Film Language Tag: water-effects tank

A large enclosure used to film water scenes in a controlled environment. Outdoor water-effects tanks are often situated at a location where the natural ocean horizon appears behind them and can be incorporated into a shot. Commonly used water tanks include those in Malta and a converted parking lot on the Paramount lot. For The Abyss (1989), an unused nuclear power plant cooling tower was converted into an underwater tank. For Titanic (1997), the world's largest tank facility was built south of Rosarito in Baja California, Mexico. Also studio tank; water tank; wave tank. Kroon, R. W. A/V a to z: An encyclopedic dictionary of media, entertainment and other Audiovisual terms. McFarland, 2014.

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