This year the Santa Barbara International Film Festival featured the North American premiere of the first 3D surf film, called Storm Surferes 3D. There was a red carpet event before the show, and writer, Chris Johnson and I got to meet and photograph the crew.

The cast of Storm Surfers 3D, includes two-time world surf champion Tom Carroll, big-wave surfer Ross Clarke-Jones and renowned surf forecaster Ben Matson. We also got a nice interview with Australian directors Justin McMillan and Chris Nelius.

The cast's youthful personality makes the film, but you'll also love the idea of being entrenched in the 3D action.

Checkout review, photos from the red carpet and post-movie Q&A session on http://thearlingtontheatre.com

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During the red carpet events for this year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Montecito Award, I setup an apparatus for shooting a big street panorama. This year the award went to Daniel Day-Lewis, who can be seen signing an autograph near the front, center of the photograph.

I setup a tripod on a ladder and acquired images over a two-hour period. More than 24 separate exposures were used to make up this shot, which holds up with extreme detail when printed 36 inches wide.

You'll probably be able to see a framed version at the Arlignton Theatre's box office, and also at D'Vine Cafe in Santa Barbara.

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I really enjoyed listening to Ben Affleck being interviewed by Leonard Maltin at the Arlington. Affleck was this year's recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Modern Master Award.

I got to shoot Ben on the red carpet and again inside the theatre as he was being interviewed. I got lots of fun photos.

Read Chris Johnson's excellent review and see my photos here.

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That Santa Barbara International Film Festival's annual opening night film and gala hit the town last week. Even though the giant gala party was threatened by rain, the even went off without a hitch.

I started with some red carpet photos, then watched a great film, Disconnect. After the film, at the Arlington Theatre, the gala party took place at Paseo Nuevo Mall. There was live entertainment, booze and food. They did a cool job this year of decorating the mall, and as usual, it was packed. Some of the night's move stars were mingling with guests.

See the photos and review here.

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The man, the myth, the legend. William Shatner put on a one-man-show, dazzling a roomful of fans at the Arlignton Theatre. This was a UCSB Arts & Lectures presentation. I had a five minute shooting restriction, but was able to get some fun stuff.


I'm trying out a new slideshow feature installed in the blogging component on The Arlington Theatre's website.

Checkout the show and full article by Jim Youngson here.

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