[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.