Sunday, July 24, 2016

Second Event

Ticket Stub from the Tech Museum
For my second event blog I watched Journey to Space by acclaimed filmmaker Greg MacGillivray. In his spectacular IMAX film, MacGillivray showcases some beautiful imagery ranging from prairie dogs and salmon-fishing brown bears. His main concern is the land scape, using impressive filming techniques to capture expansive scenery onto the IMAX screen. Employing the enormous IMAX cameras in extremely difficult situations ranging from white-water rapids to raging fires, and using close-up wide view shots to show an extraordinary geographical image  The end result is a masterful piece that engages the viewer into a beautiful artwork of Earth's most visually stunning parks. 

Movie Poster
Throughout the film there is a theme of healing and preserving these amazing national parks. Narrated by academy award winner Robert Redford, the picture stresses the sacredness of the land, particularly from the lens of Native American's. It is a powerful piece that shows the strength and impact that amazing artworks can have on some of the world's most pressing issues. Over-population and pollution are two big problems that threaten the worlds national parks, and hopefully many who see this film are able to get a good sense of how delicate the Earth really is.

The actual shooting of this film is a masterpiece in itself. Continuing with the theme of preservation, MacGillivray stayed away from digital cameras and actually tracked down the world’s last remaining inventory of special plastic-based film that is able to withstand extreme temperatures. He uses a combination of 70mm and 3D technology to immerse the viewer in incredible landscapes. This film could quite possibly be the final work to be shot and produced with traditional old school IMAX camera's.

I would highly recommend this IMAX film to anyone. It is an incredible masterpiece that engages the viewer into a world that is not often thought of on a daily basis. Not often do people in American society stop to think about how our national parks are doing, let alone nature itself. This film allows the viewer to take a trip to some of the worlds most amazing beauties, and has the power to make people rethink their actions when it comes to recycling, and pollution. If enough people change their way of thinking to preservation of nature, it will hopefully
eventually create a big enough impact towards preservation.
Traditional IMAX camera

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