SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, September 24, 2013 – Passmorelab and K2 Communications announced that the new documentary 3D film – ANTARCTICA’S PENGUIN EMPERORS 3D – is now available for distribution to museums and science centers in selected territories.

This family friendly film was shot on location in Antarctica, the southernmost region on the planet. The story follows a colony of Emperor Penguins as they emerge from the sea and begin their long march sixty miles inland during the cold winter. Presented in stunning 3D, this true-life tale will warm the hearts of audiences as they witness the hardships and sacrifices of these curious creatures in their fascinating triumph over the elements.

“The movie offers breathtaking 3D imagery that captures Antarctica’s transcendent beauty. It’s the story of devoted parent penguins who, in the face of the harsh polar winter, take turns guarding their egg and venturing to the ocean in search of food,” said James Humann, Business Affairs Director for Passmorelab. “It’s a family drama about love and courage set in the most uncompromising region of the world.”

Presented in stereoscopic 3D, audiences will get a first-hand look at the animal inhabitants of Antarctica and the lives, rituals and camaraderie of the Emperor Penguin.

“Vast frozen landscapes come alive in large format 3D. Only 3D can provide the depth and visual cues necessary to understand the vast dimensions and huge populations in this film,” added Greg Passmore, President of Passmorelab. “The regions are so remote, this might be the only way museum audience members could ever experience this majestic place filled with Emperor Penguins. It is also a rare opportunity to see these creatures in an educational context, outside the reach of Hollywood spinners. I am impressed by the directness of the story and the unfiltered view of our amazing world.”

“We’re really excited to bring ANTARCTICA’S PENGUIN EMPERORS 3D to museum audiences in selected markets. The film has all the elements of a winner for this industry — it takes you somewhere most people would rarely go, the cinematography is stunning, the story is engaging, and it’s educational,” said Mark Kresser President of K2 Communications. K2 Communications first premiered the 3D trailer during the Giant Screen Cinema Association International Conference in Ottawa, Canada on September 14-17, 2013.

The film was produced by South Korea’s Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and was directed by Kim Jae-Yeong and Kim Jin-Man. Passmorelab provided post-production services and produced the museum versions of the film which will be distributed by K2 Communications beginning in October 2013.

This is the first time this award-winning film will be available in 3D for museum audiences (20-mins & 40 mins) in the U.S. and Canada.

About K2 Communications:
K2 Communications is one of the world’s leading studios for IMAX and other Giant Screen films exhibited in museums, science centers and other specialty theaters. Since entering the industry in 1998, K2 has served as an Executive Producer and/or Distributor of some of the most successful films in the industry. K2 has developed a reputation for delivering high-quality films that satisfy the film sponsors as well as general audiences. K2 also distributes the world’s largest catalogue of films formerly shown in IMAX theaters for TV and other non-theatrical media, now numbering over 70.


U.S. Air Force pilots host screenings of “Fighter Pilot 3D: Operation Red Flag”

The Museum of Flight’s William M. Allen Theater re-opens July 6 after extensive renovations and technical upgrades. Celebrating the grand opening, the theater will be among the first in the country to premier “Fighter Pilot 3D: Operation Red Flag,” the exciting 48-minute Stephen Low Company and K2 Communications documentary adventure in 3D, with a pilot’s-view experience into the danger and complexity of high speed combat flying. The film follows U.S. Air Force Capt. John “Otter” Stratton as he engages in Red Flag international air combat flight training exercises in his F-15 Eagle fighter. Several of the July 6 screenings will be personally introduced by retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilots who flew in the movie and have flown numerous Red Flag exercises and combat operations. Screenings on the hour. Adults $5 with admission to the Museum; $8 for movie only. Children $4 with admission; $7 for movie only. Museum Members: $4.

“Fighter Pilot 3D: Operation Red Flag”

Following a young F-15 fighter pilot through Red Flag, the final training phase before pilots are sent into actual combat, this giant screen film is the closest audiences will ever get to a ride in the world’s greatest fighter jet. “Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag” was directed by one of the foremost large format filmmakers and provides a rare insider’s view into the teamwork and dangers inherent in military flight training. This 48-minute adrenaline-packed giant screen hit is now available in stunning digital 3D, with the stereoscopic production performed by 3D experts at Passmorelab. Appropriate for general audiences.

Capt. John Stratton is a young American fighter pilot, determined to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, a decorated World War II flying ace. He joins the world’s best pilots at Red Flag — the most challenging training exercise for the air forces of the U.S. and its allies. The film follows Stratton in his F-15 Eagle as he undertakes Red Flag’s treacherous and immensely complicated training. His childhood vision of heroism widens as he witnesses the teamwork of his ground crew and other pilots, ensuring a successful mission and his safe return home.


Director/producer Stephen Low (“Volcanoes of the Deep Sea,” “Titanica,” “Super Speedway”), with eleven films to his credit and almost thirty years of IMAX® format experience, stated, “So many films on fighter aircraft essentially fake the interaction between the planes using a lot of quick cutting, simulated cockpit photography and special effects. Working with the Air Force made it possible for us to shoot actual dog-fighting for the first time between a dozen aircraft at once. Altogether we were working with more than one hundred aircraft of all types. This is the closest an audience will ever get to flying in the middle of a massive air combat operation.”

“This is the movie of the Air Force for the next 30-40 years, as seen through the prism of a Red Flag exercise and Capt. Stratton’s personal journey,” stated Maj. Sam Morgan, fighter pilot and the film’s Air Force Technical Advisor.

Clay Lacy (“Top Gun,” “Armageddon,” “Cliffhanger”), among the world’s top aerial cinematographers, stated, “Fighter Pilot was a highly unique shoot because it involved the largest number and variety of aircraft I have ever worked with at one time.”

3D Director Greg Passmore stated, “Fighter Pilot is exactly the kind of film that 3D was made for … it has extreme depth, fast action and lots of pyrotechnics. We are honored to work on Stephen Low’s film and we feel that the addition of a third dimension creates ‘sense of presence’ so that the audience experiences the rush of being onboard one of the world’s fastest high performance aircraft.”

Aviation fans should know that the film features 20 F-15E Strike Eagles, representing four American squadrons, considered by many to be the greatest fighter ever built. The Germans brought six of their European-built Tornados. These aircraft are known for their sophisticated electronics. The Israeli’s arrived with six F-16’s. The Canadians brought F-18 Hornets from Alberta and Quebec. The British Royal Navy flew their famous Harrier jump jets used mostly for close ground support. Additional American-supplied aircraft for the film include bomber, fighter and attack aircraft B-1, B-2, F-117, F-15C, F-15E, F-16, A-10; search and rescue aircraft HH-60; reconnaissance aircraft U-2, aerial refueling KC-10; airlift support C-130 and C-17; and the E-3 airborne warning and control system AWACS. For more aircraft information, please visit www.af.mil/factsheets.

The film is directed by Stephen Low (“Volcanoes of the Deep Sea,” “Super Speedway”), produced by The Stephen Low Company, and is a presentation of K2 Communications (Adventures in Wild California). Major funding was provided by The Boeing Company. “Fighter Pilot 3D: Operation Red Flag” held its world premiere in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center IMAX Theater.   The highly acclaimed film is being re-released in stunning digital 3D with the help of PassmoreLab.

3b518d5f4deb7133a5198107f7853eeaebee3756_400x295_Q80About Red Flag

Established in 1975, Red Flag is a two-week realistic combat training exercise involving the elite aerial forces from all four branches of the U.S. military, plus their Guard/Reserve components.  It is commonly described as being more challenging than actual combat. Since its inception, NATO and the air forces of 28 other countries have joined the U.S. in these intensive exercises, as well as individual members of other countries who have participated as observers. Red Flag is conducted on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, as one of a series of advanced training programs administered by the Air Warfare Center and Nellis through the 414th Combat Training Squadron. Red Flag exercises have provided training for over 440,000 elite military personnel, including more than 145,000 aircrew members flying over 385,000 sorties and logging over 660,000 hours flying time.  For more information on Red Flag, please visit www.nellis.af.mil.

About K2 Communications

K2 Communications is one of the world’s leading studios for IMAX and other Giant Screen films exhibited in museums, science centers and other specialty theaters.  Since entering the industry in 1998, K2 has served as an Executive Producer and/or Distributor of 9 films, including “Everest,” “Adventures in Wild California,” “Fighter Pilot:  Operation Red Flag,” “The Ultimate Wave Tahiti,” “Legends of Flight and Rescue.”  K2 is currently in production on “Journey to Space: A Shuttle Adventure” (Spring 2014), and is in development on several film projects including “Carrier,” “Wild Brazil” and “Out of Bounds: Alaska.”  K2 also distributes the world’s largest catalogue of films formerly shown in iMAX theaters for TV and other non-theatrical media, now numbering over 60.

About The Boeing Company

The Boeing Company is honored to help sponsor the IMAX film “Fighter Pilot 3D: Operation Red Flag,” which depicts the realistic training undergone by the dedicated men and women of our armed forces.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation. The company continues to expand its product line and services to meet emerging customer needs. Its broad range of capabilities includes creating new, more efficient members of its commercial airplane family; integrating military platforms, defense systems and the warfighter through network-enabled solutions; creating advanced technology solutions; and arranging innovative customer-financing options.

With corporate offices in Chicago, Boeing employs more than 170,000 people across the United States and in 70 countries.

About Passmorelab

Passmorelab is a stereoscopic 3D studio that specializes in Ultra HD (4K) and 3D production. The company’s president, Greg Passmore, has a 30-year career in technology and creative imaging and spent much of his early career developing simulators for Department of Defense agencies and contractors. Passmorelab’s California and Texas facilities include 4K and 3D production and post-production suites and software development labs. The company’s 3D software has been used on many Hollywood blockbusters and Passmorelab’s documentary films are broadcast around the world (passmorelab.com).

ScreenHunter_70 May. 22 20.02May 22, 2013 (Los Angeles, CA) Passmorelab and indie-punk-rock group Osaka Popstar announced today that the 3D music videos for the songs Wicked World and Insects will premiere on the Nintendo 3DS in May and June respectively.

The handheld Nintendo 3DS is an autostereoscopic console capable of showing 3D video without the use of 3D glasses. As of April 2013, Nintendo has sold over 20 million 3DS games. Nintendo will premiere Osaka Popstarʼs music video for Wicked World on May 24, 2013 and the band’s video for Insects will be available for download on June 20, 2013.

Osaka Popstar is a sonically and visually stimulating punk-pop band led by singer/producer John Cafiero—long-time Misfits and Ramones collaborator and platinum selling film and video director. This new multimedia experience is another example of Cafieroʼs vision for his music and art crossover project which features a revolving backing band of punk-rock legends—guests in the lineup have included members of the Misfits, the Ramones, Black Flag, and more.

Passmorelab, a San Diego-based 3D producer and distributor, is a licensed developer for Nintendo and has provided 3D for music videos for many top musical acts including Linkin Park, Devo, Black Keys and Train.

“Our innovative 3D style has allowed us to become a leader in 3D post production for the music industry. Additionally, we thought this project was a wonderful opportunity to promote the incredible special education program at J.P. Widney High School,” said Greg Passmore, President of Passmorelab (ʻInsectsʼ was written by the Kids of Widney High, a music group composed of disabled students from the special education J.P. Widney High School in Los Angeles. All of the producerʼs net proceeds from the video will benefit J.P. Widney High School).

Osaka Popstar frontman Cafiero stated, “With all the different components there are to explore in Osaka Popstar I couldnʼt imagine a more perfect fit than teaming with Nintendo. Video games have an incredible dynamic mix of audio/visual excitement and Osaka Popstar has kinship in that approach. The imagery stemming from the music, and the animated videos themselves are essentially like video games that have taken on a life of their own, and started playing out in stealth mode. Iʼd love to take it the next step and reverse that concept, bringing the characters and scenarios into an actual gaming environment…” Cafiero added, “Weʼve done punk versions of the Astro Boy and Sailor Moon themes, and I canʼt tell you how many times fans have requested Osaka Popstar cover the theme to “Sonic X”, so if you do the math, it speaks for itself. Weʼre definitely in the right place with Nintendo, and Iʼm thrilled about it. This is going to be a blast.”

“As the first and most widely embraced autostereoscopic device on the worldwide market, the Nintendo 3DS has changed the way 3D content is delivered to consumers,” stated James Humann, Passmorelabʼs legal counsel. “Johnʼs vision for Osaka Popstar, infectious pop punk inspired in part by Japanese animation, translated perfectly for 3D. Its fun and its cool. Our recent project with Devo
(Monster Man 3D) was a huge hit with Nintendo users and we think these videos will be as well.”

About Osaka Popstar
Osaka Popstar is the pop-punk multimedia music and art project led by singer/producer John Cafiero, long-time Misfits & Ramones collaborator and platinum selling film and video director. The critically acclaimed debut album “Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk” features frontman Cafiero with a revolving lineup of punk-rock legends as his backing band including members of the Misfits, the Ramones, Black Flag, and the Voidoids among others. The bandʼs new single “Super Hero” (written by Cafiero), was released pre-Spring 2013 charting in the top 20 on alternative radio. An expanded reissue of the debut album will follow this summer and more new material is already in the works. The world of Osaka Popstar is a fusion of pop-culture that transcends into all facets of art including music, animation, apparel, vinyl toys and much more.


About Passmorelab
Passmorelab is a San Diego-based stereoscopic 3D studio that specializes in Ultra HD (4K) and 3D production and distribution. The company’s California and Texas facilities include 4K and 3D production and post production suites and software development labs. Passmorelab’s state-of-the-art 3D technology has been used on many major Hollywood films. The company also specializes in 3D production for music videos and has worked with many high profile artists including Linkin Park,
Devo and the Black Keys. Passmorelab also operates a distribution/sales office in San Diego that specializes in licensing 4K and 3D content across all platforms.