March 30, 2017

Soul Surfer & John Leonetti

BY BOB FISHER
John Leonetti, ASC shot Piranha 3-D mainly on, above and underwater at Lake Havasu, Arizona. The film takes the audience on a journey with Elizabeth Shu as she portrays the sheriff of a small town who is fighting to save her children and other potential victims of flesh eating piranha that have invaded the lake. Leonetti shot Piranha 3-D in 35 mm anamorphic format with a single camera.

Innovative postproduction technology is being used to seamlessly convert the edited film to digital images in 3-D format. What do you do for an encore after shooting what is likely to be one of the scarier films slated for release in 2010? Answer: Leonetti is in Oahu, Hawaii preparing to shoot a film where seminal scenes take place on the Pacific Ocean. The script is a depiction of a true story.

Bethany Hamilton was a rising star in the galaxy of competitive surfers. The 13 year old girl was attacked by a tiger shark which bite her left arm off on Halloween morning in 2003. It was headline news around the world.

A half a dozen years later, Bethany is surfing and winning competitive matches again. Stay tuned for more details about the production Soul Surfer, a dramatic movie about a real life heroine. In the meantime, happy surfing John.

About Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher was born and raised in Brooklyn. He earned a journalism degree from Long Island University, and began his career as a cub reporter at the New York Herald Tribune. Fisher was drafted into the U.S. Army in mid-1958. He served for two years as a journalist at an army base in Anniston, Alabama.That experience gave him a different view of the world. Several weeks before he was scheduled to complete his military obligation, Fisher answered an ad for a six-month job in Los Angeles writing a book based on interviews with members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Fisher had no idea what cinematographers did. The attraction was getting to see Los Angeles. Fisher estimates that he has subsequently written between 3,000 and 4,000 magazine articles about cinematographers and other narrative and documentary filmmakers. He is one of seven living honorary members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Four of the others are astronauts.

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