Werner Herzog Brings 3-D Filmmaking To Oldest Known Cave Paintings
Visionary filmmaker uses cutting edge technology to record the earliest human media.
With US distribution rights secured by IFC Films, and television rights owned by the History Channel, visionary filmmaker Werner Herzog is set to release Cave of Forgotten Dreams, his documentary on cave paintings shot in 3-D. Herzog was granted exclusive access to the Chauvet Cave, discovered by hikers in 1994 and believed to be over 30,000 years old, making them the earliest known examples of human media. Herzog describes the production challenges of shooting 3-D in the cave:
The sense of awe comes through in 3-D, strangely enough. It’s hard to make a 3-D in six days, four hours per day, on location in the cave on this two-foot-wide-walkway. In semi-darkness we had to build our camera. It was really done on the run.