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WILD OCEAN: an immersive exploration of one of nature's greatest annual events...

WILD OCEAN 3D

a 2D and 3D giant screen experience from the makers of PULSE, THE LAST REEF ad GREAT WHITE SHARK


A large format 3D experience from the makers of PULSE, THE LAST REEF and GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D.

The movie explores South Africa's coastline, and the apex predators that patrol its waters: sharks, dolphins, whales and man... their prey: the supershoal of billions of sardines that lurk in the deep cold waters of the Indian Ocean. This is where Africa meets the sea...

Filmed over two years in Kwa Zulu Natal and the Transkei, WILD OCEAN 3D transports the audience to one of the world's last wild places, and gives them a chance to see the ocean as it once was elsewhere, hundreds of years ago.

Written, directed, edited and scored by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNIcholas, with leading photographers Reed Smoot above water and DJ Roller below water, Wild Ocean is a symphonic journey, and a soaring, diving spectacle that fills the giant Imax screen in stunning 3D.

THE SARDINE RUN:

"I'm a local fisherman in Sezela... I come down every afternoon...I think sardine run for us is very important... it's the largest shoal in the world... it's an experience... you get hundreds and thousands of people running into the water... its an awesome experience... " Warren Meyer


Each year on the Eastern Coast of South Africa, in the winter months of June/July, the nutrient rich currents that bring colder water northwards of the Cape also bring millions of pelagic fish: the staple diet of every predator in the area.


Common dolphins mass into superpods several thousand strong, flocks of gannets gather in their hundreds, having left their colonies in the south, and sharks mass in huge numbers on the Wild Coast in anticipation of the shoals.


The sardines find their strength in numbers, yet are vulnerable to being forced upwards out of the deep, by sharks and dolphins. They form metamorphosing silver baitballs at the surface, twisting and dividing to avoid the ocean predators. 


Dolphins swoop, gannets plunge, seals glide and penguins jet through the baitballs in stunning visceral assaults on the sardines: the sharks lurk below and move in to finish them off... 


Some shoals are driven into the shallows, stranded by the beaches of Kwa Zulu Natal, where local people scoop them up in nets, buckets and skirts: this is what has become known as the sardine run.


Commercial netting operations have been built up around the annual event, with some years more successful than others: coastal businessmen employ


This is a place where man and nature are locked in a titanic struggle for survival. When all of these predators and more are hunting the same shoals, what will it take to keep our oceans alive?





WILD OCEAN CREDITS

A Giant Screen Films and Yes/No Productions Film


In Association with Hugo Productions


Produced By

Don Kempf Steve Kempf David Marks


Written, Directed, Edited and Composed By

Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas


Director of Photography

Reed Smoot


Director of Underwater Photography

DJ Roller


Narrated By

John Kani


Director of 3D Photography

Peter A. Anderson


Location Sound Supervisor, Music Score Recorder and Mixer

Mike Roberts


Supervising Sound Editor

Brian Eimer



Major Support Provided by the 3D Film Interest Group


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ABOUT THE FILM MAKERS

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.

NORTH AMERICA

Derek Threinen

847-475-9140 x107

dthreinen@gsfilms.com

EUROPE

Domingo Escutia Muñoz

+34 646 854 714

descutia@gsfilms.com

REST OF THE WORLD

Andy Wood

847-475-9140 x105

awood@gsfilms.com

PROMOTIONS & PARTNERSHIPS

Deborah Raksany

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draksany@gsfilms.com

MARKETING & FESTIVAL SUPPORT

Tom Rooney

847-475-9140 x112

trooney@gsfilms.com

YES/NO PRODUCTIONS
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11a Upper Market Street
BRIGHTON & HOVE, BN3 1AS
UK

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