Visiting the Set of the Netflix Show, The Exchange

A couple of days ago I got to visit the studios of Beyond Dreams, the entertainment company behind the local Netflix show, The Exchange. I was asked not to reveal the location of the studio but I can describe the location. It’s an old abandoned school that was repurposed as a studio (think Warner Bros or Universal Studios). A large part of the outdoor area of the school was turned into an old Kuwaiti village (used for a different show), while the classrooms around the school were turned into various sets for different shows. I was only given permission to shoot the sets of The Exchange, but I’m going to try and get permission to take pictures of the village set for another post since it looked very realistic and I think would surprise a lot of people that a film set like that exists in Kuwait.

After getting a tour of the studio grounds, we started visiting the different sets of The Exchange. I wasn’t aware they had shot all the home scenes in a studio so I was a bit surprised when I walked into the first set. All the home shots in The Exchange were filmed at this studio location where they built everything down to the very minute details. I was walking around the rooms checking out all the different items on the shelves since there were so many props from the 80s all laid out, many of which wouldn’t be even noticeable on TV but were still there for realism.

I also visited the set of the “Bank of Tomorrow” offices including the conference room where some key parts of the show took place in. I couldn’t visit the set of Hungry Bunny since it was being repurposed for another show, but the main thing I wanted to see anyway was the stock exchange.

I had heard that a stock exchange was built for the show, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought they might have built various small parts of the exchange but not all of it. You should have seen my face when I walked into the hall and realized they had actually built the whole thing including an upper floor. The stock exchange set was HUGE! I tried to capture how big it was with my video so I hope I managed to get the size of it across.

Netflix hasn’t announced a second season of the show but hopefully, it’s going to get another season because it was actually really good. If you haven’t watched the show, it’s currently streaming on Netflix.

6 replies on “Visiting the Set of the Netflix Show, The Exchange”

I genuinely thought they filmed the stock exchange scenes in the Kuwait Stock Exchange, because it looked that convincing to me.

I liked the attention-to-detail in the series to be honest. in the scenes showing the open parking lots, if you look closely at the multi-level storied parking, you’ll notice that it is full of 80s and 70s cars.

The details were amazing, but my only question was the ubiquity of Hungry Bunny. Was it really that popular?

yeah, it was before burger king and mcdonalds opened in kuwait. it was the burger place. but thats the only part of the exchange i didn’t like, they didn’t use the correct hungry bunny logo, they used the hungry bunny world logo which is a different immitation hungry bunny.

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