[Updated: May 12, 2016 | Originally published: April 24, 2015.]
On a stunning and kinetic rail journey across the North American continent, Train Time reveals the hidden inner workings of the modern railroad. The film will explore how, over the course of more than two centuries, the world’s railroads have helped to shape modern nation states, propelling goods and commodities and enabling smooth functioning economies. Combining stunning imagery and a people-oriented story line, the film will explore the science and engineering of railroading: how trains and locomotives are designed . . . how and where they are built . . . how they have evolved over the years . . . what makes them so inherently efficient . . . what the future holds . . . and more.
Captured for IMAX® screens by the director of the celebrated IMAX Experience Rocky Mountain Express, the Train Time project is being filmed in classic 15/70mm film, the world’s largest motion picture format. The project is slated for release in IMAX and other giant screen theaters beginning February 2018.
Filming for Train Time continues through summer 2016 with sites across North America. Production for Train Time was initiated in mid-July, 2015 with 6 days of aerial filming along western rail routes (July 16-21, 2015). Working with a gyrostabilized Spacecam-equipped helicopter, crew and director filmed 15/70 motion picture aerial views of train operations and spectacular western landscapes spanning from Los Angeles to Seattle. Shots included trains in California on the Cajon Pass, in Tehachapi and Central Valley as well as stunning views of trains passing at gorges near the Columbia River between The Dalles and Bend in Washington and Oregon states.
[Updated: December 11, 2015 | Originally published: March 7, 2015.]
About the Project
Secrets of the Universe, a film project for giant screen theaters aims to capture the excitement and groundbreaking science unfolding at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN–one of the largest scientific enterprises ever undertaken by humankind. Initial production work for the project began in late 2014 with research and shooting at the CERN super-collider facility which sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. The film is slated for release summer 2017.
The objectives for the Secrets of the Universe giant screen project are: to stimulate greater public interest and excitement for science; educate viewers on the amazing developments in particle physics and instil an appreciation for the value of scientific research and; inspire the youth, specifically women and minorities, to consider a path in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
[Updated: May 12, 2016 | Originally published: March 8, 2015.]
Now in production, The Trolley will propel audiences on an electrifying journey through great cities across the globe to tell the story of a remarkable invention and its impact on civilization. Over the course of several months (2013–2014), the production team for The Trolley has filmed in Geneva, Lyon, Montpellier, Marseille, Nice, Milan, Toronto and Hong Kong. Release of the film in giant screen theaters is now scheduled for September 2016.
Born in the 19th century workshop of young American inventor Frank Sprague, the first electric trolley was embraced as a miracle of the electric age—a device that would re-invent civilization. And it did. Created expressly for giant IMAX® screens The Trolley propels audiences on a kinetic, electrifying and music-charged journey through great cities across the globe, revealing the trolley’s own roller coaster ride: from humble birth to explosive, world-transforming success, to near obliteration in the automobile age, to its technological renaissance in the 21st century. From the trolley’s kinetic vantage, we witness a century and-a-half of explosive change and discover the hidden magic of the trolley itself.
About the Project
Geared for giant screen exhibition in museums and science and technology centers globally, The Trolley addresses the history and science behind public transit and the evolution of cities—focusing on the remarkable technology of electrified rail (trolleys, trams, light rail etc.) and its potential in a carbon-constrained world. The project is produced with support from Bombardier Transportation and the cooperation of participating cities and transit authorities.
Working title: The Trolley
Running time: approx. 45-min.
Director: Stephen Low
Producer: City of the Future Films Inc. / The Stephen Low Company
Distributor: Stephen Low Distribution Inc.