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Science North Productions | Films in Production | Films in Development

In 1994 Science North opened its IMAX Theatre in Sudbury, Ontario on time and on budget, having completed construction in less than 12 months during the coldest winter in 42 years. With the doors of our theatre open, we immediately began development of our own large format films. Since then, we have produced three large format films and have several more in the works. We are the only science centre in the world with an in-house large format films production unit and we have built a reputation as a specialist in environmental and natural history themes. Our first nature film Bears, was the most successful natural history large format film of 2001 and has been booked in nearly 80 theatres to date and counting. We followed that up with the release of Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees, which won the award for Best Film for Lifelong Learning at the Giant Screen Theater Association in 2003, was runner-up for the Best Theatrical Film at the Jackson Hole International Wildlife Film Festival and was a finalist for Best Film at the GSTA conference in 2004. With nearly one hundred leases already, and many more in negotiation, it too is a critical and box office success.

Our entry into this high impact medium came about because of two factors. One was our extensive experience in the production of multi-media theatres for our Science Centre, experience that has since translated into a successful business that has consistently produced shows of the highest quality for clients around the world. The second was our recognition that the IMAX Theatre experience is only as good as the product. Like so many science centres, we saw the need for a continuing supply of films that combined education with a high level of entertainment and visitor satisfaction, something we had been doing already in all levels of our organization. Thus, Science North Large Format Films was born.

Since its conception, we have shot for over 70 in some of the most difficult locations in the world. We’ve lit the interior of the largest Buddhist temple in Thailand and we’ve swung the camera through trees with chimpanzees in Africa. We’ve held our ground while an 800-pound grizzly bear charged directly at us, and we’ve logged enough chopper time to fly from Nairobi to New York City. We’ve partnered with other science centres like the Ontario Science Centre, and the Science Museum of Minnesota. We’ve collaborated with world-renowned scientists like Dr. Jane Goodall, and with conservation organizations like the National Wildlife Federation. We’ve had our films funded by corporations like Barrick Gold, and the Bank of America, and by government organizations such as Heritage Canada and the US National Science Foundation. To date, our films have been booked in well over a hundred and fifty venues and this number continues to rise. Above all, we’ve kept our commitment to produce films that fulfill our mission create inspiring and educational large format films.


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