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IMAX Takes Us Undersea in the Galapagos Outline I did my report on IMAX Takes Us Undersea in the Galapagos This was an amazing feat that these scientists accomplished The Galapagos is located in the Pacific Ocean 100 yards off the coast of Marchena in the Ecuador Although located on the Equator strong ocean currents from the southeast bring in cold nutrient-rich water a large reason why the Galapagos has such lush marine life A 40-odd-member crew of scientists set out for a month to film this 3D movie Co-produced by the Smithsonian Institution and IMAX Limited of Toronto the film first premiered at the National Museum of Natural Historys Johnson IMAX theater The movie follows Smithsonian ichthyologist Carole Baldwin on her first visit to the Galapagos the cluster of volcanic islands that straddles the Equator 600 miles off the Ecuadorian main land made world famous by the brief visit of the English naturalist more than 150 years ago The archipelagos remoteness its unique plants and animals and its geological newness inaddition to the remarkable docile nature of its animal inhabitants helped spark Charles Darwins revolutionary theory that life evolved through the mechanism of the natural selection The expedition I join is not an ordinary documentary film shoot because it is being filmed in a new format Only about a dozen 3D IMAX films have been shot and the technology is new cumbersome and challenging Production faces one problem after another Just 3 weeks earlier two film crewmembers Bill Raisner and Noel Archambault had died in a plane accident The current generation of natural history filmmakers is not satisfied with just getting the shot These days the pressure is on to do it with high cinematographic standards for a sophisticated audience that wants increasingly greater visual thrills Such endeavors carry high risks Three-dimensional IMAX represents the latest leap in large-format filmmaking technology that began in 1970 with the 2D IMAX now featured
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