For immediate release: January 28, 2016
Media Contact: Mika Lirette, Publicist
EDMONTON - We are excited to announce that producer Andrew Scholotiuk and director Dylan Pearce have won a Lumiere Award from the Advanced Imaging Society for their outstanding 3D work in 40 Below and Falling.
Scholotiuk and Pearce (recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best director) accepted the 3D Feature Jury Prize for 40 Below and Falling on January 27 at Warner Bros. Studio in Los Angeles. The Lumiere award is a tremendous honour as past recipients include Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee and James Cameron.
“We are thrilled. There is a part of me that still doesn't believe it,” says Scholotiuk.
The film, starring actors Jewel Staite (Firefly, The Killing) and Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil, X-Men), was shot in native 4K 3D across Alberta with an entirely Edmonton crew. This was an extremely complex process that involved using brand new, 3D technology and a rig custom built by Edmonton based startup Transform Grip Gear Ltd, which allowed the crew to shoot in freezing cold temperatures. While many Hollywood films choose not to shoot in native 4K 3D because of the cost and complexity of it, 40 Below and Falling did it on a $1.3 million CAD budget. This is both Scholotiuk and Pearce’s first 3D feature film.
40 Below and Falling tells the story of Kate Carter (Jewel Staite), a small town school teacher who is moving back to the big city for her wedding. When a blizzard strikes, her flight gets cancelled and the roads are shut down, leaving Kate no choice but to hop on the back of a surly stranger named Redford’s (Shawn Roberts) snowmobile. As they battle the winter elements together and their adventures unfold, Kate slowly starts to question the choice she has made about the man she is set to marry.
“A huge thank you to the amazing cast and Alberta crew, their work is the reason behind our success,” says Pearce.
Special thanks to stereographer Dylan Reade and cinematographer Wes Miron for their fantastic work on the film and to Avatar Media for their post-production work. Thank you as well to our Canadian cast that includes, Jewel Staite, Shawn Roberts, Cindy Busby (Unleashing Mr. Darcy, Cedar Cove), Shaun Johnston (Heartland), Mark Meer (Mass Effect 3) and Hollywood trained grizzly bear Whopper from Innisfail, Alberta.
The film is made by producer Andrew Scholotiuk (Baby Blues, I Think I Do), executive producers Darren Arsenault (Baby Blues, I Think I Do), Brad Ferguson, Pierre-Andre Rochat, Roma Roth, Josh Miller and associate producer Jim Dorey. 40 Below and Falling is produced in association with EFF Media Investments and Super Channel, along with the assistance of the Government of Alberta Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit Program and DARO Films.
40 Below and Falling continues to sell around the world with DARO Films and plays in Canada on Super Channel. The film had a sold out screening at the 3D Stereo Media Summit and has been invited to play at the LA 3D film Fest. It has also shown in Germany at 3D Beyond and will be showcased in Paris in 3D. 40 Below and Falling is one of the first romantic adventure/comedies to be shot in both 3D and 2D.
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