Follow our latest projects for the giant screen.
- Aircraft Carrier 3D (43-min) — World Premiere May 25, 2017 — Now in theaters. [updated May 25, 2017]
Films we have in the works:
- The Trolley — in production [updated March 14, 2017]
- Train Time — in production [updated March 23, 2017]
- Secrets of the Universe 3D — in production [updated April 16, 2017]
- Pegasus and the Dragon — in development [updated April 11, 2017]
Productions are referenced by their current working titles.
[ Updated: May 25, 2017 | Originally published: April 30, 2015.]
Aircraft Carrier 3D had its World Premiere May 24, 2017 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC. Visit our Aircraft Carrier project page.
[Updated: March 14, 2017 | 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 October, 2018.
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: March 23, 2017 | 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.
Production for Train Time continues with additional principal photography scheduled for May, 2017.
Winter shooting was undertaken in Montana in February 2017 with coverage of storm conditions and snow removal operations.
Last summer’s epic shoot for Train Time (working title) got underway at Topeka, Kansas in early June (2016). The shoot included IMAX camera coverage of a 5,000+ mile journey by rail—from Kansas to Los Angeles, California, from L.A. to Seattle, WA and back through the Rockies and plains to Kansas City.
Principal photography for the Train Time project began in mid-July of 2015 with 6 days (July 16-21, 2015) of aerial filming along parts of the same route. 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.
Overall, principal photography for the Train Time project includes a wide range of onboard and trackside filming, yard operations and aerial shooting and featuring multiple seasons and regions.
[Updated: March 14, 2017 | Originally published: March 8, 2015.]
Now in production, The Trolley(working title) 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 cities around the world, including Geneva, Lyon, Montpellier, Marseille, Nice, Milan, Toronto and Hong Kong. The final film includes some 34 cities in 15 countries. Release of The Trolley in giant screen theaters is now scheduled for September 2017.
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.
A series of articles on our site explores the adventure of making giant screen films, beginning with “The Road to Rocky Mountain Express.”
Our work outcomes are stories that more than fill the screen: they open giant new vistas, seize the imagination, and take audiences where they could not otherwise go. That, at any rate, is our goal as makers of films for the giant screen. Our projects have reached out to, informed and moved people around the world. But in creating these giant screen experiences over the last 25+ years, the team at The Stephen Low Company have had some of their own pretty giant, imagination-seizing experiences. While we consider ourselves prudent folk, to get spectacular scenes on screen, we’ve had to take our share of risks in the field and even, in the back office. Shared in our posts on this site are some of the unique stories, details, challenges and outcomes from our work, past and present.
Of course, some people take big risks every day of their lives by choice, while others are at risk simply because of time and place and the circumstances of their lives. (Some seek adventure while others have it thrust upon them). The subjects of our films have been involved in all kinds of risk and adventure, with rewarding or tragic outcomes—pilots and race drivers, earthquake victims and shipwreck survivors to name a few. Of course no one has a monopoly on risk-taking or adventure, or the stories that come of them. Our experiences at the company have been of all kinds—adventures small and large, and some surely worth sharing.
Unfolding in the posts on the At Work page will be an ongoing exploration of our adventures in production—past and present, from our work documenting the Titanic (Titanica, 1991) to our emerging adventures with the Trolley project and beyond. Check back in with us now and then to share in the latest instalments. Our series begins with “The Road to Rocky Mountain Express“.
“The Road to Rocky Mountain Express”
“Super Speedway: the Making of a Motion Picture Classic”
“The Making of Rescue 3D“