Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema Announce That Principal Photography on The Ice Age is Underway
Thursday, September 29, 2011


CONTACT: Don Kempf, 847-475-9140, dkempf@d3dcinema.com


EVANSTON, IL (September 29, 2011) - GSF & D3D officially commenced with production on The Ice Age on October 7 in Los Angeles.  In the first week of production, the team captured tar pit and sloth cave sequences into which Frima Studios will composite the Pleistocene’s CG animals: Columbian mammoths, sabertooth cats, dire wolves and the giant Shasta ground sloth. The production next moves to Yellowstone National Park’s picturesque Lamar Valley to shoot backplates for the wintery steppe tundra, environs once home to the iconic wooly mammoth.

“After years in development, we’re thrilled to see The Ice Age production in full swing,” said Andy Wood, Producer and SVP with GSF/D3D.  “It’s a tremendous topic for museum and zoo theaters, a story that touches on so many disciplines relevant to understanding today’s climate and extinction challenges.  Through the context of the Pleistocene – a backdrop populated with iconic woolly giants – the film will explore the critical interplay between adaptation, habitat-loss, human innovation and global climate change.  In short, our aim is to marry a timely environmental story with one of the best creature films produced in the medium.”

Reed Smoot, the film’s Director of Photography and longtime giant screen authority, is shooting on a 3D RED Epic 5K rig.  The Ice Age will mark the first giant screen release to be captured on the 5K digital format.

Developed with a planning grant from the National Science Foundation and produced by Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema, in association with The Field Museum, The Ice Age will release in digital 3D and giant screen theaters in September 2012.



About Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema

Giant Screen Films (GSF) is one of the world's leading large-format/IMAX® 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 far beyond the theater. Over the past three years, GSF's productionsWild OceanDinosaurs Alive, and Egypt/Mummies have generated over $100 million in box office within the giant screen network. GSF recently released one of the most highly anticipated large-format films of the past decade, the NSF-funded Tornado Alley, and is now in production on a groundbreaking ocean conservation film, The Last Reef (February 2012).



D3D Cinema (D3D) offers complete digital 3D cinema solutions and services to museum and attraction industry clients worldwide, providing a unique partnership approach to cinema design and 3D content production built around four core capabilities - theater design and installation; touring exhibition theaters; an award-winning library of 3D film content; and custom signature film production. D3D recently released its first digital 3D production, Waking the T. rex: The Story of SUE, featured as the signature 3D experience at the Field Museum in Chicago. D3D’s next production, The Ice Age, co-produced with GSF, will premiere globally in summer 2012 as well as serve as the companion film to the Field Museum’s “Mammoths and Mastodons” touring exhibition.


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