IMAX® 3D Film Hidden Universe
Your ticket to the stars through the eyes of the world’s most powerful telescopes, seen on screen and in 3D for the first time
To actually visit the most cutting-edge telescope facilities in the world, one has to travel to far flung places — such as the Chilean Andes at altitudes of up to 5000 metres. Now there is an easier way to experience these extreme locations. For the first time in IMAX® 3D you can now explore ESO's flagship facility, the Very Large Telescope (VLT), on screen, as well as visit the largest astronomical project in existence — the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international astronomy facility supported by Europe, North America, and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile) in the film Hidden Universe.
The 3D production Hidden Universe has been released in IMAX® theatres and giant-screen cinemas around the globe, with world premieres in June 2013.
Russell Scott, Movie Director: "The experience of filming in the Atacama Desert at such world-class observing facilities has been amazing. Some of the otherworldly locations among the Andes mountains almost make you feel like you're on another planet, and this sensation of nature — beyond what we are used to — is exactly what I want to transmit to the audience."
The film shows ESO’s state-of-the-art telescopes in the extreme locations of Chile using high-resolution time-lapse. From Earth, the audience will be taken on a breathtaking tour of deep space in the cinematic medium that does it best: IMAX® 3D. Viewers will peer deep inside vivid galaxies and nebulae, travel over the terrain of Mars, and witness stunning images of the Sun. The Universe is brought to life through real images and previously unseen giant-screen 3D simulations, creating an immersive IMAX® 3D experience.
The movie is narrated by British actress Miranda Richardson, winner of a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the art-house hit Enchanted April, and recipient of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in Louis Malle's Damage, for which she won a BAFTA Award.
Hidden Universe is filmed in 15/70 mm and is produced by award-winning Australian production company December Media in association with Film Victoria, Swinburne University of Technology, and ESO. The film is also produced in association with and distributed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated MacGillivray Freeman Films, the world's leading producer and distributor of IMAX® films.
To find out more about the movie, including theatre locations, visit the official website.
Executive producer: Tony Wright
Producer: Stephen Amezdroz
Director, Writer: Russell Scott
Director of photography: Malcolm Ludgate
Composer: Dale Cornelius
Narrated by: Miranda Richardson
Runtime: 38 minutes
Filmed in: 15/70 mm
Production company: December Media in association with Film Victoria, Swinburne University of Technology, and ESO.
Distribution company: MacGillivray Freeman Films
Official website: http://hiddenuniversemovie.com/
ESO is offering outreach support to IMAX® and giant-screen theatres around the world that are showing the movie. If you represent one such location, please email osandu at partner.eso.org for more information.