Main Picture: (L to R) actors Grace Sullivan, Saksham Sharma, Bernard Curry, Liam Neeson, VicScreen CEO Caroline Pitcher, Producer Al Corley, actor Fan Bingbing, Docklands Studios Melbourne chair Louisa Coppel, Producer Bart Rosenblatt. (Photo credit: Daniel Mahon)

The Hollywood veteran was at Docklands in February to film his Himalayan blockbuster Ice Road 2: Road to the Sky in the LED volume stages operated by NantStudios.

Speaking to reporters during a break in filming, Neeson described the stages as ‘amazing’ and added it was ‘great to be back’ in Melbourne (in 2020 he was in the city to film Blacklight).

For Road to the Sky the LED volumes displayed vision pre-shot in Nepal and in the rustic hamlet of Walhalla east of Melbourne, which was transformed into a Nepalese village for the production.

Image by Dan Mahon for VicScreen

Producers Al Corley and Bart Rosenblatt described the volume screen technology as ‘truly world-class’ and said filming in Victoria was ‘a great experience’.

Contributing to both Victoria’s screen industry and the local economy, the production is injecting over $30 million into the state and creating nearly 600 employment opportunities, for screen practitioners and extras, with 15 locals taking on Head of Department roles.

Ice Road 2: Road to The Sky is a Code Entertainment/Shivhans/EMA production.

Image by Dan Mahon (L to R: Amelia Bishop, Saksham Sharma, Grace O’Sullivan, Bernard Curry)