by Avatar 2 Movie
James Cameron, who directed the two biggest Hollywood movies in history, "Avatar" and "Titanic," stands at Ginnie Springs with movie producer Andrew Wright and High Springs residents Wes Skiles and Jill Heinerth.
HIGH SPRINGS — A cave diver swimming in the world’s largest and least accessible cave system becomes trapped underwater after a tropical storm causes immense flooding. Instead of swimming back up to the surface, the cave diver searches for an unknown escape route deeper down into the water system.
While this did not occur in High Springs, it did occur to a High Springs man. Wes Skiles experienced the situation during an expedition, which served as the basis for the plot of the new 3D movie Sanctum, produced by James Cameron of Avatar and Titanic fame.
That movie is debuting in theaters across the country on Feb. 4.
Skiles, the internationally acclaimed cave diver who passed away last summer, was not only the inspiration for the motion picture but also helped show Cameron at Ginnie Springs how 3-D could be effectively shot underwater.
As a result, the film’s producer, Andrew Wright, who also accompanied Skiles on the fateful expedition, will have a dedication in the film to Skiles.
Skiles also was responsible for taking Cameron on his first dive in an underwater cave.
There will be a Feb. 2 screening of the film in Gainesville; however, further details were not available at time of publication. See next week’s Herald for more information on the local screening of the film.