The lush green, rugged coastal mountains here are simply striking, and the turquoise waters leave little mystery as to why surfers are drawn to it in the first place. We had the most success using photographic elements we had shot of AnnaSophia against greenscreen, rather than anything from the 3D body scan. We'd light it to look like the lighting of the scene and then shoot a series of stills for the compositor. The anti-climactic duel between Bethany and Malina just proves how successfully Soul Surfer strangles every dramatic scene with indulgent visual aesthetics, referencing a higher being guiding all of us from above via haloed lens flares and booming musical crescendos. Now 19, Hamilton will step in to film some post-attack surfing and stunt scenes. Additionally, Bethan rejects the five-minute head start the judges have offered her. In a touching moment, Malina expresses her sincere admiration for her rival Bethany's grit and determination to get back on the board and insists on sharing the first place trophy with Bethany.
All the extra work and attention to detail paid off, because everything looks realistic, and as a viewer you can remain focused on the story and not the obvious Photoshop. In addition to using Bethany's 2004 autobiography as source material for the screenplay, McNamara interviewed the Hamiltons to learn more about the family conflicts that did not receive mention in the autobiography. The biopic tells the story of surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack. Schmit: We had some nice techniques for the water work. Schmit: The day would begin for AnnaSophia in the make-up chair having the prosthetic applied, which was about an hour and a half process. McNamara began editing in May that year, but more shots for the movie were filmed in Tahiti in August. And she had already been surfing since she was eight years old.
So now we had this prop, and what we ended up doing was setting up a little photo studio at our place and then for any particular shot where we needed to see what the stump was going to look like from a particular angle, we did a little series of stills on a turntable. Additionally, the Hamiltons wanted it to be known which verse of scripture Sarah Hill is quoting from when she reads Jeremiah 29:11. However, the strongest messages are that with a bit of perspective and the support of our friends and family. When Bethany arrives, she notices that the Thai people are afraid of the water, including a little boy. We talked about lots of close-ups and lots of lock-offs, but of course every shot was moving and lots of shots showing different angles. When Bethany returns to the sanctity and safety of Maui, reborn and ready to surf competitively with one arm, the cursory sports film clichés pop up again. The child in danger is never seen in Mother, only heard over the telephone by his mother, who tries frantically to save him from an uncertain threat.
Just as it did in real life, the onscreen-shark attack takes place at Tunnels Beach, where Bethany and her friend, Alana Blanchard played by Lorraine Nicholson , set out to enjoy an early morning surf. Why, for instance, after the shark attack close to shore, do no characters betray even the slightest apprehension that maybe there are more sharks lurking? The main reason being, they were relying on the weather to hold up. Nelson have supporting roles in the movie. After a short recuperation period of only a few weeks, Bethany blithely returns to the water to retrain herself how to surf with her family at her side. Initially we were getting a lot of good shots back, and each looked great, but they were all slightly different in terms of resolving some of the areas that the stump looked like from behind, for instance. Louise and Stuart meet on a train, and though they wind up getting off at the same station, they never make a convincing connection.
We're committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or subscription fees—so if you like what we do, please consider becoming a Slant patron: You can also make a donation via. Post-production company Engine Room worked on 450 arm-removal shots for scenes in which actress AnnaSophia Robb wore a green sleeve. The world changes radically for her and those close to her. Using video and photographic references from the Hamilton family, Garbarino and Schmit collaborated on sculptures and the positions necessary for the impending action and the storytelling. Therefore, every obstacle down the road becomes little more than a steppingstone to ultimate religious and ideological salvation.
Amazing stuff and, along with that spectacular surfing footage, worth the price of admission. Mark would be there on set and would essentially cast a new silicone prosthetic for her every day. Carrie shows that she has the ability to light up a big screen in her movie debut, but it is the character she plays that makes the movie as moving as it is. According to Sony Pictures' statistics, 80% of the audience was female, and 56% were under 25 years old. In the end, all dramatic conflict here is sunny and soporific. But we've realized it's better for us to have a very high-end small team in-house and work with a lot of off-site people.
Seeking more material for the film, McNamara, producer David Brookwell, and Hofstetter interviewed the family and asked about any conflicts that might have arisen over Bethany's injury that were not mentioned in her 2004 autobiography. But there were also some tricky shots that were surfing face replacement shots, and what was particularly interesting with these was that the real Bethany Hamilton did a lot of surfing in the film. Soul Surfer is sun and fun most of the way and should score nicely with family audiences of all religious persuasions. It was the stump from all sides. Throughout the shoot, the production team would film the principal action for each scene with AnnaSophia Robb wearing a green sleeve or a painted arm. Everyone in the water for this one! Carrie Underwood, Kevin Sorbo, and Craig T. We worked with a great make-up and effects guy, Mark Garbarino, to develop the prosthetic.
If you enjoy positive messages leaving you with countless Goosebumps, an intriguing story, and phenomenal characters, I highly recommend you to go watch this film. Soul Surfer is a 2011 American docudrama based on the life of surfer and shark attack survivor. I ask you this; if given the chose, would you choose faith over fear? Schmit: Well, the prosthetic was designed for AnnaSophia's arm to be behind her back, but that was not always practical. Were there some face replacements for the surfing scenes? Unfortunately, the judges rule that Bethany caught the wave after the horn ending competition sounded, so her performance on that wave doesn't count and Malina is deemed the winner. A second pass of the actress' torso and shots of clean backgrounds would provide digital assets needed to reconstruct elements hidden by her green arm.