The latest IMAX movie is out at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, The movie was filmed in the tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Underwater filming was done with big cameras (IMAX 15perf/65mm) and artificial lights to get the realism of the sea- I learned that the colors underwater are mainly blues and greens. The story features Jawi, a young island boy, and his under and on water adventures learning about the environment and sea life on the “floating schoolhouse” the Kalabia. I attended the sneak preview (the film opened Feb. 14). At times while watching the movie, I found myself dreaming I was under water in my own special aquarium. The filmmakers were available after the movie for a special Q&A. The filmmaker’s young grandkids even asked questions, which I found adorable. If you love nature-based IMAX movies like I do and/or have children 5 and over, I recommend this movie. Where else will you get to see unique species of sea horses and experience a swim with a whale shark? I hear it’s a 65-hour trip.
More about the movie filmmakers (from the press release and production notes):
An IMAX Entertainment and MacGillivray Freeman Films presentation, Journey to the South Pacific is directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest) and Stephen Judson (Everest, The Alps), and produced by Shaun MacGillivray (To The Arctic, Grand Canyon Adventure) and Mark Krenzien (Adventures in Wild California, Arabia). Filmed with IMAX 15perf/65mm film cameras, Journey to the South Pacific is written by Stephen Judson (Everest, To The Arctic) with a musical score by Steve Wood. The film is narrated by Cate Blanchett.
An ardent ocean conservationist, MacGillivray and his wife Barbara recently founded the One World One Ocean Foundation, a non‐profit public charity devoted to ocean science education through giant‐screen films and companion programming. Journey to the South Pacific is the second film that MacGillivray Freeman Films has produced in association with the One World One Ocean Foundation (www.oneworldoneocean.org), following To The Arctic.
(Photos: courtesy of Reuben H. Fleet Science Center)