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Mysteries of the Great Lakes Marketing Guide


James (Jim) Marchbank, Executive Director
David Lickley, Director and Producer
James Lahti, Line Producer and Editor
Reed Smoot, A.S.C., Director of Photography
Stephen Low, Writer
Ronald M. Bruch, Biologist
Brenda Tremblay, Director - Distribution Unit

Executive Producer: James (Jim) Marchbank

Jim Marchbank has been the Chief Executive Officer of Science North for over 20 years. In the early 1990s, he initiated the construction of the IMAX Theatre at Science North, and has been involved in the large format film industry ever since. In 1996, Jim assembled a Production Unit within Science North to create educational IMAX films. He served as executive producer of the IMAX films Gold Fever and Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees, and was the supervising producer of Bears. Jim also served as president of the Giant Screen Theatre Association. Jim’s fundraising and project management skills have enabled Science North to become a world leader in the production of IMAX films, as well as the only science centre in the world with an in-house IMAX production unit. In addition, Jim oversaw the successful expansion of Science North to a multi-attraction operation, which includes a mining and geology science centre called Dynamic Earth. During his tenure, Science North and Dynamic Earth have developed into two of the most innovative and imitated science centres in the world.

Director and Producer: David Lickley

David Lickley is the Director of Large Format Films at Science North.  He holds a BSC from Acadia University and a Masters in Biology from University of Alberta.  As a biologist turned film maker, David’s passion for the natural world is evident in his films delivering a message of conservation for future generations.  Joining the Science North team in 1984, it was here that he pioneered the development of a unique multimedia experience called “object theatre”.  Based on this concept, David’s first film Shooting Star, a 3D 70mm film and laser show made its debut and over the years played to thousands of viewers in the Science North Cavern. In 1999 he produced and directed Gold Fever, which was the runner up for best IMAX film at La Géode International IMAX Festival that same year.  Following the success of Gold Fever, Bears hit the giant screen in 2001 appearing in over 80 theatres worldwide.  David then traveled to Gombe National Park in Tanzania where he filmed Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees, a collaboration between Science North, the Science Museum of Minnesota, Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Jane Goodall Institute. Since its release in 2002, it has been screened in nearly 100 theatres throughout North America, Asia and Europe.  Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees received the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s award for Best Film for Lifelong Learning in 2003.  David is currently working on several films in development including Arctic Odyssey – Journey to the Top of the World and Wild China - Land of the Panda.

Line Producer and Editor: James Lahti

James Lahti is one of the most experienced and talented giant screen film editors and producers in the industry, and has nearly 20 IMAX films to his credit.  Before turning his hand to the IMAX format, James worked in the feature film and television industries as both a producer and an editor. His large format film credits include: Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees, Gold Fever, Bears, Great North, Titanica, Super Speedway, Whales, Galapagos, Mark Twain’s America, Across the Sea of Time, Flight of the Aquanaut, and The Last Buffalo.

Director of Photography: Reed Smoot, A.S.C.

Reed Smoot is a specialist in the production and photography of lMAX films, and he has worked in the giant screen film industry for over 20 years.  His credits include: U2 3D, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees, Mystic India, and Mysteries of Egypt.  Three of his films, Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man, Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure and Mystery of the Nile received the Giant Screen Theater Association’s award for Best Large Format Cinematography. He recently completed work as director of photography within a visual effects unit on Indiana Jones IV for Dreamworks Pictures. In May 2001, Reed was presented with the Kodak Vision Award for outstanding contributions to large format filmmaking, and is an active member of the American Society of Cinematographers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Reed also served as cinematographer for the 1973 Academy Award winning documentary feature, The Great American Cowboy.

Writer: Stephen Low

Stephen Low is an established and respected producer, director and writer within the large format film industry. He has directed and written over a dozen IMAX films. Stephen’s credits include The Last Buffalo, Titanica, Super Speedway, Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, and Fighter Pilot: OperationRed Flag, Gold Fever, and Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees. His nature classic, Beavers is one of the most successful IMAX films ever made, and has screened in over 150 IMAX theatres worldwide. Stephen has also directed more 3D IMAX films than any other director in the industry, and has shot in some of the most difficult and dangerous locations on the planet including the wreck of the Titanic, and volcanoes deep within the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Stephen brings his considerable expertise to the Mysteries of the Great Lakes team as a writer, production consultant, and as a second unit director for underwater and aquatic sequences. Stephen’s innovative approach to filmmaking has resulted in over 50 awards worldwide, including the prestigious Grierson Award for Achievement in Documentary Film and, most recently, the Kodak Vision Award for Lifetime Achievement, presented by the Giant Screen Cinema Association.

Biologist: Ronald M. Bruch

When Ron Bruch first held a sturgeon as a child, it was love at first sight.  From that moment, he knew that he wanted to make the protection of sturgeon his life’s work. He continues to be a passionate advocate for the conservation of this ancient species of fish.

Dr. Ronald Bruch holds a Ph.D and M.Sc. in zoology and a B.Sc. in biology. He is a Senior Fisheries Biologist/Work Unit Supervisor with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and has over 30 years’ experience working as a fisheries biologist there.

Ron serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Applied Ichthyology and is a member of several sturgeon conservation groups including the World Sturgeon Conservation Society. He has written numerous scientific publications regarding the health of sturgeon populations in the Great Lakes region.

Director, Distribution Unit: Brenda Tremblay

Brenda Tremblay has been with Science North since 1988, and is an associate director within Science North’s business development unit.  Her experience and contacts within the giant screen film industry are significant assets of Science North’s new distribution unit.  Brenda has experience overseeing operations, programming and marketing for all of Science North’s attractions, including the IMAX Theatre.  She has served on the Giant Screen Cinema Association’s (GSCA) marketing and conference committee, and has also served as co-chair of the GSCA awards committee.



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