fxguidetv #102: Sanctum Stereo Underwater Action

We look at the stereo / 3D film Sanctum, talking to both DOP Jules O’Loughlin and VFX supervisor David Booth. This stereoscopic feature tells the thrilling tale of documentary filmmaker Andrew Wight’s near death experience whilst leading a diving expedition of 15 men in the remote underground cave systems of the Australian Nullarbor Plain.

While James Cameron was the Executive Producer, the film was shot in Queensland, Australia. Visual effects were provided by Illoura in Melbourne. Iloura, the very well respected Victorian VFX and animation company, partnered with the Sanctum team to undertake complex and challenging VFX and animation in the film.

Andrew Wight, who scripted the film, also co-produced the project along with FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder. Alister Grierson directed, and Oscar award winner James Cameron further underlined his commitment to stereoscopic story telling by joining as the film’s Executive Producer.

Dir. Alister Grierson, James Cameron, Andrew Wight
On set filming in Stereo




Emmy Award winning post-production supervisor Marc van Buuren and his team worked exclusively with Digital Pictures on the feature’s 3D post-production. Digital Pictures undertook the 3D conform, digital colour grading, digital mastering for 3D cinema, 2D digital cinema, the DI 35mm negative, and the HD video deliveries for the production.



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