The dream of flying has captivated human imagination since prehistoric times. Even with the advent of aircrafts and the increasing availability of air travel, the ancient question stays with us: What if we could simply spread our arms and fly like a bird?
Wingsuit flight is a groundbreaking phenomenon that has adrenaline junkies traveling the world in search of one exhilarating experience after the next. Our flyers have set records searching out the most exciting locations to take longer and more daring flights. In this epic 40-minute IMAX experience, we catch a ride with some of the best flyers in the world as they journey to incredible mountaintops while teaching us the art and science of human flight. The film is both a first and third person perspective from the flyers themselves and a name Voice Over. It will feature incredible footage from POV helmet cameras, flying drones, and helicopter rigs.
What’s behind the pilot and the suit? How can they fly longer and faster? Will man ever fly without a chute? We answer those questions and more while exploring the burgeoning counter culture of wingsuit pilots, whose lives are dedicated to chasing the thrill and pursuit of human flight.
For the general public, often sharks are lumped into one category … that is feared. However, sharks and consequent shark behavior is incredibly diverse. Most species would be relatively safe to take a “dip” with. However, there are two species that vie for the top predator prize in the community of sharks … the Great White shark and the Bull shark both compete for the distinction as the apex predator of the deep. The Great White is the largest of the carnivorous shark species and are the perfect killing machine. The Bull Shark, although smaller is more aggressive and considered by many experts to be the more dangerous of the two species. They are among the most ferocious of all sharks.
Both species have finely tuned electro-magnetic sensory abilities to locate and hunt prey. In a scientific-first experiment, Shark Wars: The Ultimate Predator will explore how their abilities compare and push their highly developed sensory systems to the limit.
Shark Wars will capture previously unseen shark behavior for the first time on the planet, in virtual darkness, in shark hot spots in Fiji and Australia. Our filming platform will be a revolutionary shark cage, taking its design from the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. Using this cutting edge technology, renowned shark researcher Dr. Will Robbins will conduct an incredible two-phase research experiment to more fully understand the super senses of these fearsome animals to determine which shark is the ultimate predator.
A civilization that rose to become the envy of the world, only to disappear … a mystery waiting to be unlocked by modern archaeologists, scientists and explorers.
Following an epic spree of religious building whose scale and ambition rivals the pyramids of Egypt, Angkor is the scene of one of the greatest vanishing acts of all time. The Khmer kingdom lasted from the 9th to the 15th centuries and at its height dominated a large swathe of South-East Asia from Myanmar to the west to Vietnam in the East. As many as one million people lived in Angkor, the capital, which sprawled across an area the size of New York’s five boroughs, making it the most extensive urban complex of the pre-industrial world. By the late 16th Century, the once resplendent capital of the empire, with its thousands of elaborate temples and religious monuments, was being overrun by the surrounding jungles.
Many experts have attempted to provide answers, and theories abound. 1300 carved inscriptions survive on temple doorjambs but the Khmer people of Angkor left not a single word explaining their kingdom’s collapse. This will be a visually stunning film … an epic adventure where science, mystery and ancient civilization intersect.
500 million years ago life left this blue womb and colonized the land, but we are still intricately linked to the ocean. Our climates, coastlines, ecosystems, and economies are tied to the perpetual movement of water between continents. The great ocean currents are the arteries and veins of Planet Earth! This is the story of one particularly fascinating flow – the East Australian Current, a massive oceanic river that stretches the length of Australia’s east coast.
Mighty. Rugged. Magnificent.
Mountains tower above the plains and dominate the skyline. Critical to life – they fill our rivers, sway the weather, and provide sanctuary to incredibly diverse wildlife. They are as beautiful as they are dangerous – and for a brave few, they are the source of incredible adventure.
Follow Australian Olympic gold medalist, Torah Bright, as she journeys through the great American Cordillera, the world’s longest chain of mountain ranges extending from Antarctica all the way to Alaska. Along the journey, Torah will encounter world-class snow athletes, scientists, and environmentalists who all seek a deeper understanding of the mountains that inspire them.
From glaciated valleys to icy tundras, we’ll venture through the mountain’s most awe-inspiring vistas. We’ll discover the crucial role mountains play in our ecosystem and every day life, while witnessing the most spectacular snowboard action ever brought to the giant screen!
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.
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. Mountain Quest 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 is narrated by Willem Dafoe and was released in 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’s Great Wild North 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.
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.
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.
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?
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all—that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, he invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet – and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey.
Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D introduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control, and takes them to remarkable and vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini.
Mysteries of China captures one of the great archaeological events in modern times telling the story of ancient China, the First Emperor, and the literal foundation of the China we know today. Starting with modern China and springing back as we seek the birth of this mighty nation, we talk of an ancient time when a fierce warrior brought together a warring nation, and how an accidental discovery changed everything we know about China’s past.
It happened in 1974 when farmers digging a well in Xi’an stumbled upon one of the greatest archaeological finds the world had ever discovered – the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of the First Emperor. The Terracotta Warriors offer a unique time capsule into the past revealing many things about the very founding of this great country which we use to tell a larger story of the growth of China into a true superpower.
From modern China to ancient China and back again, the film is a visual adventure using beautiful aerial photography and cutting-edge time-lapse techniques to reveal great majesty, tragedy, splendor, and growth in a nation that continues to excel quickly into the future.
Audiences will be captivated as they are transported into a magical, Hogwarts-like, neo-gothic museum, to enjoy a thrilling adventure as strange and exotic beasts emerge from their display cases and come back to life. But this is not just a Hollywood fantasy – Museum Alive 3D is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between leading the museum experts and prize-winning special effects animators who together create the most scientifically accurate and photo-realistic film of extinct creatures based on the latest interpretations of the fossil evidence.
Providing the link between specimens is a naturalist (David Attenborough) who has been given the privilege of visiting the museum after hours, and who chooses ten of the most scientifically significant and visually exhilarating animals to showcase. By resurrecting them in incredible “living” detail, the film allows Attenborough to interact with them as if they had never died out, while demonstrating how they would have behaved when alive.
Museum Alive 3D unites stunning visuals, exciting story-telling and the latest science to create an experience that is spectacular, enlightening, and fun for young and old.
Incredible Predators deconstructs the world of major predators as never before, taking an intimate look at the remarkable strategies they use to success. Unveiling the most dramatic events, Incredible Predators tells the story of the contests between predators and their prey, showcasing how these supreme species have to be at the very peak of performance to have any chance of success. Advanced filming techniques expose the planet’s top predators in extraordinary footage. Using new high-resolution thermal cameras, Incredible Predators reveals the stealth of the leopard. For the first time, we capture the polar bear in action with four different hunting techniques used in the summer. Come on the journey as we follow them into the midst of the pack ice as they hunt for bearded seals. Alongside dramatic animal behavior, spectacular scenics and aerials, the film reveals the unique relationship between the planet’s predators and prey as a fundamental building block of ecology.