HelioxFilm published the multiple award short film by Gyula Somogyi on DVD.
The Ships of Darkness DVD has several unique features which offer a complex experience:
Two underwater short films – award-winning artistic “The Ships of Darkness” and recently published documentary-style “One of us” take the audience for mysterious voyages in history, descending from the light into darkness in order to visit the twilight zone, where the remains of wood, steel and flesh serve as a basis for the lively creatures of the underwater world. Flooded chambers, broken masts, exploded walls and windows hardened into stones make up the surroundings of a wreck-dive. (Filmed at the Red Sea.)
The third film is an original Solaris video clip about the group. The “Book of Prophecies” brings back the viewers to the present time and reveals the musicians behind the scenes. The films are based on the famous Solaris-album: Nostradamus – Book of Prophecies, which was published by Periferic Records.
The underwater films can be found on the DVD in Apple QuickTime® 720p25 High Definition formats in order to provide more detailed pictures. The DVD is encoded in PAL. Non-PAL country customers can play back the DVD on their computers, PAL compatible DVD -players and TV-sets or use media players with the QuickTime files.
An additional unique feature will enable the viewers to look behind the scenes: a task-based After Dive Tutorial® explains the post-production techniques used in these films and will escort users to re-create them in their projects. The 57-minute tutorial teaches how to use Apple Final Cut Pro® 6, Apple Motion® 3 and Apple Shake® for specific tasks, such as secondary color corrections, image stabilization, optical flow retiming, nested sequences and retouching the moving picture.
The DVD is also equipped with a 16-page color booklet about the shipwrecks. It contains factual information regarding the wrecks’ GPS position, basic data, and a short history so it can be used for dive-trip planning. The text originated from the BBC acknowledged DiveSiteDirectory.com. The beautiful pencil drawings of Rik Vercoe help the audience to imagine the superstructure of the wrecks.
The booklet and the cover art is the work of Csaba Tökölyi, underwater photographer and graphic artist; the cover picture is also an award-winning photograph by Robert Roka (Skeleton of lost times).
Heliox Film’s media partners are: DivePhotoGuide.com, DiveSiteDirectory.com, Digideep.com, DiveFilm.com, Submarine.hu, DiveCenter.hu, and Wetpixel.com (Wetpixel Quaterly).
Visit the www.theshipsofdarkness.com site to watch the trailer, the intro of the After Dive Tutorial. Buyers of the DVD will get $5 discount if they subscribe to the Wetpixel Quarterly. For a limited time HelioxFilm provides free ground shipping wordwide.