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Into the Deep

It’s the closest to underwater heaven one could get - without getting wet!

Deep Sea 3D, currently showing at the Coca-Cola IMAX Theatre at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, takes the audience below the ocean surface to ‘’swim’’ with some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures – from the unusual wolf eel, to the giant Pacific octopus - as they exhibit their peculiar and amazing behavior while relying on one another for survival.

Directed by world–renowned underwater cinematographer, Howard Hall, and narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, with an original score by Danny Elfman, Deep Sea in IMAX 3D was shot in multiple locations to profile animals never before seen in 3D.

"One of the things that people don’t really seem to understand is the relationship between biodiversity and the health of the environment. The eco-systems work because of the interrelationships between the animals. It’s very simplistic to think that you can just take an animal out of the eco-system and it’s not missed. The message that we’re trying to get out in the film is that biodiversity is important because these ecosystems are communities," Hall said.

The courageous crew set out to the world’s best sites to capture their survey of the diversity of life. Among the sites are:

 The Sea of Cortez, between the Baja peninsula and Mexico, where the crew filmed the Humboldt Squid, which, in their words, ‘’was probably the most difficult thing we did."

 Catalina Island on the coast of California where they filmed the tiny powerhouse called the Mantis Shrimp; the crew was able to document a face-off between the shrimp and a hungry octopus.

 The Breakwater off Monterey, where jellyfish were filmed, along with a multicolored thief called a Rainbow Nudibranch.

 Kona, Hawaii, where the Turtle Spa was filmed showing the symbiotic relationship between giant turtles and little surgeonfish.

 The Bahamas, where Lemon Sharks, Caribbean Reef Sharks, grouper, coral reef and a litany of fish and other creatures were filmed. Here the filmmakers were confronted by the aggressive Tiger Sharks.

 The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico where the annual coral spawning was filmed.

 British Columbia, Canada coast of Vancouver Island, where the cameras captured swarms of jellyfish, several Wolf Eels and a Giant Pacific Octopus on the hunt.

(Visit the website at www.smcinema.com. for more info on Deep Sea 3D)

Published Saturday, September 15, 2007 8:19 AM by Laura Tierney


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