Movie opens at Carnegie Science Center’s Rangos Omnimax Theater – Pittsburgh’s biggest screen June 13, 2014 with daily show times
Big screen documentary features inventive slow motion underwater images
For most of us, all that we know about great white sharks was learned by watching the movie “JAWS”. We learned that they are basically eating machines and to go after one you will need “a bigger boat”.
Great White Sharks have been around since before even the dinosaurs. In their evolution they have “learned” to regulate their body temperature as well as give birth to live pups much like mammals. While we consider land carnivores like lions, tigers and bears to be almost cuddly, we hold a different attitude when it comes to the Great Whites.
While this brand new IMAX film may not dispel our fears and leave us with a warm and fuzzy feeling it does courageously dive into dangerous water to tell the true story of these most misunderstood animals that top the oceanic food chain. The movie is distributed by Giant Screen Films and is produced by Yes/No Productions and Liquid Pictures and is narrated by Bill Nighy (“Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean”.
It took three years of filming in the world Great White “hot spots” such as Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and California in order to examine exactly what is known about these incredible animals. The film looks through the eyes of several people whose lives and work are melded to the Great Whites.
“Our mission is to change people’s attitudes toward the great white,” said Steve McNicholas, co-director of the film. “It’s not the menacing, evil predator it’s made out to be. It’s simply performing its crucial role at the top of the ocean’s food chain. Great whites are not monsters any more than the polar bears or lions that we revere.”
One of the big features of the 40 minute film is the uniquely designed camera that was used in shooting the underwater scenes. This new film technology enables the filmmakers to capture high resolution slow-motion underwater footage that was previously thought impossible.
The mission of the film is to bring to light the plight of the Great White and sharks in general as they try to recover from the onslaught of the greatest predator of all…man. Over one third of all open ocean shark species are considered endangered due to the 73 million sharks killed by fishermen each year for shark fin soup. Coupled with this is the problem of juvenile Great Whites that are regularly accidentally snared in gill nets in certain fisheries off California and Mexico has scientists alarmed that there may only be a few hundred adult and juvenile Great White Sharks remaining off the West Coast.
“Their future is now in our hands,” says scientist Dr. Geoff Shester. “Listing great white sharks as an endangered species is the best way to afford reasonable protections from fishing, while promoting research to ensure they remain part of the ocean ecosystem for another million years to come.”
For more information about Great White Shark at Carnegie Science Center, including prices and showtimes, visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org. For more information about Great White Shark, visit www.greatwhitesharkfilm.com.
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes, and off-site education programs.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.
About Giant Screen Films
Giant Screen Films (GSF) is one of the world’s leading large-format/giant screen film production and distribution companies. GSF’s mission is to create and share films that push the boundaries of the large-format medium, challenging the imaginations of children and adults alike. At the core of this mission is a dedication to the partnerships that bring a diverse range of subjects to the screen and, through meaningful educational collaborations, extend each film’s impact beyond the theater.
About Yes/No Productions
Founded in 1992 by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, Yes/No Productions was originally established to manage the enterprise of their world-renowned rhythm based show, STOMP. Since its founding, Luke and Steve created and developed critically-acclaimed large-format and feature length films and diverse and imaginative programming for network and cable television, including an Emmy-nominated and award-winning HBO special. They have also created television commercials for Toyota, Target, Heineken and Australian Apples and continue to manage STOMP.
Yes/No Productions is also committed to making immersive 3D films that take the audience on an inspirational journey while addressing environmental issues that affect us all.
About Liquid Pictures
One of the most experienced production companies currently working in 3D films and television, Liquid Pictures produces and collaborates with many of the world’s leading media companies. The company’s creativity and expertise spans stereoscopic production; from designing its own groundbreaking 3D camera systems, refining shooting techniques and 3D workflow to final screen presentation in 3D theaters and homes. The proprietary Liquid Pictures 3D Digital Cinema Camera System technology stands among the most advanced in the world.
The multi-award-winning Liquid Pictures team and its founder, producer, cinematographer and visual artist D.J. Roller have contributed to several landmark 3D films, including Ghosts of the Abyss 3D, U2 3D, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Wild Ocean and The Last Reef: Cities Beneath The Sea.
Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, the group has protected millions of square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 550,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe. To learn more, please visit: www.oceana.org.
WildAid is the only organization to focus on reducing the demand for wildlife products with the strong and simple message: when the buying stops, the killing can too. WildAid works with Asian and Western celebrities and business leaders to dissuade people from purchasing wildlife products via public service announcements and educational initiatives, reaching up to one billion people per week in China alone. For more information: www.wildaid.org.
Bite-Back is an energetic, innovative and pioneering shark and marine conservation charity with a clear focus and a ‘let’s get things done’ attitude. Bite-Back is running successful campaigns to end the sale of shark fin soup in Britain. It is busy exposing UK retailers that profit from shark-derived products and inspiring them to stop. It is challenging the UK’s leading supermarkets to end the sale of vulnerable fish and changing the way Britain goes shopping.
Bite-Back’s campaigns have been shaped by the fact that over-fishing is the single biggest threat facing the marine environment and that over-consumption is the root cause. For that reason, Bite-Back’s campaigns set out to ‘buy time’ for the marine environment by lowering consumer and retailer demand for threatened marine life and therefore the urgency to hunt for key species including sharks, swordfish, marlin, monkfish and skates/rays.
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