The stereoscopic production is a pilot for Deeble & Stone’s forthcoming theatrical film ‘Distant Thunder.’ Set against spectacular Kenyan landscapes the film follows a family of African elephants as they struggle to survive when drought strikes their homeland. Filming took place in Kenya’s Tsavo East and AmboseliNational Parks and features a wide variety of filming techniques, from macro to hand-held gyro-stabilized to scenic time-lapses whilst following the elephant family on their epic journey.
P+S TECHNIK supplied a SI-2K camera, a 3D Standard Mirror rig and a OneBox DIT workstation. Silicon Imaging supplied a SI-3D camera system and a Stereotec side by side rig. Initial post and stereo adjustment was conducted on Iridas Speedgrade at Inition– before finishing post production in Spain at ApuntoLapospo. The sound design and mix were produced by Wounded Buffalo, with original score by Guy Michelmore.
Vicky Stone, producer and director of the pilot commented: “It was a first for wildlife filmmaking and it proved the power of the medium. Digital 3D is so immersive and experiential that it is perfectly suited to natural history story telling. We were delighted that it was possible to achieve so much in such a short time - what started out as ‘proof of concept’ rapidly evolved to become a short film. It was an extraordinary and very successful collaboration.”