The Decision to Choose Film Pools is Easy
Save your production time by having your own custom tank - so you can schedule freely.
Save production costs through ease of scheduling and controlled environments - no need to worry about bad weather, cold water or water clarity.
Shoot in a safe and controlled environment - our tanks are designed for film productions and certified and stamped for Seismic standards for California and the EU.
Shoot where you want to shoot - choose a location where there are favourable tax credits in the facility that best suits your needs and budget. Both interior and exterior options are possible.
Schedule easily! No waiting for studios or working around public pool facilities schedules. And bonus - you can train and rehearse in the same location.
Create elaborate and prebuilt sets and get the complex SPX and VFX shots you need to make your feature a winner - sunken sets, cars, boats, planes, waves, current, ice, fire, docks, debris, these and more are all possible.
Work with the experts in underwater production safety.
Save valuable production time and costs by consulting with us early.
We help Producers and Directors make their creative ideas a reality by working with their concepts and storyboards to create a
safe and efficient production plan.
Early consultation is key.
Film Pools Inc. provides portable underwater studios and modular tanks for above and below water, film industry projects for the motion picture industry in North America and beyond. Tanks are engineered to California seismic standards.
Ranging in size from 48 to 138 feet in diameter and depths ranging from 5 - 21 feet, these modular tanks can be delivered anywhere and can be constructed in almost any location.
Construction times vary depending on the size - usually between 2 - 5 days. Your tank can be rehearsal and camera ready in 10 days or less - which means the water will be warm and crystal clear (or murky if that is your project's requirements).
Used by productions for complex shots, often with large set dec pieces and simulating long depths of field and deep water requirements, these tanks are versatile, efficient and an extremely safe alternative to open water options. Custom made green and blue screens and pipe rigging allow for seamless SPX and VFX.
Take a look at some of our recent projects here.
Film Pools Inc. and their team has over 25 years of underwater film and technical experience in the motion picture film industry.
The company works collaboratively with the production team in the pre-production planning process, and manages and coordinates the tank unit during construction and active filming.
Because of the team’s extensive onset experience, they have the keen ability to see the big picture while not losing sight of the smallest details and they are able to organize the steps to avoid expensive mistakes early on in the planning and construction process.
The team brings extensive experience in marine
and underwater coordinating,
dive supervising, safety diving, SPFX diving, underwater gripping, lighting and rigging.
Film Pools Inc. has a combined knowledge and experience of over 450 projects, over many decades.
We take all your pre-production planning off your plate - no headaches - and you get the shots you want - when you want.
Underwater photography sequences and the preparation for them can be complex, and this is where we shine. It all begins early with good planning and careful communication.
We take care of all the logistical aspects of your production, from helping you find the perfect site, permitting and water sourcing to engineering and scheduling considerations.
We take costs into consideration from start to finish to ensure a safe but efficient tank shoot.
It’s all about teamwork and communication - because of our extensive expertise in the technical aspects of film production, we collaborate and communicate with all departments from Props, Costumes, Visual Effects, Special Effects, to Construction, Grips, Lighting and Camera.
Our expertise lies in our ability to break each project into manageable pieces in order to coordinate and balance the complex technical and creative artistic needs of the production from pre-production to shooting day.
Rent our tanks as a basic service. Tank rentals include heaters, pumps and filters and plumbing equipment.
We can arrange green screens, blue screens and underwater rigging/diving gear.
Take a look at Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) here.
Thanks again for all your amazing work on the pilot - the tank days were certainly a thrill for all of us and the results were beautiful! We loved our tank days and Jon was the best (and I'm not just saying that because it was the warmest set we had for the entire shoot!)
Executive Producer (Siren)
Directors of Photography appreciate
the crystal clear water and talent enjoys consistently warm temperatures.
Crew and talent love our tanks!
A 'room' set was sunk into a 75' Tank at the Agridome in Vancouver, BC for underwater scenes for the Deadpool sequel.
A giant rock wall was created for the underwater cave scenes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR_heLevLn8