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UNDER THE SEA 3D

About The Production
Excerpt from Howard Hall's Production Journal: January 11, 2008. As I write this, we are at 30,000 feet, en route to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Today is one year and three days since Michele and I began preproduction on this, our most ambitious IMAX 3D production ever. The logistics have been daunting. I can't wait to get my hands on the ridiculously huge camera and slate it with brace #1. Soon I'll be making that first dive and, for me, that's what it's all about.

Filmed with the incomparable scope and clarity of IMAX technology, "Under the Sea 3D” offers an intimate look into an underwater world few people have ever seen, and the exquisitely beautiful, sometimes treacherous and often comical creatures that live there. "Most people don't even know these animals exist,” says director Howard Hall, a renowned documentary filmmaker and diver with extensive experience capturing marine wildlife on film. Hall, the first person to take an IMAX 3D camera underwater, in the 1994 feature "Into the Deep,” also serves as director of photography on "Under the Sea 3D.”

"In addition to Great White Sharks, you'll see creatures like the Dwarf Minke Whale, the Chambered Nautilus and Big Fin Reef Squid. Our main goal in making these films is to bring animals that are little known, or not known at all, to the screen, to let people see how strange and wonderful they are. Plus,” Hall adds with a smile, "it gives me an excuse to go play in the ocean”— a passion he has been pursuing, and sharing, for more than 30 years.

With an aim toward protecting the ocean wildlife for future generations, Hall also believes, "People need a reason to care about coral reefs. My hope is that once they see these animals and realize that they're not only remarkably beautiful but that they have their own interesting behaviors and personalities, they will fall in love with them and think it would be nice to have them around in coming years.

"There are many issues concerning the marine environment, certainly too many to cover within the context of one film,” he acknowledges. "On our previous film, we touched upon the importance of biodiversity; this time, we address the potential effect of climate change on ocean life.”

Having explored areas off the coast of California and the Baja Peninsula, North Carolina, British Columbia, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii and the Bahamas for "Deep Sea 3D,” Hall and his team wanted the new film to extend into more remote locales. Production Journal : October 15, 2008, Gunung Api Island. For those interested in looking at our location today on Google Earth, you probably won't even see the island. This is a small rock less than a mile in diameter. It sticks up like one end of a football and that shape extends down into very deep water. There are only a couple of narrow ridges where we can put our feet down to work. Mostly the bottom is rubble or volcanic rock. Below one hundred feet, though, the invertebrate life becomes prolific and spectacular.

Says Hall, "For ‘Under the Sea 3D,' we wanted to introduce audiences to some of the most exotic marine life, and that meant more distant and less accessible regions.” "There are always more stories to tell,” adds Michele Hall, an avid diver herself as well as a wildlife photographer and producer for Howard Hall Productions, whose creative collaborations with her husband include "Deep Sea 3D” and the IMAX feature documentaries "Into the Deep” and "Island of the Sharks.” "We raised the bar geographically this time by traveling to New Guinea, Australia and Indonesia to show people the variety of marine wildlife in those waters.”

Just north of Australia and the Coral Sea lies a vast region known as the Coral Triangle. Spanning several hundred miles, it encompasses the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines

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