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T. rex in IMAX 3D
For the hold out skeptics and empiricists, here is some hard cold
factual evidence of the existence of this film!
IMAX CORPORATION ANNOUNCES START OF PRODUCTION ON T.REX: BACK
TO THE CRETACEOUS
Brett Leonard to Direct Newest IMAX© 15/70 Film
Featuring CGI Dinosaurs For the Giant IMAX Screen
CALGARY, Alberta., Sept. 24, 1997 / -- Imax Corporation today
announced that production has begun here on T.rex: Back To The
Cretaceous. Directed by Brett Leonard (&Lawnmower Man8,
&Virtuosity8), the film will be shot in IMAX 3D. Computer
generated imagery (CGI) and visual effects will be created and
produced by L-Squared Entertainment, who will oversee the work
other special effects houses such as Blue Sky|VIFX. T.rex will
released to the worldwide network of IMAX and IMAX 3D theatres
beginning Fall 1998.
This 40-minute IMAX Experiencev follows 16-year old Ally
the daughter of a world renowned paleontologist, on a
adventure as she is transported back through 65 million years
the Cretaceous Period. Here she encounters several species of
dinosaurs including the largest, most realistic Tyrannosaurus
ever to appear on the 80-foot high giant IMAX screen.
The film will star Peter Horton, former star of the hit
series thirtysomething, who has just recently wrapped a
role in Columbia Pictures' summer release &The Babysitters
Club8, and will introduce newcomer Liz Stauber as Ally Hayden.
Also appearing will be Kari Coleman (&Sour Grapes8,
&Multiplicity8) and Laurie Murdoch (&Principal Takes A
Holiday8) in the role of Barnum Brown.
Director Brett Leonard has established himself as one of the
motion picture industry's most innovative filmmakers. In 1992,
Leonard co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed hit
picture "The Lawnmower Man". The film introduced the concept
virtual reality to
the pop culture by using high end digital visual effects to
complement the story on a modest $5.5 million budget. The film
has grossed more than $100 million worldwide. Leonard recently
directed the feature "Virtuosity", starring Denzel Washington,
Kelly Lynch and Russell Crowe.
The film is produced by Antoine Compin and Charis Horton who
worked together since 1977, focusing on special venue and large
format films. Some of their projects include producing Jean
Jacques Annaud,s first IMAX 3D film &Wings of Courage& for
Pictures Classics, &From Time to Time8, a film for EuroDisney
starring Michel Piccoli, G?rard Depardieu and Jeremy Irons,
&American Journeys8 for Disneyland, &Magic Carpet Around the
World8 for Tokyo Disneyland, and &Impressions of France8 for
Epcot, amongst others.
Visual effects are being created and produced by L-Squared
Entertainment in conjunction with VIFX. L-Squared was formed
1994 by Co-Chairman/CEO Michael Lewis, (who is serving as
Co-Producer on T.rex) and Co-Chairman Brett Leonard. Under the
moniker "bleeding edge entertainment" the company is recognized
a leader in "next generation" entertainment production. The
company has received critical acclaim for many of its high
projects, including the creation and production of the visual
effects for the film "Virtuosity" and as creator and producer
the IS?TV Virtual Studio Tour starring Danny Devito for
T.rex visual effects will be guided by L-Squared Producer Jini
Dayaneni and Visual Effects Supervisor Sean Phillips.
&T.rex marks the first time that creature CGI will be
incorporated in a 15/70 format film,8 said Andrew Gellis, Imax
Senior Vice President Film and executive producer of T.rex.
&Brett Leonard has proven himself capable of taking audiences
into the dazzling universe of special effects and we are
to have him on this project. With L-Squared creating and
the visual effects, and Blue Sky|VIFX (creators of the CGI for
such films as &The Relic8, Volcano8, &Titanic8,
&Speed8, &Demolition Man8, and &Terminator II8) rendering
the dinosaurs, we anticipate a ground-breaking narrative film
will appeal in a major way to both our commercial and
Founded in 1967, Imax Corporation has consistently delivered
world's premier cinematic experiences. In 1997, Imax was
the sole Oscar© for Scientific and Technical Achievement by the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award
Imax's innovation in creating the world's best theatrical
projection system as well as Imax's acceptance as part of the
entertainment mainstream. As of June 30, 1997, there were more
than 150 permanent IMAX theatres in 22 countries, with a
of more than 50 theatre systems scheduled to open during the
few years. Imax has forged strategic alliances and
with some of the largest corporations in the world, including
Corporation, Caesars World (an ITT Corporation subsidiary),
Circus Enterprises, Ogden Corporation, Famous Players Inc. (a
subsidiary of Viacom Inc.) and Regal Cinemas, Inc. Over 500
million people have seen an IMAX presentation since the medium
premiered in 1970. In 1996 alone, more than 60 million people
worldwide enjoyed the IMAX experience.
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