IMAX Blog http://www.imax.com.au/blog/ Mon, 25 Feb 2013 7:30:05 AM idstudios/RSS (Version 2.0) en-au IMAX Blog http://www.imax.com.au/blog/ Last chance to see HOBBIT and SKYFALL this weekend! Dont Miss Out! http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2013/02/the-hobbit-in-imax-3d-tickets-on-sale-from-12-noon-on-7-november/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2013/02/the-hobbit-in-imax-3d-tickets-on-sale-from-12-noon-on-7-november/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2013/02/the-hobbit-in-imax-3d-tickets-on-sale-from-12-noon-on-7-november/ Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:00:00 AM The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Skyfall will wrap up their IMAX season this weekend! Dont miss your chance to experience the summers biggest films on the Worlds Biggest Screen. Saturday 16 February The Hobbit 3D: 2pm, 5.20pm Skyfall 8.30pm Sunday 17 February The Hobbit 1pm, 7.30pm Skyfall 4.20pm CLICK HERE to BUY TICKETS ONLINE The Hobbit: An Expected Journey in IMAX 3D is the first of three films directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novel The Hobbit by J....

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Skyfall will wrap up their IMAX season this weekend! Don't miss your chance to experience the summer's biggest films on the World's Biggest Screen.



Saturday 16 February
The Hobbit 3D: 2pm, 5.20pm
Skyfall 8.30pm

Sunday 17 February
The Hobbit 1pm, 7.30pm
Skyfall 4.20pm



CLICK HERE to BUY TICKETS ONLINE





The Hobbit: An Expected Journey in IMAX 3D is the first of three films directed by Peter Jackson, based on the novel "The Hobbit" by J. R. R. Tolkien and a prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The film stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug.




The filmmakers worked with the IMAX team in the post-production process to increase the aspect ratio of the film and designed the IMAX presentation of SKYFALL to allow audiences to see up to 26% more of the originally captured image. Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.]]>
Its butterflies and beasts in the 2013 Education Program for Schools http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/12/2013-education-program-for-schools/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/12/2013-education-program-for-schools/ SCHOOLS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/12/2013-education-program-for-schools/ Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:00:00 AM Looking ahead to 2013, were very excited to announce two stunning new documentaries that we know will delight and inspire all students! DOWNLOAD our 2013 Film Library Schedule. For school bookings, call (02) 9213 1600 or email: eduction@imax.com.au Titans of the Ice Age 3D Journey To A Lost Age of Mighty Snow Beasts... An Age of Ice. Starts 21 February Film rating: Check the classification closer to release SAVE THE DATES for FREE Teacher Previews on 17 and 19 March 2013! Titans... Looking ahead to 2013, we're very excited to announce two stunning new documentaries that we know will delight and inspire all students!

DOWNLOAD our 2013 Film Library Schedule.
For school bookings, call (02) 9213 1600 or email: eduction@imax.com.au

Titans of the Ice Age 3D

Journey To A Lost Age of Mighty Snow Beasts... An Age of Ice.
Starts 21 February
Film rating: Check the classification closer to release

SAVE THE DATES for FREE Teacher Previews on 17 and 19 March 2013!

Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldy frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. Peer through the 3D canvas to an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our species, a time when man shared the tundra with majestic woolly beasts.

Dazzling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era to life - from saber-toothed cats and cave bears to dire wolves and woolly mammoths - giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans.

The Ice Age marks a dynamic chapter in the development of the human spirit, a great test of survival, a "trial by ice" that would compel our ancestors to seek understanding and meaning in nature. These inventions and discoveries - art, language, clothing, the taming of fire - born of the Pleistocene, were tools that defined and civilized the human species.

Ironically, our spirit of ingenuity and survival instincts would ultimately provide us with the power and knowledge to alter the very forces of nature that once shaped our existence. And the consequences, from species devastation to global warming, have become the great challenges in the modern era. The Ice Age takes a thoughtful look at the relationships between the Earth, her resources and inhabitants, and our role in a changing world. As the planet now warms by our own hand, jeopardizing thousands of species, how can we tap into the same great human capacity for innovation to solve today's emerging threats?




Flight of the Butterflies 3D


An awe-inspiring tale of extraordinary insect endurance and human perseverance.
Starts 21 March
Film rating: Check the classification closer to release

Flight of the butterflies is the highly anticipated next IMAX film from the makers of the popular Bugs! 3D. It’s a natural history epic. It’s a compelling detective story. It’s a scientific adventure at its best. It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth.

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D is an interconnected scientific adventure story that spans not only thousands of miles, but generations. It’s about the remarkable Monarch butterfly migration, the most incredible migration on Earth, and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.

Dr. Fred Urquhart is the man obsessed with Monarchs. The obsession started in his youth, when he began to wonder where the butterflies spent the winter months. His passion became his profession as he went on to become a zoologist/biologist, teacher and university professor. Along with his wife Norah, he founded the Insect Migration Association, enlisting thousands of volunteers across North America to tag hundreds of thousands of butterflies to track their migration route. This association ultimately helped Dr. Urquhart discover, in 1975, that millions of butterflies migrated to the remote Transvolcanic Belt of central Mexico.

Danaus plexippus or Dana for short, is the Monarch we follow on her perilous journey from Mexico to Canada, along with her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter. The outstanding fourth, or “Super Generation” of butterflies travels more than 2,000 km south, all the way from the northern United States and southern Canada to Mexico, overwinters and makes one final short trip to the southern United States to lay eggs. Then, the cycle begins again. It is one incredible trip you won’t want to miss.



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HSC Business Studies Case Study: BIG SCREEN BUSINESS http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/12/big-screen-business/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/12/big-screen-business/ SCHOOLS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/12/big-screen-business/ Thu, 13 Dec 2012 12:00:00 AM Take a look behind the scenes at the business behind the big screen in this popular case study designed for HSC Business Studies students. The program was developed in repsonse to demand from teachers for an up to the minute case study for business studies that students could identify with. What better business than one in the cinema industry, where the peak audience demographic is in the range 18-29 years? The IMAX Theatre Sydney business story is a very interesting one, dating back to 1996... Take a look behind the scenes at the business behind the big screen in this popular case study designed for HSC Business Studies students.

The program was developed in repsonse to demand from teachers for an up to the minute case study for business studies that students could identify with. What better business than one in the cinema industry, where the peak audience demographic is in the range 18-29 years? The IMAX Theatre Sydney business story is a very interesting one, dating back to 1996 when the theatre opened with fanfare as the world's biggest screen.



The HSC Business Studies presentation is carried out in the IMAX auditorium using PowerPoint. A film screening follows at 10am, giving students a taste of 'The IMAX Experience'. Over 5000 students a year participate in the IMAX Business Studies program as part of organised excursions at the Theatre. Is your school one of them?

CLICK HERE to download a Big Screen Business FACT SHEET


What is included in the program?

- Student arrival at Theatre by 8.45am
- Business presentation begins at 9.00am in the IMAX auditorium (45mins)
- Film screening at 10am (45mins), directly following the presentation
- Detailed resources provided to teachers before the excursion on each key area of HSC curriculum
- Student Activity Sheets for use during the Talk and afterwards

Please ask about dates that suit your excursion calendar (available Mon-Thurs during school term).

The cost is $17.00 per student and includes a 45min presentation in the IMAX Theatre using Powerpoint, followed by a 45min film screening in either 2D or 3D. Resources sent to teachers on CD.

CLICK HERE to email our Education Office or call (02) 9213 1600.


READ SOME ARTICLES ABOUT IMAX CORPORATION:

CLICK HERE to read an interview with Rich Gelfond, IMAX Corporation CEO.

CLICK HERE to read what's behind IMAX Corporation's growth in recent years.

CLICK HERE to read about IMAX as the "Business Class" of cinema.
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Temporary Closure for IMAX Tech Upgrade from 18 Februrary http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2013/02/imax-closes-for-tech-upgrade-from-18-feb-8-march/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2013/02/imax-closes-for-tech-upgrade-from-18-feb-8-march/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2013/02/imax-closes-for-tech-upgrade-from-18-feb-8-march/ Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:00:00 AM ENHANCING YOUR IMAX EXPERIENCE We are installing new equipment in our projection booth to upgrade our facilities and enhance your IMAX experience. As a result, the Theatre will be CLOSED from Monday 18 February. We will re-open on Thursday 7 March with two exciting new films, Oz The Great and Powerful 3D and Titans of the Ice Age 3D. Take a look at the trailers right here. OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL 3D Starts 7 March When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with...

ENHANCING YOUR IMAX EXPERIENCE


We are installing new equipment in our projection booth to upgrade our facilities and enhance your IMAX experience. As a result, the Theatre will be CLOSED from Monday 18 February.

We will re-open on Thursday 7 March with two exciting new films, Oz The Great and Powerful 3D and Titans of the Ice Age 3D. Take a look at the trailers right here.

OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL 3D
Starts 7 March

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Rating TBC. Runtime 100+ mins.





TITANS OF THE ICE AGE 3D
Starts 7 March

Titans of the Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherworldy frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. Peer through the 3D canvas to an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our species, a time when man shared the tundra with majestic woolly beasts. Rating TBC. Runtime 45 mins.





WHAT'S IN STORE FOR 2013?

There's an extraordinary selection of films coming your way in 2013, including the new Star Trek film in May, featuring full IMAX 3D footage throughout. Other new films include the anniversary re-release of Jurassic Park in IMAX 3D, the new Tom Cruise movie Oblivion, Jack the Giant Slayer 3D, and another new documentary, Flight of the Butterflies 3D.

For more news about what's on, visit the COMING SOON page of our website.]]>
Take our Teacher Survey for a chance to win great prizes http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2013/02/take-our-teacher-survey-for-a-chance-to-win-great-prizes/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2013/02/take-our-teacher-survey-for-a-chance-to-win-great-prizes/ SCHOOLS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2013/02/take-our-teacher-survey-for-a-chance-to-win-great-prizes/ Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:00:00 AM Teachers! Heres your chance to tell us what you think about IMAX and be in the running to win great prizes! Simply complete our 2013 Teacher Survey online and you could be the lucky winner of a free class visit to IMAX for up to 60 students, plus 12 months of IMAX movies for yourself! There are also 50 IMAX VIP passes up for grabs. Entries close 28 March 2013, so take the survey now for a chance to win! CLICK HERE for Terms & Conditions of prizes. Create your free online surveys with... Teachers! Here's your chance to tell us what you think about IMAX and be in the running to win great prizes!

Simply complete our 2013 Teacher Survey online and you could be the lucky winner of a free class visit to IMAX for up to 60 students, plus 12 months of IMAX movies for yourself! There are also 50 IMAX VIP passes up for grabs. Entries close 28 March 2013, so take the survey now for a chance to win!

CLICK HERE for Terms & Conditions of prizes.


Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world's leading questionnaire tool.
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Exclusive Hobbit posters for all attending the 11am session on 26 December http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/12/exclusive-hobbit-posters-for-all-attending-the-11am-session-on-26-december/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/12/exclusive-hobbit-posters-for-all-attending-the-11am-session-on-26-december/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/12/exclusive-hobbit-posters-for-all-attending-the-11am-session-on-26-december/ Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:00:00 AM Exclusive to IMAX audiences attending the opening session of THE HOBBIT An Unexpected Journey at 11am on December 26 is a FREE set of collector character posters. The set of four posters features Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and Gollum (Andy Serkis). Tickets for the opening session are still available, but may not be for long, so be quick to secure your seat in front of the worlds biggest screen for the summers hottest blockbuster... Exclusive to IMAX audiences attending the opening session of THE HOBBIT An Unexpected Journey at 11am on December 26 is a FREE set of collector character posters.

The set of four posters features Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), and Gollum (Andy Serkis).




Tickets for the opening session are still available, but may not be for long, so be quick to secure your seat in front of the world's biggest screen for the summer's hottest blockbuster film.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever… Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Rated M, Fantasy Violence

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See a whopping 26% more of James Bond 007 in Skyfall only at IMAX! http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/10/see-more-of-007-at-imax/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/10/see-more-of-007-at-imax/ FILM NEWS Miya Spears http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/10/see-more-of-007-at-imax/ Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:00:00 AM Why Bond is bigger and better at IMAX If youre one of those eager fans who will be the first in line to see the film in IMAX, itll be a completely unique experience. This is because the IMAX presentation of SKYFALL will be specially formatted to feature a larger aspect ratio than the conventional release for the entirety of the film. The filmmakers worked with the IMAX team in the post-production process to increase the aspect ratio of the film and designed the IMAX presentation of SKYFALL...

Why Bond is bigger and better at IMAX



If you’re one of those eager fans who will be the first in line to see the film in IMAX, it’ll be a completely unique experience. This is because the IMAX presentation of SKYFALL will be specially formatted to feature a larger aspect ratio than the conventional release for the entirety of the film.



The filmmakers worked with the IMAX team in the post-production process to increase the aspect ratio of the film and designed the IMAX presentation of SKYFALL to allow audiences to see up to 26% more of the originally captured image.

Expanding a film’s aspect ratio for IMAX is one of the reasons the IMAX experience is so different – why you feel like you’re inside the action, not just watching it. But many of you are still wondering—what exactly does aspect ratio mean?

The technical term for the proportional relationship between an image’s width and its height is called aspect ratio. A film made for CinemaScope 2.40:1 (featured on the right in the image below), the standard in the industry, is cropped and uses only part of the image the movie camera captures.

IMAX broke the mold. Like with SKYFALL, we provide filmmakers with the ability to optimize their film’s aspect ratio for an IMAX screen during production by shooting with the extremely high-resolution IMAX camera (capable of up to IMAX® 1.43:1—up to 40% more of the picture) or in post-production (capable of up to IMAX® 1.90:1—up to 26% more of the picture).

So what does this mean for moviegoers? You get to see much more of the original image, resulting in a full panoramic view that makes you feel like part of the action.
See how much more you’ll see in IMAX in the comparison chart below:



It's been 50 years since the first James Bond film, and this year, Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time.
In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Tickets NOW ON SALE
Duration: 144mins

CLICK HERE to buy your tickets now!]]>
Its Bond - James Bond - on the worlds biggest IMAX screen! http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/10/bond-james-bond-on-the-worlds-biggest-screen/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/10/bond-james-bond-on-the-worlds-biggest-screen/ FILM NEWS Miya Spears http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/10/bond-james-bond-on-the-worlds-biggest-screen/ Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:00:00 AM Its been 50 years since the first James Bond film, and this year, Daniel Craig is back as Ian Flemings James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In Skyfall, Bonds loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Tickets NOW ON SALE Duration: 144mins There are so many reasons to love the Bond films, here are a...

It's been 50 years since the first James Bond film, and this year, Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in Skyfall, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time.

In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Tickets NOW ON SALE
Duration: 144mins

There are so many reasons to love the Bond films, here are a few of our Skyfall favourites!


The Soundtrack..


English singer/songwriter Adele is the passionate voice behind the Skyfall theme song and it has been said that "Adele's first post-21 tune may be the best James Bond song since Garbage's The World Is Not Enough. It's closer to Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever, in style. Full of femme-fatale intrigue, it works subtle spy guitar and the Bond-theme motif into its orchestral arrangement" - USA Today



Listen to Adele's Skyfall here:



The Suits..



The Cars..






The Bond Girls..






Still not convinced? Here's the trailer..

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Darling Harbour turns up the heat with FIESTA in October http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/09/darling-harbour-turns-up-the-heat-with-fiesta-in-october/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/09/darling-harbour-turns-up-the-heat-with-fiesta-in-october/ FUNCTIONS & GROUPS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/09/darling-harbour-turns-up-the-heat-with-fiesta-in-october/ Thu, 6 Sep 2012 12:00:00 AM The sounds, tastes and sexy fun of Latin America will be heating up Darling Harbour this October at Fiesta! Kick off your weekends at Fiesta Nights every Friday in October. Featuring free live music at Cockle Bay and Darling Quarter, and open-air street tango at Harbourside Amphitheatre where you can sit back and check out all the action or join in the Fiesta fever fun. The party continues with a flamboyant weekend of dance, live bands, food and fun at the Fiesta Festival at Tumbalong...


The sounds, tastes and sexy fun of Latin America will be heating up Darling Harbour this October at Fiesta!

Kick off your weekends at Fiesta Nights every Friday in October. Featuring free live music at Cockle Bay and Darling Quarter, and open-air street tango at Harbourside Amphitheatre where you can sit back and check out all the action or join in the Fiesta fever fun.

The party continues with a flamboyant weekend of dance, live bands, food and fun at the Fiesta Festival at Tumbalong Park, Harbourside and Palm Grove on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October.

Celebrate the flair and spirit of the region with top local and international performers including funky Colombian trio Malalma, hot young Chilean Francisca Venezuela, award-winning Afro-Peruvian world fusion ensemble Novalima, and the legendary king of Latin soul Joe Bataan direct from the USA.

Join the fun of the Rio-style Fiesta Carnivale Street Parade, experience the passion of salsa on the open-air dance floor, and check out the delicious regional dishes and exotic crafts.

Darling Harbour Fiesta! Join the party. Feel the rhythm. FREE!

Fiesta Nights – every Friday night 5-26 October

Fiesta Festival – Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October

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HOW TO USE YOUR VOUCHER http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/09/how-to-use-your-voucher/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/09/how-to-use-your-voucher/ FILM NEWS Miya Spears http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/09/how-to-use-your-voucher/ Thu, 6 Sep 2012 12:00:00 AM With discount websites and coupons growing increasingly popular, there are quite a few vouchers for cinemas and theatres floating out there. One of the most common questions we get asked is How can I use my voucher? so here are three of the main voucher times that can be redeememed at IMAX, and how you go about using them. Australian Movie Vouchers - Can be used for any film, 2D, 3D, traditional IMAX or Feature Film. - Cannot be used within the first 10 days of any film release. - It is...

Australian Movie Vouchers
- Can be used for any film, 2D, 3D, traditional IMAX or Feature Film.
- Cannot be used within the first 10 days of any film release.
- It is up to the voucher holder to check film release dates.
- There is no additional surcharge.
- Can only be redeemed at the IMAX Theatre Box Office.
- Cannot be redeemed online or over the phone.
- Does not guarantee you a seat until exchanged for an IMAX Ticket.



Cinema Savers
- Can be used for any film, any time, 2D, 3D, traditional IMAX or Feature Film.
- There is no exclusion period, however a $8.50 surcharge is incurred for any Feature Film.
- Can only be redeemed at the IMAX Theatre Box Office.
- Cannot be redeemed online or over the phone.
- Does not guarantee you a seat until exchanged for an IMAX Ticket.



IMAX Gift Vouchers and Bulk Tickets
- Can be used any time, for any film, within 12 months of purchase. No restrictions!
- Gift Vouchers and IMAX Bulk Tickets can be purchased directly at the Box Office or over the phone.
- Please contact us on 02 9213 1600 for more details.
Online sales & redemptions coming soon!






THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT OFFERS AVAILABLE ON DISCOUNT WEBSITES!
Should you happen to purchase tickets through an online discount website (eg. Spreets, Groupon etc) PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU CHECK THE REDEMPTION DETAILS to avoid disapointment.
IMAX has not had any promotions via these sites, so you are most likely purchasing a Cinema Saver or Australian Movie Voucher. Follow the redemption procedures on the relevant website, and you will be sent physical vouchers in the mail depending on what you have purchased.
It is essential that you have the physical vouchers which you have purchased when you arrive at the theatre.
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AVATAR 3D Return Season from 15 September http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/08/avatar-3d-return-season-from-15-september/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/08/avatar-3d-return-season-from-15-september/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/08/avatar-3d-return-season-from-15-september/ Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:00:00 AM James Camerons epic blockbuster AVATAR 3D returns to the Worlds Biggest Screen from Saturday 15 September 2012 for a strictly limited season. With our brand new, state of the art IMAX screen, which allows more light to be reflected, Avatar will be bigger, brighter and more vibrant than ever before. We just cant wait to see it again so be sure to join us at one of the screenings in September. Tickets have not yet been listed for sale, so watch this space for more news! About the film... James Cameron's epic blockbuster AVATAR 3D returns to the World's Biggest Screen from Saturday 15 September 2012 for a strictly limited season.

With our brand new, state of the art IMAX screen, which allows more light to be reflected, Avatar will be bigger, brighter and more vibrant than ever before. We just can't wait to see it again so be sure to join us at one of the screenings in September.

Tickets have not yet been listed for sale, so watch this space for more news!



About the film ...

'AVATAR SPECIAL EDITION: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE'

"Bottom Line: A titanic entertainment -- movie magic is back! A dozen years later, James Cameron has proven his point: He is king of the world. As commander-in-chief of an army of visual-effects technicians, creature designers, motion-capture mavens, stunt performers, dancers, actors and music and sound magicians, he brings science-fiction movies into the 21st century with the jaw-dropping wonder that is "Avatar." The Hollywood Reporter.

In the epic action adventure fantasy AVATAR, James Cameron, the director of Titanic, takes us to a spectacular new world beyond our imagination. On the distant moon Pandora, a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption, discovery and unexpected love -- as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization.

The story's protagonist, Jake Sully, is an ex-Marine who was wounded and paralyzed from the waist down in combat on Earth. In order to participate in the Avatar program, which will give him a healthy body, Jake agrees to travel to Pandora, a lush rainforest environment filled with incredible life forms - some beautiful, many terrifying. Pandora is also the home to the Na'vi, a humanoid race that lives at what we consider to be a primate level, but they are actually much more evolved than humans. Ten feet tall and blue skinned, the Na'vi live harmoniously within their unspoiled world. But as humans encroach on Pandora in search of valuable minerals, the Na'vi's very existence is threatened - and their warrior abilities unleashed.

Jake has unwittingly been recruited to become part of this encroachment. Since humans are unable to breathe the air on Pandora, they have created genetically-bred human-Na'vi hybrids known as Avatars. The Avatars are living, breathing bodies in the real world, controlled by a human driver through a technology that links the driver's mind to the Avatar body. On Pandora, through his Avatar body, Jake can be whole once again. Moreover, he falls in love with a young Na?vi woman, Neytiri, whose beauty is matched by her ferocity in battle.

As Jake slides deeper into becoming one of her clan, he finds himself caught between the military-industrial forces of Earth, and the Na'vi - forcing him to choose sides in an epic battle that will decide the fate of an entire world.

Conceived 14 years ago and over four years in the making, AVATAR breaks new ground in delivering a fully immersive, emotional story and reinvents the moviegoing experience.

Twentieth Century Fox presents a James Cameron Film, AVATAR, starring Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sigourney Weaver. The film is written and directed by James Cameron and produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau.

WETA Digital, renowned for its work in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and King Kong, will incorporate new intuitive CGI technologies to transform the environments and characters into photorealistic 3D imagery that will transport the audience into the alien world rich with imaginative vistas, creatures and characters.

Duration 162mins approx.]]>
Go behind the scenes to visit The Hobbit set with Peter Jackson. http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/07/go-behind-the-scenes-to-visit-the-hobbit-set-with-peter-jackson/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/07/go-behind-the-scenes-to-visit-the-hobbit-set-with-peter-jackson/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/07/go-behind-the-scenes-to-visit-the-hobbit-set-with-peter-jackson/ Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:00:00 AM The Hobbit is due for release in IMAX 3D on December 26 and simply cant wait to see Peter Jacksons Bilbo and Gandalf come to life on the worlds biggest screen. Take a look at the IMAX trailer for The Hobbit here - Here is the first in a series of behind the scenes clips on set with Peter Jackson - Stay tuned for more news including tickets sales in the latter part of 2012.... The Hobbit is due for release in IMAX 3D on December 26 and simply can’t wait to see Peter Jackson’s Bilbo and Gandalf come to life on the world’s biggest screen.



Take a look at the IMAX trailer for The Hobbit here -



Here is the first in a series of behind the scenes clips on set with Peter Jackson -



Stay tuned for more news including tickets sales in the latter part of 2012.
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The Dark Knight Rises will feature 72 minutes of full screen IMAX footage! http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/07/why-you-should-see-the-dark-knight-rises-at-imax/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/07/why-you-should-see-the-dark-knight-rises-at-imax/ FILM NEWS Miya Spears http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/07/why-you-should-see-the-dark-knight-rises-at-imax/ Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:00:00 AM The Dark Knight Rises will be presented on 70-millimeter film in 102 IMAX 15/70mm locations worldwide. Christopher Nolan stated, Having shot almost half the picture with large-format IMAX film cameras, it is very important to me that we show The Dark Knight Rises in the IMAX film format wherever possible. Audiences everywhere should be assured that every presentation of the film will be of the highest standardhaving benefited from the clarity and depth IMAX cameras offer. However,... "The Dark Knight Rises" will be presented on 70-millimeter film in 102 IMAX 15/70mm locations worldwide.

Christopher Nolan stated, "Having shot almost half the picture with large-format IMAX film cameras, it is very important to me that we show 'The Dark Knight Rises' in the IMAX film format wherever possible."

"Audiences everywhere should be assured that every presentation of the film will be of the highest standard—having benefited from the clarity and depth IMAX cameras offer."

"However, these 102 screens will showcase the original IMAX film photography in its optimum form, and I hope anyone who has an opportunity to experience the film in these theatres will seek it out." - Christopher Nolan


For more detail, here's an article from the giant screen industry journal LF Examiner about why you should see THE DARK KNIGHT RISES at IMAX:

"Director Christopher Nolan shot about one hour of The Dark Knight Rises using IMAX 15-perf, 70mm film cameras, which expose a frame that is about ten times larger than a standard 35mm film frame. The extra large frame captures much more information, permitting classic IMAX theatres to project sharp, clear images onto screens as large as 96 feet tall and 117 feet wide (29x36 metres).


Cinematographer Wally Pfister (left) and director Chris Nolan, shooting for The Dark Knight Rises with the IMAX 15/70 camera.

In addition to being much larger, the 15/70 frame also has a different shape, or aspect ratio, from standard movies. The ratio between the width and height is 4 to 3 or 1.33 to 1, often referred to simply as 1.33. This is also the ratio of standard-definition television.

Wide-screen TV has a ratio of 16:9, or 1.78, very close to the ratio of most current Hollywood films, which is 1.85, known within the industry as “flat.” The widest Hollywood ratio is generally known as “scope,” and is 2.4. On a screen 80 feet wide, the scope image is about 33.3 feet tall.

When images of one ratio are shown on a screen of a different ratio, either some portion of the screen will not be used, or some portion of the image will not be shown. In the old days, wide-screen movies shown on television were either shown “letterboxed,” with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, or “pan and scan,” in which the image filled the height of the screen, but the sides of the image were cut off.

This is the key to what happens when The Dark Knight Rises switches from conventional 35mm footage to 15/70: the letterboxed 35mm “scope” image will expand to fill the full height of the screen. This change will occur only in IMAX theatres, but not all IMAX theatres are created equal.



In the average classic IMAX film theatre with a 60x80-foot (18x24-metre) screen, the image will expand from about 33 feet high to the full 60-foot height of the screen. The effect of this dramatic transformation is the reason that Nolan reportedly insisted that Warner Bros. make at least one hundred 15/70 prints of the film.

In IMAX digital theatres, whose average ratio is 1.75, this transition will be much less noticeable, expanding by about 4.5 feet (1.5 meters) at the top and bottom of the screen."

And just this weekend, a story in The New York Times outlined the advantages of the IMAX experience, comparing standard 35mm film to the giant IMAX 15/70mm film -





The difference in size is vast and the resulting images on screen will give audiences 40% more of the picture when viewed at IMAX, compared to a standard 35mm cinema. It's worth noting that in digital IMAX theatres the screens are more rectangular, so the scenes shot in the larger format will expand by only 21 percent. And standard cinemas will screen the IMAX scenes in a cropped version, like the image at top.

In the NY Times article, The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan said, "The sharpness and the depth of the image, projected onto those enormous screens, is simply the best quality image that has ever been invented."

Still not convinced? While you're here, check out the latest TV Spot for The Dark Knight Rises:

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NOK NOK Thai Eating House $25 exclusive IMAX Meal Deal http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/06/nok-nok-thai-eating-house-meal-deal/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/06/nok-nok-thai-eating-house-meal-deal/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/06/nok-nok-thai-eating-house-meal-deal/ Mon, 18 Jun 2012 12:00:00 AM When you next visit IMAX in Darling Harbour, why not take advantage of this new Meal Deal from NOK NOK Thai Eating House available exclusively to IMAX customers? Located in Darling Quarter, just behind the IMAX Theatre, near the new childrens playground. Simply present your movie ticket at the restaurant when dining. $25 Meal Deal Menu: 1 prawn and chicken spring roll 1 chicken satay skewer with satay sauce Plus, select one main meal from a choice of three: MASSAMAN CURRY... When you next visit IMAX in Darling Harbour, why not take advantage of this new Meal Deal from NOK NOK Thai Eating House available exclusively to IMAX customers?

Located in Darling Quarter, just behind the IMAX Theatre, near the new children's playground.

Simply present your movie ticket at the restaurant when dining.



$25 Meal Deal Menu:

1 prawn and chicken spring roll
1 chicken satay skewer with satay sauce

Plus, select one main meal from a choice of three:

MASSAMAN CURRY or
CHICKEN AND CASHEW NUT STIRFRY or
THAI BEEF SALAD

includes RICE and a glass of red OR white wine.

(For a non-alcoholic drink, try a a fresh young coconut juice or a Thai iced-milk tea.)

Normally valued at $32, this $25 deal is exclusive to IMAX customers with a valid movie ticket.

Offer valid up to and including 31 Aug 2012.

Click here to visit the restaurant's website.]]> Visit The Arctic & Antarctica in this new Double Deal for Schools http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/05/new-frozen-lands-double-film-deal-for-schools/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/05/new-frozen-lands-double-film-deal-for-schools/ SCHOOLS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/05/new-frozen-lands-double-film-deal-for-schools/ Mon, 21 May 2012 12:00:00 AM Only schools have this unique opportunity to combine two extraordinary films about the Earths polar regions, To The Arctic 3D and Antarctica. For $16.50 per student, you can book both films as part of a school excursion. Enjoy a lunch break in between, or remain in the theatre to watch the two films back to back. Its the ULTIMATE FROZEN LANDS educational package and guaranteed to inspire your students like to other educational resource can! TO THE ARCTIC 3D An extraordinary journey... Only schools have this unique opportunity to combine two extraordinary films about the Earth's polar regions, To The Arctic 3D and Antarctica.

For $16.50 per student, you can book both films as part of a school excursion. Enjoy a lunch break in between, or remain in the theatre to watch the two films back to back.

It's the ULTIMATE "FROZEN LANDS" educational package and guaranteed to inspire your students like to other educational resource can!

TO THE ARCTIC 3D



An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure “To The Arctic 3D” tells the ultimate tale of survival. Narrated by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.

We venture across floating ice with a mother polar bear and her two cubs as they struggle to survive; travel with a herd of caribou who journey for miles to their calving ground; plunge into the ethereal underwater world of waltzing walruses; and gaze across hundreds of miles of snow-bound peaks and a vast expanse of the Arctic Ocean, an exquisite spectacle of sapphire white.

To The Arctic tells the story of one mother polar bear’s determination to keep her cubs alive in the face of natural predators and a rapidly changing climate. The polar bear has become the symbol of change in the Arctic and our impact on the planet, but this story is not just about a species’ struggle for survival. Home to people, animals and sea creatures that thrive on this icy world of glaciers, the Arctic Circle is facing dramatic changes that threaten to disrupt this delicate balance of life.

With the power of IMAX film technology, To The Arctic transports us to the ocean and tundra of the far north to witness the majestic richness and complexity of this environment. The stunning beauty of the Arctic is palpable in this 40-minute giant screen film that aims to cultivate a sense of our connectedness, relevance, and impact on this special place—and of the Arctic’s influence on the rest of our planet.

Captivating, adventurous and intimate footage brings moviegoers up close and personal with this family’s struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks.

Running time 45 minutes.

ANTARCTICA



Antarctica takes audiences on an epic adventure to places unknown, seemingly unattainable and beyond imagination, allowing them to vividly experience what life is really like on the planet's largest, driest desert.
This is a totally immersive cinema experience like no other, bringing Antarctica to its viewers in spectacular dimensions on the world's 3rd largest screen.

The icy chasms and towering glacial peaks become the landscape for a breathtaking aerial journey. Join the first humans to swim through crystalline caverns submerged within the Chaos Glacier; or drop through a weakened snow bridge into the jaws of a dark and deadly crevasse.

From the South Pole watch the sun make its daily trip around the world without ever dipping below the horizon.
The sight of emperor penguins perform an enthralling underwater ballet below the ice cap makes for some truly memorable cinematic moments that linger in the mind long after the film has finished.

John Weiley's film "Antarctica"... is a breathtaking and unique experience and a real cinematic treasure.... nothing like "Antarctica" has ever been seen before.
The Los Angeles Times

Antarctica is... jaw droppingly beautiful and staggeringly frightful, this hale and hearty cinematic trip is a bracing experience... to us professional movie goer types the first instinct is to say ILM sure did a good job on the special effects here, so inspiring is this ice world view and so astonishing is the jeopardy of the camera crew.
Hollywood Reporter


Running time 45 minutes.

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Park all day on weekends or after 5pm Mon-Fri for $10 at Darling Quarter* http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/park-all-day-on-weekends-or-after-5pm-monday-to-friday-for-just-6-at-the-new-darling-quarter-car-par/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/park-all-day-on-weekends-or-after-5pm-monday-to-friday-for-just-6-at-the-new-darling-quarter-car-par/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/park-all-day-on-weekends-or-after-5pm-monday-to-friday-for-just-6-at-the-new-darling-quarter-car-par/ Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:00:00 AM Darling Harbour is surrounded by many different parking stations. One of the newest parking options available to IMAX customers is located just behind the Theatre in the new Darling Quarter precinct, adjacent to the spectacular new childrens playground. WILSONS PARKING Darling Quarter Car Park: For just $10 on weekends and entry after 5pm Monday to Friday*, you can park at the new Wilsons Darling Quarter Car Park located just behind the IMAX Theatre. The car park entrance is located... Darling Harbour is surrounded by many different parking stations. One of the newest parking options available to IMAX customers is located just behind the Theatre in the new Darling Quarter precinct, adjacent to the spectacular new children's playground.

WILSON'S PARKING Darling Quarter Car Park:

For just $10 on weekends and entry after 5pm Monday to Friday*, you can park at the new Wilson's Darling Quarter Car Park located just behind the IMAX Theatre.

The car park entrance is located under the Commonwealth Bank building, off Harbour Street (north bound).



CLICK HERE to visit the Darling Quarter website for information on getting to the precinct, including video clips on the best access for cars and parking. Whether you're coming from the north, south, east or west, the video clips will help you navigate your journey before you leave home.

CLICK HERE to visit the Wilson's Parking website to check all prices and hours of operation for the Darling Quarter Car Park. The site also gives some additional tips on access.

Once you've parked, the exit will bring you out into the heart of the Darling Quarter dining precinct, just a couple of minutes walk to IMAX past the children's playground. It's quick and easy and we hope you give it a try next time you visit IMAX!

* Please note that parking rates and hours of operation are subject to change by Wilson's Parking, so check the website before your visit. This is not an exclusive offer to IMAX customers and hence rates may change without notice. No IMAX ticket validation is required.

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Enjoy two courses + a glass of wine at The Meat & Wine Co. for $49* http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/the-meat-wine-co-49-two-courses-wine-imax-movie-meal-deal/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/the-meat-wine-co-49-two-courses-wine-imax-movie-meal-deal/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/the-meat-wine-co-49-two-courses-wine-imax-movie-meal-deal/ Mon, 30 Apr 2012 12:00:00 AM Make your IMAX movie event even bigger with this exclusive dining offer at The Meat & Wine Co. Simply present your valid IMAX ticket at The Meat & Wine Co. between 12pm - 7pm and enjoy 2 courses and a glass of wine** for $49.00 per person. Menu - $49 per person Entre - Choose one from a selection of two Bruschetta Two slices of toasted bread, rubbed with roasted... Make your IMAX movie event even bigger with this exclusive dining offer at The Meat & Wine Co.

Simply present your valid IMAX ticket at The Meat & Wine Co. between 12pm - 7pm and enjoy 2 courses and a glass of wine** for $49.00 per person.



Menu - $49 per person

Entrée - Choose one from a selection of two
Bruschetta
Two slices of toasted bread, rubbed with roasted garlic, topped with diced tomato, Spanish onion, fresh basil and creamy feta cheese. Finished with shaved Parmesan, aged balsamic glaze and cracked pepper and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
Salt & Pepper Calamari
Tender pineapple-scored calamari lightly tossed with flour, salt and pepper. Shallow-fried and served with our famous nam jim sauce and a lemon wedge.

Mains - Choose one from a selection of two
300g Monte Select New Yorker
This is our specialty. All steaks are grilled to your liking with our in house basting and served with super crunchy chips
Grilled Chicken Breast
Chicken breast marinated in white wine, butter and rosemary. Char-grilled and served with mushroom ragout and a fondant potato

The Meat & Wine Co Darling Harbour is ideally located in the IMAX Theatre Complex and boasts spectacular views of the city skyline and dazzling harbour.

** Wine is a choice of either Cleaver & Vine Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz

* Conditions:
Offer valid at The Meat & Wine Co Darling Harbour only.
Offer valid until 31 December 2012.
Available to IMAX ticket holders only, 7 days a week between 12pm - 7pm.
Offer may be used on the same day as the movie or on a different day.
A $5 surcharge per person applies on Sundays and public holidays.


For bookings, call 02 9211 9888 or send an email to sydney@themeatandwineco.com ]]>
Pictures from the Titanic 3D Centenary Film Event held on 14 April 2012 http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/titanic-3d-centenary-film-event-2012/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/titanic-3d-centenary-film-event-2012/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/titanic-3d-centenary-film-event-2012/ Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:00:00 AM On Saturday 14th April 2012, to mark the centenary of RMS Titanic and its fateful voyage, we held our Titanic Centenary Film Event. Guests walked the red carpet and stepped back in time to board the Titanic 3D at IMAX. Take a look at some of the delicious food served on the night by the spectacular team at European Catering -...


























Take a look at some of the delicious food served on the night by the spectacular team at European Catering -











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Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan says IMAX is the best format http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/dark-knight-rises-director-christopher-nolan-talks-about-why-imax-is-the-best-film-format/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/dark-knight-rises-director-christopher-nolan-talks-about-why-imax-is-the-best-film-format/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/dark-knight-rises-director-christopher-nolan-talks-about-why-imax-is-the-best-film-format/ Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:00:00 AM The Dark Knight Rises is one of the years hotly anticipated films and we know there are many IMAX fans out there keen to be among the first to experience director Christopher Nolans work on the worlds largest screen possible. Stay tuned as ticket sales announcements will be made in coming months. ...I think IMAX is the best film format that was ever invented. Its the gold standard and what any other technology has to match up to, but none have, in my opinion. - Christopher Nolan, in a Q&A... The Dark Knight Rises is one of the year's hotly anticipated films and we know there are many IMAX fans out there keen to be among the first to experience director Christopher Nolan's work on the world's largest screen possible. Stay tuned as ticket sales announcements will be made in coming months.


"...I think IMAX is the best film format that was ever invented. It’s the gold standard and what any other technology has to match up to, but none have, in my opinion." - Christopher Nolan, in a Q&A with the Director's Guild of America.


Christopher Nolan on set with the IMAX camera

An extract from the Christopher Nolan Q&A with the Director's Guild of America -

Q: What does IMAX give you that you don’t get from anamorphic 35 mm or 65 mm?

A: We shot 5-perf 65 mm for a few scenes in Inception and I liked the results a lot, plus you can use sound with it. But IMAX has three times the negative area of that format. It’s such a leap up in terms of quality that if you’re working on a film that’s such a large-scale production you can embrace the more cumbersome technology, and allow for it and build it into your production process, then what you get in terms of quality when you’re shooting is pretty extraordinary. For The Dark Knight Rises we were on Wall Street with a thousand extras, and you can see everybody’s face in the frame. In some ways, I feel it takes me back almost to the silent film era, when they had those huge cameras. Trying to do things in more of a tableau fashion, it changes the way I direct a film, it changes the way I block the camera movement because of the size of the thing. The resulting image has so much power that you don’t need to cut in the same way, you can frame the shot slightly differently, you wind up with a slightly different feel.

Q: Have you shot all of your big-budget films on IMAX?

A: We didn’t shoot IMAX for Inception because we were trying to portray the reality of dreams rather than their extraordinary nature, so we used a handheld camera and shot it in a more spontaneous way. Whereas the operatic quality of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises felt very well suited to IMAX’s larger canvas. So it’s different depending on what film you want to do. But, in each case, as a filmmaker who’s been given sizable budgets with which to work, I feel a responsibility to the audience to be shooting with the absolute highest quality technology that I can and make the film in a way that I want.

To read the full article CLICK HERE

Meantime, take a look at these new images from the film -





The Dark Knight Rises starts on 19 July 2012.]]> Read one womans amazing real life journey to the wreck of the Titanic http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/a-real-life-journey-to-the-titanic/ http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/a-real-life-journey-to-the-titanic/ FILM NEWS Julie Brown http://www.imax.com.au/blog/2012/04/a-real-life-journey-to-the-titanic/ Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:00:00 AM Meet Masayo Goto. On the 9th July, 2005, Masayo embarked on an underwater adventure, 3.8 kilometres deep to the shipwreck of the Titanic. Starting at Newfoundland on the east cost of Canada, boarding the Russian ship Academic Kildish (featured in James Camerons film Titanic) Masayo was given an intensive briefing on the experiences to be expected as a passenger of the 7.8 meter submersible that would take her to the bottom of the ocean and to the Titanic shipwreck. A long, dark, two hour...


Starting at Newfoundland on the east cost of Canada, boarding the Russian ship Academic Kildish (featured in James Cameron’s film Titanic) Masayo was given an intensive briefing on the experiences to be expected as a passenger of the 7.8 meter submersible that would take her to the bottom of the ocean and to the Titanic shipwreck. A long, dark, two hour journey to the bottom of the Atlantic ocean, and the submersible had reached the Titanic. Then a six hour tour around the actual shipwreck allowed for one memorable experience!








Masayo’s souvenir from her journey to the Titanic, a paper cup that was placed outside of the submersible which, under such pressure shrank in size but remains perfectly preserved.



Watch as Masayo Reached the Titanic here:


To read Masayo's full story Click here

Masayo attended our Titanic 3D Centenary Event on April 14, below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding her journey:

Q: How much did you pay for the expediiton?
A: Approximately US$60,000. You will spend most of the money in one day for the dive. If you are prepared to spend that much of money in 13 hours or so, you should challenge!

Q: Was it scary to go down there?
A: Of course, but you have to cope with the fear. The time passes very slowly at the bottom of the ocean. One hour may feel like one day... So your will have fear for a very long time.

Q: How did you mange to be selected on the expedition?
A: You just ask..In may case, I met the Titanic dive organizer duriing the North Pole voyage. I mentioned his name at the time of the inquiry. I also mention that I am a world-class traveller (I visited North Pole and South Pole already).]]>