This is the trailer for the giant screen film ANCIENT CAVES that is being shown at the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) conference in Toronto, October 2016. The trailer is in 4:3 aspect ratio as this is an OMNIMAX format dome original which will obviously look a little distorted and strangely composed on a small flat screen.
ANCIENT CAVES is the first giant screen film to be produced exclusively for OMNIMAX theaters in over 30 years.
Come to the GSCA conference and see this in IMAX!
Deep below the surface of the Bahamian island of Abaco, lies a secret cave few humans have ever visited. The journey here is dark and treacherous, but the cave contains valuable secrets of the Earth’s ancient climate. They are hidden in these formations, made of the purest calcite crystal. They were created by dripping water during an ice age, when sea levels were hundreds of feet lower and this cave was dry.
Brian Kakuk is a world-renowned cave explorer. Today he is on a mission to recover a stalagmite sample from deep inside the cave.
Scientists can analyze these crystal formations to unlock a valuable history of climate going back hundred of thousands of years.
Sixteen hundred miles away, at the University of Minnesota, cave paleoclimatologist Dr. Gina Moseley removes a sample from a stalagmite.
DR MOSELEY: Through looking at these deposits I get information about how the climate has changed in the past, how the sea level has changed in the past, and also how the landscape has evolved above the cave.
Dr. Moseley works with Dr. Larry Edwards, the world’s foremost expert in dating cave samples.
DR. EDWARDS: It turns out that one of the huge advantages of cave deposits is that you can date them really, really well.”
DR. MOSELEY: Oh Wow!
JOHN ACKERMAN: It’s incredible!
Doctor Edwards and Doctor Mosley began their work together exploring the Earth’s ancient climate in this dry cave in Minnesota.
JOHN ACKERMAN: Oh Gina, come take a look at this, would this be a good specimen?
DR. MOSELEY: That’s perfect. It’s already broken and it looks like a nice long record in there.
But as they gathered data from caves elsewhere around the globe, there were new questions about what causes the great fluctuations in the Earth’s temperature that lead to ice ages, droughts, and sea level change.
The answers require samples from some of the most difficult and dangerous places on Earth.
Ancient Caves is a giant screen film that follows expeditions to some of the world’s most astonishing caves in search of clues about our changing planet. The film takes viewers to the Nevada desert, the Yucatan in Mexico, and the deep, stunningly beautiful and treacherous Crystal Cave in the Bahamas.
DR. MOSELEY: I love the journey you go in, in a cave. You never know what’s around the next corner.”
Ancient Caves is the first giant screen film in more than 30 years to be shot and produced specifically for the OMNIMAX format.
Shot with a combination of traditional 15/70 and high-tech ultra-high resolution digital cameras, our film crew can go where traditional cameras cannot.
Ancient Caves is a science adventure film and a story of exploration. The underwater sequences will be shot in the most beautiful and dangerous caves in the world.
DR. MOSELEY: Anything below the current sea level is hard for us to get to so we’re reliant on diving experts basically to collect the samples for us and it’s dangerous work and as a result of that there has been limited work done below sea level.”
Caves offer an incredible environment for OMNIMAX because there is something to see in all directions--even straight up. It’s perfect for the immersion experience that only these theaters can provide.