Scale the poisonous volcanoes of Venus and the ancient red dunes of Mars. Bore through the icy crust of Europa to imagine life in hidden seas. Navigate the otherworldly archipelagos of Titan in the shadow of Saturn’s dreamy rings.
The Planets is journey from science fiction to ‘science vision,’ an aspirational look at the next century in human spacefaring achievement, profiling the technological and pioneering stepping stones thought necessary for humankind to become a truly interplanetary species. From moon bases and space elevators to asteroid outposts and aerostatic habitats, the film will profile the dreamers of today – engineers and artists from universities, international space agencies and private enterprise – whose proof-of-concept technologies and mind-blowing innovations may one day allow our children’s children to push ever deeper into a solar system both beautiful and bizarre.
On the green slopes of giant volcanoes lives Microraptor. Not a bird, nor a normal dinosaur: with four wings, this small, feathered dinosaur glides between trees in search of lizards or insects to feed its young. Being tiny exposes it to various threats from its neighbours: on the ground, Sinosauropteryx – a squirrel version of Velociraptor – and the massive Yutyranus – a sort of feathered T-Rex – roam in search of dinner. Highly exposed on the ground, Microraptor can only climb trees to escape. Its neighbours have other strategies: primitive mammals rely on dens to hide in and poisonous heel spurs to inflict deadly wounds; coloured Caudipteryx – a peacock version of a small Velociraptor – or “Pyjama raptor” – another fluffy raptor – have to run through the maze of trees to confuse their predators. Every minute, Microraptor battles to survive: Darwinopterus pterosaurs attack through the canopy, winter brings snow and volcanoes spew deadly clouds of ashes. Will Microraptor thrive long enough to give its chicks a chance to flee and venture out of their nest?
A lone climber, suspended hundreds of feet in the air, struggles to find the next finger hold, defining progress in inches. The dramatic visuals immerse us in a gripping contest of human determination versus the reality of gravity’s potent grip. CLIFFHANGERS explores the precarious relationship of humanity’s quest to scale some of the world’s highest places, while also revealing the scientific and technological advances that have enabled us to conquer these peaks, exposing the heartbeat of the human soul.
A tapestry of jaw-dropping action, combined with rich STEM content…..for example, physics of the real world – how climbing is a tug-of-war between friction and gravity, while skiing involves the same battle of forces in reverse. Educational insights about the engineering of climbing gear and skis, and the aeronautical effects of a wingsuit, are seamlessly integrated with dramatic visuals and action. The film will be narrated by Willem Dafoe and release early 2018.
Far Northern Australia is a land of extremes. Huge bushfires ravage the ancient landscape in the dry season and the world’s biggest thunderstorms bring torrential rain and flooding in the wet season. These almost Jurassic conditions have created some of the richest wetlands on Earth.
The coast, rivers and waterholes are haunted by sharks. The plains are guarded by territorial buffalo and venomous snakes but the apex predator here is a living dinosaur the salt water crocodile. They have been on the planet in almost identical form for 200 million years – even surviving the meteor strike that wiped out the rest of the dinosaurs.
Crocodiles are the ultimate predators. They attack with stealth, are extremely aggressive and can grow up to 7 meters in length. Up here, they have even been known to attack and pull fisherman out of boats.
This film will carry the viewers across the whole Top End of Australia, from the wild Kimberly coast through mysterious and rarely seen Arnhem Land and then deep into the world’s oldest rainforest in Cape York.
Come with us on an epic journey through some of the wildest landscapes on Earth as we take you deep into crocodile’s world. AUSTRALIA UNDISCOVERED will be shot in magnificent 8K for IMAX and other Giant Screen theaters. Specialized underwater camera rigs have been designed to get the audience closer than ever before to the most powerful jaws on Earth.
Our ongoing quest to explore and come to terms with the Arctic is presented in the context of the crucial role that ice plays in the north. Ice is to the Arctic as trees are to the rainforest. It is the underpinning of the ecosystem, the foundation upon which the animals and plants of the north depend. We meet an ice scientist who lives and works with the Inuit, blending their traditional knowledge with modern scientific methods. We travel to the town of Churchill, Manitoba, polar bear capital of the world, where the people have turned a feared predator into a revered asset. We join an expedition of beluga biologists who are monitoring the migration patters of these ice dependent whales. Underlying all these stories are the changes that are quickly overtaking the people and animals who have adapted over thousands of years to this land of ice and snow.
Plunge into an underwater feeding frenzy, an epic struggle for survival where whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, gannets and billions of fish collide with mankind during one of nature’s greatest migration spectacles. Filmed off the Wild Coast of South Africa and set to the rhythm of the local people, Wild Ocean reveals the economic and cultural impact of the ocean while celebrating the communal efforts to protect our invaluable marine resources.
Come with us on a spectacular 3D ride across, over, and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on earth: Africa.
Our guide through this enchanted kingdom is the sorcerer itself – water. Water crafts wild Africa, conjuring up life wherever it journeys… travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities. Audiences will be plunged into fantastic places and meet amazing creatures.
On the journey through the magical realms of Africa, we’ll discover the fascinating secrets of this enchanted kingdom. How spectacular thermal geysers help turn thousands of flamingos pink, and create the perfect conditions for them to breed; why the heat beating down on waterless dunes in the Namib Desert forces a lizard to dance; and why it snows on the equator.
It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.
On a thrilling ride, we spin back in time to an extraordinary prehistoric world: Alaska 70 million years ago in the Cretaceous period: the last great flourish of the dinosaur era. Through the most ambitious CGI, we experience that world and meet an incredible variety of dinosaurs, most of whom have never been seen on the big screen before. They’re fighting, feeding, migrating, playing, hunting, just like scenes from a real wildlife film, but shot 70 million years ago. Science can take us so far but the evidence is incomplete. So how much do we know and how can we build on that with deduction and imagination to create a truly believable and life-like prehistoric world? In an elegant graphic world, we explore the complete picture of the dinosaurs’ world, but visually from the bones up, through answers to a series of ever more fascinating questions. The things you really want to know about dinosaurs.
In 1990, deep in the badlands of South Dakota, paleontologists unearthed the bones of a monster. Forty feet long and weighing several tons, the fossil skeleton was assembled and rebuilt into the largest, most complete T. rex ever discovered. Named Sue, this majestic icon of the dinosaurs has captured the imaginations of millions of museum visitors over the years. But her full story has yet to be told … until now.
Waking the T. rex: The Story of SUE traces the life of one of the most feared predators of the Cretaceous. Join scientists as they decipher fossil clues to piece together the lifelong struggles, from nest to death, of this famous tyrannosaurus. Witness her life events unfold, including an epic battle with a Triceratops, in a world where the only rule is eat or be eaten.
Waking the T. rex: The Story of SUE is a high-drama science adventure you won’t soon forget. After 67 million years, Sue is about to awaken — in roaring, bone-crunching, in your face, 3-D!
Turtle Reef 3D is a new emotionally inspiring story that explores the intimacies of the relationships between creatures on a coral reef in Hawaii during a 24-hour period. Explore the dynamic relationships and lifelong partnerships formed on coral reefs featuring the Hawaiian Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas). Endangered by overfishing, these turtles were brought to the brink of extinction before legislation in 1978 protected them. Today, the Hawaiian population is recovering, but in many other places elsewhere in the world, turtles face a grim future. Discover how closely the rhythm of their lives, their struggles, and their partnerships parallel our own. Turtle Reef is a new film from the award-winning team that produced the giant-screen Ocean Oasis.
Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherwordly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. Peer through the giant 3D canvas to an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our species, a time when humans shared the tundra with majestic woolly beasts.
Come on an extraordinary adventure into magical worlds beneath our feet that most of us never see – one where life is lived at an extraordinary intensive pace, where everything we know seems turned on its head. Experience the hidden kingdoms of the Enchanted Forest and the unforgiving desert of the Wild West.
From BBC Earth, this is the story of a day in the life of two little heroes: a scorpion mouse and a chipmunk. For each of them this will be a day they never forget. It’s a story of drama, danger and courage, of insight and revelation, a journey to discover and understand a new and fascinating natural history.
Using the incredibly immersive power of specialist 3D cameras, audiences will be transported in a very intimate way into another world. Visual effects will enhance the audience’s perception of scale as multi-layered backgrounds exaggerate the sense of miniaturization. Viewers will never see our planet the same way again.
Unlike other surfing documentaries, The Physics of Surfing is a 24-minute educational film that uncovers the physical science of ocean waves and the art of surfing. In this captivating presentation, the filmmakers explore how energy moves through water, building and combining its force, traveling thousands of miles over the course of weeks until the ocean floor underneath disrupts the wave’s formation and causes it to pitch up and collapse. The film also investigates the science behind various surfing styles and how surfers instinctively address such notions of gravity and buoyancy while using the energy of motion to ride waves.
Fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see.
We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little connection to our everyday world. Yet there are many kinds of reef, each of them a living city beneath the sea, where plants and animals congregate in mutual benefit. They have a parallel existence to ours, distant yet undoubtedly connected.
Each of them is a hotspot of biodiversity as vital to life on earth as the rainforests. Just as the Amazon has its secrets, so too do the reefs. Reefs have been molding and shaping our shorelines, literally forming islands and mountains, for millions of years. Yet in our lifetime, they have come under threat: human activity is altering the chemistry of the oceans. As the sea becomes more acidic, coral, shell and bone begin to crumble.
Shot on location in Palau, Vancouver Island, French Polynesia, Mexico, and The Bahamas, The Last Reef takes us on a global journey to explore our connection with the ocean’s complex, parallel worlds. New underwater 3D technology takes us into the heart of the reef, revealing a habitat more diverse and more colorful than you ever imagined…
What would it mean to us if one of these vibrant wonderlands were to become the last reef?
The story of the Settlement of the United States’ western frontier is told using the stories and words (from diaries and letters) of real life people while showing this astonishingly beautiful territory. The film chronicles the major events that contributed to the settlement of the western frontier beginning with the Louisiana purchase and ending when in 1890 the U.S. Census Bureau declared that there was no more frontier; it had been settled.
From the origins of the universe, to the present time in mankind’s exploration of the unknown, and forward into the future of what lies beyond the outer reaches, Space Unraveling the Cosmos brings audiences closer than ever before to the far off planets, galaxies, and terrestrial phenomenon that make up the limitless expanse all around us. Groundbreaking 4K/Ultra High Definition and 3D computer graphics immerse filmgoers within the mysteries of the cosmos in a way never before seen.
Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, SHARKS 3D is a breathtaking new three-dimensional film experience that offers audiences an astonishing up-close encounter with the Lions and Tigers of the Ocean. Come face-to-face with a multitude of shark species, including the Great White, Hammerhead, and Whale Shark. Witness them as they really are: not wicked man-eating creatures, but wild, fascinating and endangered animals that have been in existence a million years before dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Join the expert team of ocean explorers that brought you OCEAN WONDERLAND 3D on this unique round-the-globe expedition documenting the life of the ultimate predator.