. The illusion of immensity is perfected there, thanks to the presence of a natural decor backdrop that's made up of the Mediterranean horizon. By watching such films as Cutthroat Island (Renny Harlin, 1995), U-571 (Jonathan Mostow, 2000), Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatre (2001) or Pinocchio (Roberto Benigni, 2002).
The natural decor of the island itself, in particular the fortified city of Mdina, allows for several feature films, the unexpected Midnight Express (Alan Parker, 1978) or Popeye (Robert Altman, 1980) to traditional epics such as Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000) and Troy (Wolfgang Petersen, 2004). The Malta Film Commission has managed filming here since 1999.