Region's first film studio opens it's doors
NICHOLAS Aiton has dreamed about having his own film studio for as long as he has dreamed about making films.
"That would be for the past nine years," he said.
The 24-year-old Maryborough creative took the leap when he opened Fraser Coast's first film studio, Harlequin Films Australia, over the weekend.
"It's nerve-wracking, but most of all exciting at the fact that it has become a reality," he said.
"It is a chance for those interested in the field to get involved and gain experience, be it in front of the camera in the films or behind the scenes helping with production."
One of the pushes that MrAiton had in his journey was meeting award-winning writer and director Chris Sun in 2012.
Mr Sun - who now alternates between the Sunshine Coast and the United States of America - described the studio as the perfect beginning in Mr Aiton's career.
"Most indie film-makers dream of a place like this and he's got it," he said.
"There is a huge potential for the Fraser Coast.
"Even getting a few shots of it in a short film that's entered in an international film competition gains exposure.
"I meet a lot of people who say they want to be a filmmaker, but Nick is actually doing it."
Fraser Coast Mayor Chris Loft found himself in a land of dead bodies, weapons and blood when he went to the studio's opening.
"I have to say, horror is not my scene but it is the talent of creating it that amazes me," he said.
"And what's exciting is now we can say we have a movie studio in our streets."