San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 13, 2010
San Diego-based 3D Production studio PassmoreLab won first place at the Arizona Underground Film Festival for their just-released documentary “The Extreme Nature of Bats”. The studio took home the top prize in the Documentary Short category.
Shot in Texas, Romania, Belize, Africa and Mexico, the film, which explores the truths, myths and dark legends that have stalked the world’s only flying mammal, closely examines three bat species; the free-tailed bat, the megabat, and the infamous vampire bat. It takes an in-depth look at bats as unique and important animals, but because of fear and misconceptions associated with them throughout history, they are also some of the most misunderstood animals in the world.
The 35-minute documentary short was directed by Greg Passmore, president of PassmoreLab, and handled all aspects of 3D production out of San Diego.
“I am delighted that the Festival audience embraced this film,” says Passmore. “We went tens of thousands of miles to get these bats, but it is especially humbling that the film was well-received so close to the home of one of our film’s stars – the free-tailed bat. We actually did much of the filming of this particular bat in the Southwest.”
Using RED camera technology, “The Extreme Nature of Bats” took six months to shoot, due largely to the travel required to capture these bats in their natural habitats, in some of the largest bat caves in the world. Production wrapped earlier this year off the coast of Africa, on a primitive island in the Indian Ocean, netting the crew some never-before-seen-footage of bats.
The Annual Arizona Underground Film Festival is for independent filmmakers and is now in its third year, with screenings in both Tucson and Phoenix. It is Arizona's only premier underground cult film festival.
“The film was created for science centers and museums, and is now ready for distribution,” says Steve Glum, PassmoreLab’s head of Branding & Distribution. “It’s been an incredible journey and we think audiences will very entertained learning about these amazing creatures.”
PassmoreLab’s “The Extreme Nature of Bats” (http://www.passmorelab.com/bats) is now available for distribution to Science Centers and Museums.
Passmorelab, the San Diego-based multi-media production studio that specializes in 3D production and 2D to 3D content conversion, has the world’s largest library of 3D content available for licensing. The studio custom-designs and builds its own RED camera 3D rigs for both conventional and rugged film productions, shooting everything from feature films, television and science documentaries, to underwater diving, extreme sports and cave exploration. State-of-the-art facilities include a full 3D production studio, video/film post-production, optical development lab, and a software development environment. Production includes 2D, 3D, high dynamic range time lapse, stereoscopic microscopy and cutting-edge simulation technologies for real time SFX. Passmorelab’s proprietary technology for 2D to 3D content conversion is known in the industry for quick turnaround times and competitive conversion costs. PassmoreLab has additional offices in Russia and the Philippines. Additional offices in Russia and the Philippines, http://www.passmorelab.com, or contact Steve Glum 858.200.5813.
About Arizona Underground Film Festival
The AZ Underground Film Festival is Arizona's only premier underground cult film festival and is non-profit. Their mission is to showcase the work of filmmakers with defiantly independent visions. The founder and festival director is David Pike. http://www.azundergroundfilmfest.com