Goddard Group designs Shanghai Bund movie studio and theme park resort

The Goddard Group announced that as part of its new projects in China, it was retained to design the “Shanghai Bund” movie studio and theme park resort.

Set to open in 2016, Shanghai Bund will be located in Hengdian, China, a few hours from Shanghai. Shanghai Bund will be home to several themed rides, shows, and studio tours, designed to transport guests back to The Bund's golden era. These attractions will be based upon classic Chinese motion picture genres and styles.

According to Gary Goddard, CEO/founder of the Goddard Group, this project will re-create The Bund in its pre-war condition, making it a suitable shooting location for a host of motion picture productions. In addition, the design group will also meld other areas of old Shanghai into this attraction, as part of an overall Shanghai studio backlot.

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Goddard Group worked with the Hengdian Studios team to design a backlot that would facilitate shooting within multiple areas simultaneously. When completed, the property will also be able to host a “working studio tour." Instead of separate areas for The Bund’s studio and studio tour – like other movie studio-based theme parks – here, both will be integrated into a single unit, made possible by the specialized placement of key production facilities and filming locations. This unique design will allow the theme park and the studio itself to function simultaneously, each without interrupting the other.

Launched by Gary Goddard in 2002, the Hollywood-based Goddard Group has developed, designed and produced over 40 attractions, including resorts, casinos, theme parks and retail malls, which are currently open or under construction in locations all over the globe. Major Goddard Group clients include Galaxy Macau, Universal Studios, Six Flags, Lotte World, Caesars Palace , Cirque Du Soleil and Melco-Crown.


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