This February, adventure comes from within. From Executive Producer, James Cameron, Comes a 3-D Experience that will take your breath away. The NEW trailer for SANCTUM has just debuted on Apple! Get ready to dive in to the epic underwater adventure that employs 3-D photography techniques James Cameron developed to lens Avatar!
SANCTUM follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?
Please see details on the trailer debut and new photos below.
Watch the NEW trailer for SANCTUM now!
The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea.
Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) has explored the South Pacific's Esa-ala Caves for months. But when his exit is cut off in a flash flood, Frank's team, including 17-year-old son Josh (Rhys Wakefield) and financier Carl Hurley (Ioan Gruffudd)'are forced to radically alter plans. With dwindling supplies, the crew must navigate an underwater labyrinth to make it out. Soon, they are confronted with the unavoidable question: Can they survive, or will they be trapped forever?
Shot on location off the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, Sanctum employs 3-D photography techniques Cameron developed to lens Avatar. Designed to operate in extreme environments, the technology used to shoot the action-thriller will bring audiences on a breathless journey across plunging cliffs and into the furthest reaches of our subterranean world.
Release Date: February 4, 2011
Genre: 3-D epic underwater adventure
Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Rhys Wakefield, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie
Directed by: Alister Grierson
Written by: John Garvin & Andrew Wight
Produced by: Andrew Wight
Executive Producers: James Cameron, Ben Browning, Michael Maher, Peter Rawlinson, Ryan Kavanaugh
VR at the Sanctum filming
Article by Phil Short on his involvement with the training and use of the Sentinel at the filming of Sanctum
At the end of 2009 I was given an amazing opportunity, to have some small involvement in a New James Cameron movie and better still an adventure about cave diving, my passion.
Having watched and thoroughly enjoyed the classic Abyss an adventure set in the deep ocean the idea of a similar adventure set in the labyrinth realm of the underworld of caves was very exiting.
I set of on the 26 hour journey to Brisbane via Bangkok and Sydney to eventually arrive to be picked up by an old industry friend Jason Blackwell and driven to the set of the movie in the making ‘Sanctum’.
On arrival I was introduced to John Garvin, an experienced CCR Instructor, an actor in the movie and most importantly the scriptwriter. One of John’s main jobs in Sanctum was to train the Stunt crew and some of the actors in the use of the VR Technologies Sentinel CCR as Andrew White the producer and James Cameron had chosen to use Sentinel’s as the cave divers equipment for the cave dives in the story. My job was to train John and Jason in the Sentinel and to upgrade their current CCR Instructor status to that of Sentinel Instructors.
To achieve the required shots for the movie VRT had also manufactured 5 mock Sentinels and 2 Sentinel shells that actually breathe open circuit. The second part of my job was to set up these units will dummy programmable HUD’s and teach the 2 instructors to use them as well.
Firstly John asked me if I wanted to go to the hotel and sleep after my long journey and get lag, ‘No way’ I said ‘This is way too exiting… Let’s get started!’
John firstly took me to the production office and introduced me to Andrew White, the producer and a very experienced caver and cave diver well known to me. It was a true story on a major cave diving exploratory expedition that Andrew was involved in that inspired John’s script.
I then got a guided tour of the 3 sets for the movie. WOW! This movie is going to look great I thought. Cave passage, sump pools and stalagmites everywhere. During this I met the art department guys who model everything to exactness worthy of even my OCD. Next the set safety supervisor and the stunt coordinator.
Now to work. The three of us spent the first 3 days building setting up and system checking the 5 actual Sentinel, building the two open circuit mock up units and the five dummy rigs.
On the evening of the first day I got the opportunity to stay out of the way, keep quiet but actually be on set for the filming of some of the first underground scenes of the movie and then see the results in ‘The Pod”.
What is The Pod? Well the really cool thing about Sanctum is it is being shot in 3D using the truly amazing technology from Avatar. The pod is where the stereo of the 3D image is checked after each take.
We went to the local Dive pool (5 meters deep) for a half day of basic Sentinel cross over training and to test dive the 2 open circuit mock up units, then back to production for the theory, finishing the day with another chance to be on set during a shoot.
The bulk of John and Jason’s training was conducted at a lake dive site (Here we go! Fly to the other side of the world and dive the local version of Vobster Quay within a stones throw of the Great Barrier reef), but we transferred to Julian Rocks for the final dives, great dives with Wobegong sharks and huge Sting Ray.
Then basics done back to the Studio to start training the stunt crew, set up the dummy and mock up units before the long journey home.
So can’t wait to see this a cave diving expedition with cave dives on Sentinel CCR in 3D from the Cameron stable of movie excellence.