Tsf Recreates Paris on Former Air Base for Movie and TV Shoots

  • Variety
As French outfits move to expand their studio offerings, industry eyes have turned to a 20-hectare stretch of land 20 miles south of Paris. There, in the commune Plessis-Pâté, sits the Tsf Backlot 217, a converted air base that has become one the Gallic industry’s banner initiatives.

One of France’s leading production suppliers, Tsf scoped the onetime military airfield for the 2017 shoot of Jean-Francois Richet’s period thriller, “The Emperor of Paris.” Rather than relocating to Eastern Europe, the film’s design team recreated the cobblestone streets of 19th century Paris on the former base’s two miles of unused tarmac. Delighted with the results, Tsf renamed the base Backlot 217, and opened it for business the following year.

Since then, the backlot has been used for a variety of commercials and period films, with the long stretch of runway recreating the streets of Paris for Roman Polanski’s recent “An Officer and a Spy,
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