Nakuru Kuru Progresses on Kickstarter, Scores Features Across Surfing Community
A few weeks ago, the Nakuru Kurucrew launched the Kickstarter campaign for their one-of-a-kind surfing VR documentary – and they are already almost halfway to its fundraising goal of $40,000. While we think the project is deserving of backing on its own merit, you can also snag some sweet benefits by helping the team meet their fundraising goal. Our personal favorite? The "Full Immersion Package," which for $375 will grant you an all-in-one, 2K resolution VR headset pre-loaded with Nakuru Kuru, a digital photo album, a limited edition tee, and a signed poster. For a project we believe is going to be huge, it doesn't get much better than that.
Nakuru Kuru has, by this point, scored high-profile features with pretty much every major surfing publication in the world, including Surfline, Surfer Magazine, and The Inertia. Soon to come are profiles on Stab and Magicseaweed as well. As the projectkeeps moving onwards and upwards, we only expect the buzz to grow. Hop on the wagon while you still can.
While most people in the US were preparing Fourth of July plans or on vacation, Nakuru Kuru Director Steve Engman and the film's low-light, VR time-lapse specialist Ben Canales were chasing stars in a remote area of Baja, Mexico. The two spent three sleepless nights testing camera systems and exploring what is possible with nighttime astrophotography and 360 videography.
The above shot is footage captured while on location, and even as a proof of concept in rough form, still conveys the vastness of space above us and proves capturing the milky way moving is possible in VR. The attention to detail and skill level required to pull the shot off, in the dark, while sleep-deprived was extremely high and we can’t believe the Nakuru Kuru crew pulled it off so well. We also can’t wait to see how this capture technique is used in the finished product to show just what is was like for protagonist John Ritter to navigate by star during his original passage.
Over the course of the next month, the entire Nakuru Kuru production team will return to Baja for an additional 10 days. They’ll continue to test camera limitations underwater, on land, and in the air before going into full production in the South Pacific.
Nakuru Kuru is currently seeking a co-production partner for finishing funds. Request to partner on project through the site.
Surf 360 documentary Nakuru Kuru continues to move along schedule with a successful shoot in Baja. As the film's subject - surf-explorer John Ritter - gets closer and closer to the point of his ultimate discovery all those years ago, he finds himself recalling those heady days of his youth. "It was a journey," Ritter said. "Pursuing empty, quality surf in beautiful places. Teaching, immersed in the people and culture...I was totally submerged in it all."
Continue to check back for updates on the progress of Nakuru Kuru as shooting begins to draw ever nearer to Fiji and Cloudbreak.
Principal filming for Nakuru Kuru in Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji is right around the corner. The project will be employing the most advanced filmmaking tools available to immerse viewers in some of the most remote, beautiful, and visually stunning locations on Earth. Prepare to free dive in pristine and vibrant ecosystems, navigate a trimaran with the stars as your only guide, and glide through mind bending waves.