Principal photography for Bait, Singapore’s first stereoscopic 3D film, kicks off in July at Warner Roadshow Studios in Australia’s Gold Coast. This was announced by Arclight Films yesterday at Cannes. Written by Russell Mulchay and Shayne Armstrong & S.P.Krause
Written and directed by Russell Mulcahy (Resident Evil: Extinction), Bait is produced by Australia’s Arclight Films, Story Bridge Films and Pictures In Paradise as well as Singapore’s Blackmagic Design. It is supported by the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) through its International Film Fund, and in Australia by Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.
The action thriller is set in a sleepy Gold Coast seaside town, which is hit by a freak tsunami that traps dozens of shoppers and tourists in a flooded underground supermarket and car park filled with hungry tiger sharks.
Bait is also the first official Australia-Singapore co-production under the Australia-Singapore Co-production Treaty signed in 2007. Singapore’s 3D specialist Widescreen Media will provide 3D expertise for the filming while Blackmagic Design will manage the post-production and visual effects. The film has been pre-sold to over 24 territories.
Dr Christopher Chia, Chief Executive Officer, MDA, said: “Bait is progressing as planned with pre-visualisation and preliminary tests well underway and cast selection in the midst of confirmation. Our support for this film reaffirms our commitment to produce more stereoscopic 3D projects for the world’s audience. We are very pleased that this is the first co-production with Australia and see this as a catalyst to more such projects.”
“We are thrilled to be working with the MDA in Singapore. They are invaluable partners along with Blackmagic Design and Widescreen Media, who are leading the Asian development in 3D stereoscopic technology,” said Mr Gary Hamilton, Managing Director, Arclight Films.