Fernbank Museum of Natural History is now hosting BBC Earth’s next world-class nature film Wild Africa in its five-story IMAX® Theatre.
Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, the enchanted film takes viewers on a spectacular ride across, over, and through the magical realms of the most dramatic continent on earth.
Showing through Thursday, May 19, Wild Africa’s audience will be plunged into fantastic places and meet amazing creatures. The film’s journey follows the iconic wildlife that lives throughout this diverse wilderness — from snow-covered mountains to coral cities, from raging rivers to steamy rainforests, and from wide-open savannahs to scorching desert dunes.
Through the magic of cinematography, the audience flies along the Great Rift Valley following the twisting rivers to discover a family of elephants on their epic search for water. Hungry crocodiles wait at the water holes for the annual wildebeest migration on the savannahs of the Serengeti. Families of mountain gorillas frolic in the forests of Rwanda. Thousands of flamingos perform an extraordinary display in the volcanic Lake Bogoria. And a shovel-snouted lizard performs a thermal dance to defeat Namib Desert’s harsh temperatures.
In a final epic giant screen experience, the movie chases the great rains of the African summer storms that annually bring life to this magnificent continent.
This is one of the most ambitious nature films ever to premiere on the giant screen. It fuses Hollywood techniques with the best in nature filmmaking and storytelling. The production team worked with camera and housing specialists, such as Gates, RED, and Element-Technica to create bespoke kit specifically for filming in highly challenging conditions not previously attempted – underwater, 100% humidity, temperatures of over 120 F, and altitudes of 19,000 feet.
Filming over 573 days, with 30 shooting locations across 13 countries, there were 2.4 tons of camera kit in 130 cases and 1000 feet of cabling required to capture the images as the camera surged over Victoria Falls. Some of the key locations included the Okavango Delta, Botswana; the Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Crystal Mountains National Park, Gabon; Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Kenya; Masai Mara National Park, Kenya; Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya; Suguta Valley, Kenya and the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.
Wild Africa is co-directed by Emmy-winning Patrick Morris (LIFE, Yellowstone) and Neil Nightingale (Walking With Dinosaurs) and Giant Screen director Mike Slee. Nightingale also produced the film. Wild Africa is inspired by the BBC Earth Films and Reliance Entertainment original film Enchanted Kingdom.
Wild Africa shows daily at Fernbank’s IMAX® Theatre and also shows Friday evenings during Martinis & IMAX. For exact show times and to watch the trailer, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org/experience-imax.
IMAX® tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors, $11 for children, and $8 for Museum members and can be purchased online at fernbankmuseum.org or by calling 404-929-6400.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is one of the most popular and iconic cultural attractions in Atlanta. Home to the world’s largest dinosaurs, Atlanta’s biggest IMAX® screen and one of the largest assemblages of urban Piedmont forest in the United States, Fernbank brings science to life through immersive programming and unmatched experiences that encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Fernbank continues its 78-year environmental legacy to protect Fernbank Forest while fulfilling an educational mission to inspire life-long learning of natural history. Visit fernbankmuseum.org or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more.
About BBC Worldwide North America
BBC Worldwide North America is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) operating in the U.S. and Canada. The company exists to maximize the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the UK license payer and invests in public service programming in return for rights. The company operates four businesses in the territory - linear and digital content sales and co-productions, consumer products, BBC.com, and BBC Worldwide Productions, the production arm responsible for the smash hit Dancing with the Stars. The company also owns a 50.1% share in cable channel BBC AMERICA through a joint venture with AMC Networks.
About BBC Earth
BBC Earth is a global factual brand which seeks to inspire audiences in the UK and worldwide with the most incredible sights, stories and characters from the natural world. Commercially and internationally the brand is managed by BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Since launch the brand has grown across multiple platforms including branded blocks on television, live events, social media, visitor attractions, theatrical releases for cinema and giant screen films and online on BBC.com. BBC Earth began its global roll out in 2015 by launching new linear channels internationally that are dedicated to bringing audiences premium factual content.
About Giant Screen Films
Since 1997, Giant Screen Films has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. The company is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com