Feb 1, 2013 1:44 PM by Dan Shadwell

Groundbreaking 3D surf film wows audiences at SBIFF

We're heading into the last weekend of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and along with the stars walking the red carpet--Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Quentin Tarantino, etc., etc. there's been a spectacular variety of films to digest.
One of those--a ground-breaking documentary--is the first surf film ever shot in 3D. Despite the difficulties in that type of production, the filmmakers went for it,... chasing monster waves approaching 100 feet high!
The film follows two of Australia's greatest surfers-- two time world surfing champion Tom Carroll--and big wave pioneer Ross Clarke-Jones, who's maneuvered 80-90 foot waves--some of the biggest ever.
Shooting "Storm Surfers 3D" required inventing new miniature 3D cameras that could be mounted on different platforms... watercraft, helicopters, surf boards, and on the surfers themselves. Then they had to figure out how to keep the lenses dry under immense pressure and crushing wipeouts.
Then there was the challenge of hunting down the monster waves, getting into position, riding that surf, and escaping alive.
"Storm Surfers 3D" screens Sunday afternoon at 4:20 at the Metro 2.
It's located at 618 State Street in Santa Barbara--and in case you miss that screening, X-Lrator media will release the film nationwide this coming summer.
For more information on "Storm Surfers" and all of other films screening this weekend at SBIFF, just click on "links" at ksby.com.



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