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THE LAST REEF: exploring the reefs of the world and forces that threaten their existence

THE LAST REEF 3D

a 2D and 3D giant screen experience from the makers of PULSE, WILD OCEAN and GREAT WHITE SHARK


FLY ACROSS irridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see, where the tiniest creatures support the greatest predators…

We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little or no connection to our everyday world. Yet every reef is a living city beneath the sea with a parallel existence to ours, distant yet undeniably connected.

Reefs are hotspots of biodiversity as vital to life on earth as the rain-forests. They have been shaping our shorelines, literally forming islands and mountains, for millions of years.

The fossil record shows that given time they have recovered from all of earth’s major extinction events.

Even reefs pulverised by atomic blasts at Bikini Atoll have regenerated.

Yet within our lifetime reefs have come to face their greatest threat…

THE LAST REEF is a 3D Large Format and digital 3D cinema movie experience...

Shot on locations as diverse as Palau, the Bahamas, New York and French Polynesia, the team behind Wild Ocean 3D takes us on a global journey to explore our connection with the ocean’s complex, parallel worlds.

For the first time ever, see underwater life at the macro level in 3D, as shot on the world’s first underwater 3D digital beamsplitter rig… (shooting began in 2008).

THE LAST REEF employs new underwater 3D technology to take us from the heart of the city to the heart of the reef, a vanishing territory more diverse and more colourful than we ever imagined.



THE UNDERWATER REEF SCULPTURES:

Jason deCaires Taylor


British sculptor, Jason DeCaires Taylor is based in Cancun, Mexico, and has created a series of sculptures underwater in both Cancun and Belize. They feature heavily in the films penultimate sequence. You can find out much more about the sculptures on Jason’s official site, including some amazing new work…


"Taylor’s sculptures change over time with the effects of their environment. These factors create a living aspect to the works, which would be impossible to reproduce artificially. As time passes and the works develop biological growth, they redefine the underwater landscape, evolving within the narrative of nature."









ACIDIFICATION

THE WORLD’S REEFS UNDER THREAT


WITH 300 TONS of anthropogenic CO2 dissolving into the sea every second, coral, shell and bone is beginning to crumble as our oceans become more acidic.


The effects of agriculture and industry could be as devastating in geological time as the massive volcanic eruptions of the Triassic, or the asteroid impact of the Cretaceous.


What we do in our cities, has devastating repercussions on these cities beneath the sea, however distant they may be.


Reefs are vanishing at an alarming rate: 90% of Caribbean reefs have already disappeared. Scientists are now predicting all the world’s coral reefs could be gone within our lifetime. Coral Reefs could be the first complete ecosystem to die as a result of man’s global activities…


There could be a domino effect upon the rest of the oceans habitats, and ultimately upon ours too… Are our disappearing reefs the canary in the mineshaft for the global ecosystem? What would it mean to us if one of these vibrant wonderlands were to become the last reef?


To quote the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme:


‘Already ocean pH has decreased by about 30% and if we continue emitting CO2 at the same rate by 2100 ocean acidity will increase by about 150%, a rate that has not been experienced for at least 400,000 years. Such a monumental alteration in basic ocean chemistry is likely to have wide implications for ocean life, especially for those organisms that require calcium carbonate to build shells or skeletons.’


In the USA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has this to say on their acidification microsite:


‘It is well established among researchers that the uptake of increased amounts of carbon dioxide will make ocean water more acidic as the gas dissolves to create carbonic acid. Ocean chemistry is changing 100 times more rapidly than in the 650,000 years that preceded the modern industrial era and since the late 1980s, researchers at Scripps Oceanography and others have recorded an overall drop in the pH of the oceans from 8.16 to 8.05.’


NOAA’s coral reef conservation program now includes invaluable resources for students wishing to study the effects of Ocean Acidification and what we can do to help…


UPDATE: for a global perspective on the state of the world’s oceans and how acidification fits into the big picture (and a positive vision of the future) check out Callum Roberts’ new book ‘Ocean of Life’.

NARRATED by JAMIE LEE

Originally from Fife, Jamie trained at Webber Douglas. His theatre work includes Sam Mendes production of 'Othello' (RNT World Tour) 'Death Of A Salesman' (Octogon) 'Anna Karenina' (Lyceum) 'All My Sons' and 'Speed The Plow'(Library) for which he was nominated for best actor at the M.E.N Awards. He Played Pete in the world premiere of Harold Pinter's 'Dwarfs' shot for BBC 4 and later staged at the Tricycle Theatre. Film and TV work includes 'Shackleton' 'Cold Mountain' 'Lassie' 'Wilde' 'Monsignor Renard' 'Taggart' 'Coronation Street' 'The Fall of Singapore-The Great Betrayal' 'Jo' with John Reno and winner of the BBC big screen festival the horror short ‘Exit’with John Hurt.

   Jamie has worked extensively in narration and voiceover including 'Bin Laden:Shoot To Kill' 'The Scot That Shot The Civil War' 'Concordes Last Flight' 'The Scheme' 'Convoys-The Battle Of The Atlantic' 'Coriolanus' and Pixars 'Brave'. He worked with 'Stomp' creators Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell narrating their award winning 3D Imax Film 'The Last Reef- Cities Beneath The Sea' which highlights the plight of our worlds coral reefs

   He recently worked with Sam and George Clemens on their multi award winning horror short ‘Surgery’ dedicated to their late father, the writer and producer Brian Clemens.


THE LAST REEF CREDITS:

Giant Screen Films Presents A Giant Screen Films, Yes/No Productions And Liquid Pictures Production:

Narrated by Jamie Lee.

Post Production Supervision: Rick Gordon.

Sound Design and Mixing: Mike Roberts and Brian Elmer.

Director of Photography: D.J. Roller.

Produced by Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas, D.J. Roller.

Produced by Don Kempf, David Marks.

Created and Directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas.

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DISTRIBUTION:

GIANT SCREEN FILMS (GSF) has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois.

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