Storm Surfers 3D in the running for the international 3D award for best documentary

ss13_pagebanner_3dassoc_980x200Breakthrough observational 3D documentary STORM SURFERS 3D has been officially included amongst the nominees for the Best 3D Documentary Award for the 4th International 3D Awards to be held in Los Angeles on February 6th. STORM SURFERS 3D has recently enjoyed a highly successful theatrical release in Australia and was runner up at the Toronto International Film Festival. It will screen at the Santa Barbara Film Festival at the Arlington Theatre on January 27th for its U.S. premiere.

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STORM SURFERS 3D was shot entirely in 3D in some of the wildest weather conditions on earth, deep in the Southern Ocean by a small and dedicated team. They used some 26 cameras to cover the action and story of best buddies Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke Jones as they tackle some of the biggest waves on earth. During production, the team captured the now famous ‘3D Tube Ride’ shots that have wowed audiences around the world on some of the first Go Pro Hero 3D cameras.

STORM SURFERS 3D was shot on a wide range of cameras including the Sony TD300, the Sony TD10 Handycam and the Panasonic 3DA1P. The main rig used for shooting the observational content was a 3ality Technica ‘Dark Country’ beam splitter rig with Silicon Imaging 2K cameras and a Cinedeck recorder. Fujinon lenses were used on a side-by-side rig mounted on two Sony EX3 cameras and stabilised on a Mako Head. In post-production, the team worked with Deluxe using the SGO Mistika on the 3D convergence and geometric correction work. They chose to use Cineform as the master codec with transcoding and the initial convergence pass done through the Neo 3D package. The Autodesk Lustre was used for grading and Smoke was used for finishing.


STORM SURFERS 3D is an epic, character-driven adventure documentary following two best friends on their quest to hunt down and ride the biggest and most dangerous waves in Australia. Aussie tow-surfing legend Ross Clarke-Jones and two-time world champion Tom Carroll enlist the help of meteorologist Ben Matson and together they track and chase giant storms across the Great Southern Ocean. Over one big-wave winter season the team experience the brutal force of Mother Nature, score the waves of a lifetime and come close to death, before embarking on an expedition to surf a mythical wave that has never been ridden. Seventy-five kms from land lays a secret reef known as Turtle Dove Shoal – and so begins a mission far beyond anything they have ever attempted in their lives.


Members of the International 3D Society can vote for STORM SURFERS 3D

If Members of the International 3D Society want to see SURFERS 3D please contact producer
Marcus Gillezeau on
+61 412 278 516

Media enquiries should be directed to Katrina Wan in the USA at
Xlrator Media on
+1 323-240-9996

The project was produced by 6ixty Foot Films in association with Firelight Productions. Partners in the project included 3Net, Red Bull Media House, Deluxe, Screen Australia and Screen NSW.