“THE ULTIMATE WAVE TAHITI ” 3D IMAX FILM SET TO FILM IN TAHITI Featuring the islands of Tahiti and World Renown Surfer Kelly Slater August 15 2008
Set for release in the United States in February 2010 and globally thereafter, the legendary Tahitian wave, “Teahupo’o” as well as the people, culture and beauty of the islands of Tahiti will be showcased in an IMAX 3D film aptly titled “Ultimate Wave 3D” in some of the largest movie theaters across the world.
The 45-minute 3D IMAX film, featuring eight-time world renown champion surfer Kelly Slater surfing Tahiti’s famed Teahupo’o, is set to start filming in late August. The film will take movie-goers through the Society Islands to the Tuamotu Archipelago, focusing on Tahitian culture, history and the unspoiled islands, atolls and lagoons of French Polynesia.
Tahiti Tourisme is a co-sponsor in cooperation with the government of French Polynesia and the Tahiti Film Office. Partnership with the other sponsors of the film, including Suzuki and Quiksilver, will allow the islands of Tahiti to have a presence in their retail locations around the world reaching additional key demographics.
The film will serve to visually represent Tahiti and Moorea in one of the most advanced technical formats available in film screens. IMAX films are shown on movie screens up to 8 stories high with a slight curvature, allowing viewers to feel “right in the action.” Six channel multi-way speakers provide unsurpassed surround sound and the overall experience and brings viewers, literally, closer to the subject matter.
“An IMAX film in 3D is the perfect vehicle to showcase how spectacular our beautiful islands are,” says Al Keahi, managing director of Tahiti Tourisme North America. “IMAX movie goers all around the world including the U.S., Europe and China, to name a few, will get to experience the beauty of Tahiti up close and personal with this film.”
Tahiti Tourisme is working with the K2 Communications, producers and distributors of the film and famed director Stephen Low, to include key messages about the destination.Low, a multiple award-winner, has 13 IMAX hits to his credit including Fighter Pilot, Beavers and other IMAX films are that still running after 20 years. The marketing campaign for the film includes multi-platform outreach from online grass roots communications to traditional advertising.
On average, IMAX films are in theaters, museums, and other attraction theaters for at least 6 months to one year. The producers anticipate more than 300 million impressions in more than 200 venues worldwide.
Other locations considered for the film included Australia, Bali and Hawaii. Tahiti was the production team’s first choice and most desired location for the film.
The production crew currently has a survey team scouting the islands of Tahiti. The remainder of the crew and cast are set to arrive in the islands over the next week. Filming is scheduled to run through mid-September. Post-production will keep the crew busy through mid-2009 for an anticipated release in the U.S. in October of 2009.
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