[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.