40-BelowProducer Andrew Scholotiuk and director Dylan Pearce have won a Lumiere Award from the Advanced Imaging Society for their 3D work in the romantic comedy 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. Past recipients of the Lumiere award include Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee and James Cameron.

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.

On Set Interview of Producer Andrew Scholotiuk by Angela Palmer of YEG Films:

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