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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

PassmoreLab Wins Again with 3D Bats Film!

Studio’s "The Extreme Nature of Bats" Wins Best Cinematography at Dark Carnival Film Festival

San Diego, CA (Dec 9, 2010) – San Diego-based 3D Production studio PassmoreLab won another award for their just-released 3D documentary “The Extreme Nature of Bats”, this time getting the win at the Dark Carnival Film Festival in Bloomington, Indiana, for Best Cinematography.

Called the Sundance of horror, Dark Carnival was named one of the top 25 film festivals by MovieMaker Magazine. Hosted by AMC Monstervision’s horror alum & syndicated film critic Joe Bob Briggs, the three-day festival culminated with the awards ceremony, which included 13 different categories. The Best Cinematography category carried 7 competing nominations.

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 was directed by Greg Passmore, president of PassmoreLab, and handled all aspects of 3D production out of San Diego.

“It is truly an honor to accept this award for cinematography,” says Passmore. “Three bat species, four jungles, numerous caves, and five countries later -- it is especially humbling to be recognized for being able to put it all together, and see the support for this film.”

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.
“This film is far from a typical bats documentary, and continues to create a lot of audience interest,” says Steve Glum, PassmoreLab’s head of Branding & Distribution. “It’s thrilling to see that as we ready it for release.”

PassmoreLab’s “The Extreme Nature of Bats” (www.passmorelab.com/bats) is now available for distribution to multiple 3D channels.

About PassmoreLab
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, www.passmorelab.com, or contact Steve Glum 858.200.5813.

About Dark Carnival Film Festival
Dark Carnival's home in Bloomington has a long history as a circus town, going back more than a hundred years. The festival is influenced by the writings of HP Lovecraft and a series of horror short stories by Ray Bradbury, which deal with a demonic fall carnival that rolls into small towns in the dead of night to prey upon the souls of the weak. The carnival theme creates a unique atmosphere for an event that celebrates multiple facets of horror, including live entertainment, music and film. www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com

And the accolades keep piling up! If you get a chance to see this documentary don't waste it - check it out.

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