Reality check as Big Brother takes over Dreamworld
Dreamworld made its ‘Big’ debut on the film and television scene in 2001, becoming the official home of the hit Australian and New Zealand TV series ‘Big Brother’.
Produced by Southern Star Endemol, the fourth series of Big Brother is now in production. The show is filmed, edited, produced and distributed direct from Dreamworld Studios with the Big Brother House located on site at the famous Gold Coast theme park.
To accommodate the show, Dreamworld constructed one of Australia’s largest purpose built multi-media facilities outside Sydney.
A multi-million dollar investment, the studios were designed to handle simultaneous radio, television and live linked productions.
Flexibility is the key with infrastructure for edit suites, internet providers and audio booths plus 250 square metres of office space for staff and crew.
All of this is just metres from the ‘live set’ – an auditorium, seating 1200 guests, where the infamous Big Brother Eviction Shows were staged.
Also linked to the production studios is the 1500 square metre live ‘sound stage’ creating a controlled environment for any production.
For the Big Brother series, the sound stage was transformed into famous ‘share house set’ complete with camera runs and more than 36 live-feed cameras.
Being located in a theme park also has its advantages offering a variety of shooting locations as well as rent-a-crowds and talent on-call.
Following the Big Brother production, Dreamworld hopes to lure other media to the Gold Coast to use the new facility.
From concerts and stage productions to film and multi media, Dreamworld’s Studios are proving to be yet another jewel in the Gold Coast’s film and television crown.
The Big Brother House will re-open at Dreamworld following the 2005 series.