Disney shows us “A Beautiful Planet” in IMAX 3D

Olivier S. (NDD#263) (27 Posts)

Born in France (and still living there) I discovered WDW in the mid 1970’s when I was 10 during a trip to Florida with my parents. Since then, I am a Disney fan, but also a WDW fan with EPCOT as the prefered park. The Contemporary is my “mythic” hotel even if I never stayed there: it´s because of its futurist look. By the way, I also encountered space exploration during the same trip by visiting KSC. And I am today working as the chief editor of a space news website for a scientific park in France. Guess you can see the importance of this Florida trip and the others after…


 


On April 29, Disney will continue its tradition of space related features with the release of “A Beautiful Planet,” an IMAX 3D documentary filmed on orbit and narrated by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.

The official trailer is below.

With TV productions like the Man In Space series, films as Mission to Mars or attractions inspired by manned spaceflights such as Epcot’s Mission: Space, Disney is no stranger to the astronautic theme. This time, it’s a documentary that uses the IMAX 3D format that is used in order to give viewers the impression of seeing our planet from orbit.

“A Beautiful Planet” follows a tradition of space themed IMAX documentaries done with the official involvement of NASA. These films are even the highlights of some science centers and/or space related parks like the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida (not far away from Walt Disney World).

At the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Astronauts are learning how to use the Canon modified IMAX camera. From left to right : Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Katrina Willoughby (spaceflight training at NASA), James Neihouse (cinematographer) and Toni Myers (director). Crédit : NASA/Lauren Harnett

At the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Astronauts are learning how to use the Canon modified IMAX camera. From left to right : Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Katrina Willoughby (spaceflight training at NASA), James Neihouse (cinematographer) and Toni Myers (director).
Crédit : NASA/Lauren Harnett

As with previous movies, images were done in space by astronauts. This time however, digital technology was used with a Canon EOS C500 EF camera modified to meet IMAX specifications. This Walt Disney Studios production is directed by Toni Myers. And, although she never went in space to film, she knows a lot about doing great space movies! Her previous feature was Hubble 3D narrated by Leonardo Di Caprio. This film that tells the story of the famous space telescope and its last servicing mission with the Atlantis shuttle is one of the most successful IMAX 3D documentary. Toni Myers also worked on Space Station 3D, Mission to Mir and others.

For “A Beautiful Planet,” the tagline says “Experience Earth like never before,” the goal being to convey the sense of admiration and awe that all astronauts experience when they look at our fragile world from orbit. Thanks to the digital technology, astronauts were able to film our Earth, not only by day, but also by night, showcasing spectacular auroras from above.

A Beautiful Planet official IMAX website

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