Melbourne is a very photogenic city, from the river to the CBD to the beach, Melbourne has a varied backdrop for video productions.
Here is a list that we’ve compiled of some of Melbourne’s most iconic and photogenic spots to consider for your next video production.
Abbotsford Convent is home to over 100 studios, two galleries, cafes, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space. It’s a beautiful place to walk to along the Yarra, and has an almost English countryside feel.
The Sun Theatre, Yarraville
One of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the city (as well a good place to watch a movie), the Sun Theatre is a charming boutique cinema that could lend your shoot a period feel, or just provide an interesting filmic backdrop.
The State Library
The State Library is a beautiful piece of architecture that looks amazing both inside and out. It’s a perfect place to sit and read and get away from the chaos of the CBD.
Royal Botanic Gardens
One of Melbourne’s greatest assets, the 36 Hectare Botanic Gardens are a vast oasis in the heart of the city. Featuring many beautiful, unique pockets that offer a diverse backdrop only a few minutes from the CBD.
Queen Victoria Market
The Queen Vic Market is an iconic Melbourne institution. Operating since 1878, it is a reminder of the Melbourne of the past. The Melbourne Night Markets are a popular summer tradition, and the various halls and open-aid fruit sellers have a very cosmopolitan vibe.
Yarra Park, East Melbourne
Home to Melbourne’s sporting cathedral the MCG, Yarra Park is also a beautiful spot to walk through in East Melbourne, with the famous sporting precinct and the beautiful turn of the century homes that line the streets.
St Kilda Pier
One of Melbourne’s most famous beaches, the St Kilda Pier is worth a visit even if you haven’t packed your swimming gear. Providing a great view of Port Phillip Bay, as well as the city behind you, the Pier can give you that iconic Australian look, beaches, palm trees and the city skyline. The locals will point you further down the coast if you are looking for a good swimming beach, but for a video production, St Kilda Pier and foreshore are ideal. You might also get lucky and spot some penguins that are known to nest near the pier.
The Dandenong Ranges
While stretching the definition of “Melbourne,” the Dandenong Ranges are a low mountain range about 35km east of Melbourne. They are home to beautiful ferny forests, quirky villages and a glimpse of Victoria’s rugged high country.
Ryan Spanger is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought-after video production professionals. Ryan founded Dream Engine in 2001, and specializes in helping medium to large corporates, government departments, and the non-proﬁt sector to connect with their audience by using video.
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