The dinosaurs are the real stars though, and
it takes a giant screen like IMAX to make these creatures
seem so real. One of the most dramatic scenes features a Velociraptor
and a Protoceratops locked in mortal combat. A six-story screen
isn’t nearly large enough for Tarbosaurus, the towering
Asian counterpart of the T-Rex. The ground almost shakes as
Seismosaurus or “thunder lizard” fills the screen
with its 30-ton body. Audiences will learn which dinosaurs
traveled in herds, which made nests, which were the predators
and which were the hunted, along with other surprising behaviors.
More fossils than ever are being found today.
While there have been great discoveries over the last century,
the scientific quest to find and understand dinosaurs and
the world they inhabited is ongoing. “Dinosaurs Alive!
3D” estimates that we’ve discovered less than
two percent of all the dinosaur species that once lived. For
young paleontologists, the adventure is just beginning, and
this spellbinding new film is sure to spark imaginings of
what mysteries still lie buried beneath our feet.
“Dinosaurs Alive! 3D”
is a production of David Clark Inc., Giant Screen Films, the
Maryland Science Center and Stardust Blue, in association
with the American Museum of Natural History. The film is written
and directed by two veteran filmmakers, Academy Award-nominated
Bayley Silleck and Emmy Award-winning David Clark, with cinematography
by Bill Reeve. Dinosaur animation was created by DamnFX, whose
artists have previously created dinosaurs for Discovery Channel
specials. Major funding was provided by the National Science
Foundation with additional support from the Museum Film Network,
and the 3D Film Interest Group.
The Tennessee Aquarium
inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Admission
is $17.95 per adult and $9.50 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket
purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The
IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket
prices are $7.95 per adult and $5.50 per child. Aquarium/IMAX
combo tickets are $21.95 for adults and $12.50 for children.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org
or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the
banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit
organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas,
the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities.
Members enjoy unlimited visits and other benefits. Call 267-FISH