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December 16, 2003

Opening at the California Science Center
IMAX Theater on March 26, 2004
Get a bug’s eye-view of the fascinating universe of insects
Magnified up to 250,000 times their normal size
In 3D on the giant screen

Los Angeles - Take a bug’s eye view and discover a world unlike any other, a world that has been hidden from the human eye. A Rainforest Adventure: Bugs! in 3D opens at the California Science Center IMAX® Theater on March 26, 2004, located in Exposition Park. Experience breathtaking photography shown on the enormous 7-story IMAX® screen. Highlighting the extraordinary world of insects, A Rainforest Adventure: Bugs! in 3D focuses on the life cycles of a praying mantis and a butterfly from their birth to their inevitable encounter in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia where predator meets its prey.

More than 40 tropical insects are featured in A Rainforest Adventure: Bugs! in 3D. The audience will view the birth of hundreds of praying mantids, captured in minute detail for the first time in 3D Large Format, see a caterpillar hatch from a single tiny egg to metamorphose into a butterfly, and watch as a praying mantis snaps up a fly for its dinner—another giant screen first. A variety of other tropical insects which make their way across the gigantic screen, some, magnified 250,000 times their normal size, includes tarantulas, scorpions, vipers, and jungle nymphs as well as a million bats as they flit through the jungle in search of insects which they consume nightly by the ton. It’s survival of the fittest!

Narrated by the distinguished English actress, Dame Judi Dench (Iris, Mrs. Brown).
The 40-minute film, which features at least 40 insects, was shot on location in the jungles of Borneo and in the United Kingdom where a microcosm of a tropical rainforest was replicated in studio for extreme close-ups.

Director Mike Slee (IMAX® 2D films Wildfire – Feel the Heat, Legend of Loch Lomond) who co-wrote the script with Abby Aron, shot the film from a bug’s perspective, as they weave their way through blades of grass, travel across the leaves of a tropical rainforest, flit across the rainforest canopy, or skitter across the sand on the ocean’s edge where an equatorial sunset suffuses the screen with gold.

Slee surrounded himself with an outstanding team of visual masters including Technical Oscar-winning Specialist Photographer Peter Parks, who designed and built new systems equipment to shoot insects in extreme close-up; and Director of Photography Sean Phillips, one of the world’s leading stereographers and 3D cinematographers.

A Rainforest Adventure: Bugs! in 3D is produced by Phil Streather (IMAX® 2D films Legend of Loch Lomond, Wildfire – Feel the Heat) and Alexandra Ferguson (Legend of Loch Lomond, Wildfire – Feel the Heat) with Jonathan Barker (Into the Deep IMAX® 3D, Straight Up! Helicopters in Action IMAX® 2D), Simon Relph (Hideous Kinky) and UKFTV’s Peter Fudakowski serving as Executive Producers. Tim Wellspring (Legend of Loch Lomond) is the Associate Producer.

A Rainforest Adventure: Bugs! in 3D is produced by Principal Large Format film in association with Image Quest 3-D, co-produced by the UK Film and TV Production Company Plc, financed with The Film Consortium in association with the Film Council. The film is presented by Terminix and distributed to the worldwide network of IMAX and other Large Format Theaters by SK Films Inc. of Toronto, Canada.

Tickets: Ticket prices for IMAX films range from $4.50 to $7.50. Call (213) 744-7400 for information. For advance ticket purchase and group rates, phone 213.744-2019.

Proceeds from the IMAX Theater support Science Center exhibits and programming. Guests should call (213) 744-7400 to confirm film schedule prior to their visit. For general information, visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org.

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