For StormStock cinematographer and founder Martin Lisius, it was a storm like no other he’s witnessed. “Up until now, Hurricane Katrina was the most intense storm I’ve experienced,” he said. “There are three types of hurricanes; surge, wind and rain. Katrina is the record holder for storm surge, while Harvey now leads for flooding rains. Really, two exceptional storms occurring just within the last 12 years, both getting their super powers from the Gulf.”
The first storm photo I took was when I was 12 years old. It was a fat bolt of lightning I captured while shooting from the kitchen window of my parent's home in north Texas. That's when I fell in love with dramatic weather.
“After witnessing so many amazing supercells over the years, all other thunderstorm types become rather uninteresting,” Lisius said. That’s because supercells produce virtually all significant tornadoes and giant hail, in addition to prolific lightning shows. They occur around the world, but are especially common in an area from Texas to the Dakotas.
Since 1993, StormStock has been the "go to" footage library for producers and directors who need something special in the weather imagery category. The collection, created by cinematographer Martin Lisius, features hard to find material including the only Super 35mm (to HD) footage in the world of Hurricane Katrina making landfall.
Cinematographer and StormStock founder Martin Lisius has a very unique job. For nearly three decades, he has tracked and photographed some of the most violent (and beautiful) weather in the world. Last week, it was business as usual as he followed major Hurricane Matthew along the Florida coast, bracing against 90 mph winds, and enduring stinging, horizontal rain.
Prairie Pictures' collection of ultra high-end weather and climate footage, which is licensed through its StormStock brand, has a fresh look at www.stormstock.com. The new website has been streamlined, edited, and better integrated over its predecessor.
StormStock founder and cinematographer Martin Lisius intercepted a "mega-supercell" thunderstorm in Nebraska last week and filmed it on 4K and 6K video. The isolated storm tracked across the rural Nebraska Sand Hills region for several hours producing tornadoes, giant hail and continuous lightning.
Prairie Pictures' StormStock (www.stormstock.com) has been selected as a nominee for the 2016 Footage Library of the Year Award by FOCAL International, The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International, a professional not-for-profit trade association based in London.
Filmmaker, and veteran storm chaser, Martin Lisius has announced that he will produce, direct and write the sequel to his 1995 award-winning documentary "The Chasers of Tornado Alley" this spring. The full length doc (working title "TCOTA2"), will focus on a group of storm chasers known for their contributions to science and public safety.
StormStock recently wrapped on the new series "Wild Weather with Richard Hammond," due to air on BBC One in December. StormStock provided over 5 minutes of its spectacular imagery including tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, and blizzards.
Veteran storm chaser Martin Lisius has released a new book titled “The Ultimate Severe Weather Safety Guide.” It is currently available in paperback (76 pages) and on Kindle (83 pages) at Amazon, and on Nook (64 pages) at Barnes & Noble. The iBook version (57 pages), featuring additional photos and dramatic footage captured by Lisius, will be available at the Apple iTunes Store later this week.