a 2D and 3D giant screen experience from the makers of PULSE, WILD OCEAN and THE LAST REEF
Carcharadon Carcarias, the great white… Up to 20 ft long, weighing over 2 tons, it’s the largest of the carnivorous sharks.
Its senses have developed to an amazing degree: it has excellent eyesight, and sense of smell, but can also detect vibrations in the water along its entire body. It can even detect the electricity generated by living things…
It’s ancient lineage makes it quite distinct from bony fish like tuna, cod or salmon, in that it doesn’t have a bone in its body. Instead, it has a soft, cartilaginous skeleton; unlike bony fish, it doesn’t have a “swim bladder”, instead its oil-rich liver aids buoyancy.
With the combination of a soft skeleton and formidable tail muscles, it is powerful and fast…
Its skin, covered in tiny teeth like scales called denticles, can be rough as sandpaper……yet silky smooth from head to tail. It’s skin also aids its speed in the water: it has elastic properties enabling it to contract and expand, propelling fast through the water as it flexes its tail muscles.
It has even evolved a method of storing and releasing heat in its muscles, so although technically not warm blooded per se, it is able to control its body heat relative to the surrounding water. And much like mammals, it gives birth to live pups, already 4 or 5 feet long. Several pups gestate within the mother, who continues to produce infertile eggs which provide the pups sustenance.
Young White Sharks eat fish and rays: their jaws don’t develop the strength they are famous for until they reach maturity, when their speed and power helps them move up the food chain. Their diet changes as they mature, and they switch to larger prey: seals, sea lions and elephant seals, whose blubber contains a store of energy that the sharks cannot resist.
Adult Great Whites need only fear the occasional Orca and the animal at the top of the food chain, mankind… Some Orcas have discovered a knack for turning Great Whites upside down, which immediately sends them into a state of “tonic immobility”, a kind of sleep like trance, lending them totally vulnerable. The Orcas then only eat the sharks highly nutritious liver.
The great white is truly a global species…
Its territory stretches throughout the North and South Pacific, across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, and even into the Mediterranean…
Tagging is beginning to reveal the secrets of their epic journeys around the globe.
Famously, a shark tagged off South Africa by shark scientist Ramon Bonfil, was seen to cross the Indian Ocean from Africa, to Australia, and then travel back again.
Sharks tagged by Dr Chris Lowe and other researchers based at Cal State University, and also by Dr Mauricio Hoyas in Guadalupe, are seen to travel towards Hawaii and the mid Northern Pacific to a region dubbed “Shark Cafe”. Only now are scientists beginning to interpret this data and speculate as to where Northern Pacific White Sharks mate, gestate or give birth. Pregnant females are often sighted off Guadalupe, but mating and birthing has never been observed: so much of the Great Whites real life remains a mystery.
Shark scientists today are spearheading new discoveries on an annual basis: Dr Malcolm Francis and New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) have only recently discovered that the sharks of New Zealand dive to depths of over 4000 feet, in the “Ditch” a chasm that separates New Zealand and Australia. Great Whites at these depths were previously unheard of; no one yet knows why they do this…
Check out the NIWA tagging programme on their website…
Since childhood Fred has been in contact with the sea, spending several months per year on the family’s sailboat. At the age of 10 he started freediving, and swam with his first shark at age 13. He started teaching freediving in 1991.
Fred set his first freediving world record in 1995, and between 1997 and 2000 he achieved three more. In 1999, he passed the 100m deep’s mythical barrier on one breath of air—only the eighth person to do so.
In 2002 Fred started underwater photography to show the beauties of the underwater world. All his pictures are taken while freediving, using only available light, to minimize the impact on the ecosystem.
Besides underwater imaging, Fred helps scientists with tasks such as shark tagging for telemetry studies or sampling for DNA studies. So far he successfully tagged scalloped hammerheads, great hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, lemon sharks and great white sharks.
Born and raised in the Canadian Pacific Northwest, William is a former world champion in the sport of breath-hold diving or freediving. In June 2007 he set a world record by diving the Arch in the Blue Hole of Dahab, Egypt, without fins. A natural geological occurrence, the Arch is a submerged 30-meter long passage connecting the Blue Hole with the Red Sea at a mere 60 meters of depth.
In 2008, to help safely develop the sport in Canada, with François Leduc, William founded AIDA Canada, the Canadian freediving governing body, registered in Montreal, QC. An instructor-trainer for several diving systems, he teaches breath-hold diving classes around the world and coaches several international athletes.
Considered an expert in shark behavior, William uses his unique breath-hold diving skills and knowledge of sharks, together with friend and colleague Fred Buyle, to provide direct environmental work by tagging, photographing, filming and taking tissue samples of various species of sharks.
As a natural evolution, in 2012, he founded The Watermen Project, an NPO where breath-hold diving is at the service of ocean conservation. Recently, William was given a tremendous honour when asked to become an Ocean Ambassador for the Marine and Polar Programme of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the oldest and largest environmental NGO in the world.
William shares his time between ocean conservation and teaching while keeping a high profile in the freediving competition scene
Freediver/Great White Shark Expert
Michael Rutzen is well known as one of the few people in the world who freedives with great white sharks. He took up working as a cage diving operator in 1994, after a career as a local fisherman. He started freediving with white sharks in 1998.
Michael has been a member of the White Shark Cage Diving Foundation since its inception. During this time he was at the forefront of developing and pioneering techniques that are now the backbone of the industry.
With Shark Diving Unlimited, he guided several world-renowned still photographers and film crews and started a series of internationally-acclaimed documentaries.
Currently Michael gives field support to all the authorized research projects on population dynamics studies, DNA and isotopes sampling programs, studies through the Marine and Coastal Management of South Africa, and was involved in satellite tagging and recent acoustic tagging.
This film aims to explore all aspects of the Great White in relation to man: our misconceptions, our fears, our connections. By exploring key Great White aggregation points around the world, in New Zealand, Mexico and South Africa, we meet Great Whites up close in each, very different environment. We consider Great Whites on a global scale, their journeys across oceans, between continents, rivalling whale and bird migrations. We see how the shark plays a crucial role in maintaining the biodiversity of our oceans….
The film concentrates on three key aggregation points around the world:
the crystal clear waters of Guadalupe Island, off the Western Coast of Baja, Mexico.
The wild waters around Stewart Island, off the southernmost tip of New Zealand, a newly discovered aggregation point.
The self dubbed Great White Shark capital of the world, Gaansbai, South Africa, famous for its breaching sharks, which has been captured for the film for the first time in 3D using the high speed IMAX/Phantom camera system.
Seal and sea lion footage was captured in the kelp forests of the San Benitos islands, off Mexico
Finally, the film takes us to the shallow waters just off Venice Beach, Santa Monica and Malibu: a juvenile White Shark hot spot that just happens to exist on the doorstep of one of the world’s most heavily congested cities.
Two noteworthy shark scientists feature in the film...
Beginning his career as a shark nursery ground and reproductive biology expert, Mauricio has always had a passion for shark conservation and has dedicated his professional life to the behaviour of sharks. Currently, his work is focused on researching behavior of 10 species of sharks in areas all across Mexico including Guadalupe Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago, Clipperton Atoll and the Mexican Caribbean. Mauricio has remained active in shark conservation outreach and education, giving talks to groups as young as elementary school children as well as high school and university students. His goal is to change the misconception of sharks in the human mind. He helped found a group of biologists who have dedicated their work to the conservation of sharks and rays in Mexican waters through research and public outreach in education. He is also a collaborating scientist on the boards of many different shark conservation foundations.
Chris grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, where he spent a vast majority of his youth fishing and diving the waters around Cape Cod. He hails from a long line of New England fishermen and whalers, so a career around the sea just made sense. With degrees in Marine Biology and Zoology, he serves as a Professor of Marine Biology at California State University Long Beach where he runs the CSULB Shark Lab, originally founded by Dr. Donald R. Nelson. Don Nelson was a world renowned expert on shark behavior and an innovator in the use and development of acoustic telemetry. Maintaining the CSULB Shark Lab history in innovation, Chris and his students continue the development and use of acoustic and satellite telemetry techniques to study the movement, behavior and physiology of sharks, rays and game fish. Chris and his students have been studying the baby white sharks of southern California for nine years and have greatly contributed to the field of knowledge for this enigmatic species. Some of his recent research has focused on the development of robots for autonomously tracking sharks. Lowe received the University’s Outstanding Professor Award in 2009 and Impact in Research Award in 2012.
Dr Lowe was also a script editor/consultant on the movie.
Great White Shark is pleased to have award- winning stage and screen actor Bill Nighy as its narrator.
Nighy received a BAFTA Award, a London Film Critics Circle Award and an Evening Standard British Film Award for his performance as an aging rock star in Richard Curtis’s 2003 ensemble comedy hit Love Actually. He also won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award for his collective work in that film, as well as AKA, I Capture the Castle and Lawless Heart.
His long list of film credits also includes Wild Target, with Rupert Grint and Emily Blunt; Pirate Radio, which reunited him with Richard Curtis; Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie, with Tom Cruise; Richard Eyre’s Notes on a Scandal, for which he earned a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination; Underworld and Underworld: Evolution; Fernando Meirelles’ The Constant Gardener, garnering a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nomination; Lawless Heart, which brought him a BIFA nomination; and Still Crazy, for which he won an Evening Standard British Film Award.
Born in England, Nighy began his career on the British stage and has since earned acclaim for his work in numerous plays including David Hare’s The Vertical Hour, Pravda and A Map of the World. He has also performed in plays by other leading dramatists including Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, Brian Friel, Anton Chekhov and Peter Gill. He received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor for his
performance in Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange. On Broadway he starred in the 2006 premiere of David Hare’s The Vertical Hour, directed by Sam Mendes.
Watch this space for news of the GWS soundtrack release, and the imminent 4k video release...
Great White Shark was nominated in 5 categories at the 2014 Blue Ocean Film Festival: Best Use of Music, Cinematography, Documentary Feature Film, Marine Life and Special Jury Recognition for 3D. Luke Cresswell picked up the awards for Marine Life and Special Jury Recognition for 3D.
We just found this news snippet at the Cape Cod News website, it seems we can thank the presence of sharks in the Cape Cod Area for Great White Shark 3D’s continued run at the New England Aquarium in Boston: Sharks on Cape Cod Help Aquarium’s IMAX Attendance
“The New England Aquarium’s Simon’s IMAX Theatre has been recognized as the number one venue in the world for attendance to the giant screen movie ‘Great White Shark 3D’.
Over 240,000 people have seen the movie at the New England Aquarium, which is also shown at over 75 aquariums.”
Apparently the film stays on the screen there due to popular demand, perhaps influenced by the “great white shark presence on Cape Cod”.
And with Labor Day weekend upon the US, we have a Jaws style news item over at WTVC NewsChannel 9 which says increased Great White sightings are causing concern for visitors to Cape Cod (23 sighted this summer).
Great news for sharks, and great news for us…
DIRECTORS: Luke Cresswell & Steve McNicholas
PRODUCERS: Luke Cresswell Steve McNicholas D.J. Roller David Marks Don Kempf
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: D.J. Roller
MUSIC COMPOSER: Luke Cresswell & Steve McNicholas
EDITORS: Luke Cresswell & Steve McNicholas
POST PRODUCTION PRODUCER: Rick Gordon
NARRATION: Bill Nighy
TEXT: Luke Cresswell & Steve McNicholas
SCRIPT EDITOR/CONSULTANTS: Suzy Quasnichka & Dr. Chris Lowe
Dr Chris Lowe
Dr Mauricio Hoyos Padilla
PRODUCERS: Yes/No Productions Liquid Pictures Giant Screen Films
SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS: Oceana (www.oceana.org) WildAid (www.wildaid.org) Bite-Back (www.bite-back.com)
DISTRIBUTORS: Giant Screen Films
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISION: RPG Productions
FILM LABORATORY: Fotokem
DIGITAL POST-PRODUCTION & COLOR TIMING: Fotokem
65-MM RECORDING: Fotokem
VOICEOVER RECORDING: Art4Noise
FILM NEGATIVE: Eastman Kodak Film
3D 5K DIGITAL CAMERA SYSTEM AND UNDERWATER HOUSING CONCEPT DESIGNED BY: D.J. Roller
CAMERA SYSTEM PROVIDED BY: Liquid Pictures & Yes/No Productions
MUSIC MIXING: Mike Roberts
RECORDING STUDIO: The Old Market, Hove
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Monterey Bay Aquarium, California State University Long Beach, Universal Studios
YES/NO Productions is the producing company built around the work of Luke Cresswell and Steve McNIcholas, creators of STOMP and the Lost and Found Orchestra. Their films include PULSE: a STOMP Odyssey, Wild Ocean 3D, Stomp Out Loud and Stomp Live. Currently also in production with Great White Shark 3Dand STOMP 3D.
OnLiquid Pictures 3D is one of the most experienced production companies currently working in 3D films and television, producing and collaborating on projects for many of the world’s leading media companies. Our expertise spans stereoscopic production; from designing 3D camera systems, refining shooting techniques and 3D workflow to final screen presentation in 3D theaters and homes. The proprietary Liquid Pictures/YesNo 4K 3D Digital Cinema Camera System™ stands among the most advanced in the world.
GIANT SCREEN FILMS (GSF) has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois.
Oceana is the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans. Oceana wins policy victories for the oceans using science-based campaigns. Since 2001, the group has protected millions of square miles of ocean and innumerable sea turtles, sharks, dolphins and other sea creatures. More than 550,000 supporters have already joined Oceana. Global in scope, Oceana has offices in North, South and Central America and Europe.
WildAid is the only organization to focus on reducing the demand for wildlife products with the strong and simple message: when the buying stops, the killing can too. WildAid works with Asian and Western celebrities and business leaders to dissuade people from purchasing wildlife products via public service announcements and educational initiatives, reaching up to one billion people per week in China alone.
Bite-Back is an energetic, innovative and pioneering shark and marine conservation charity with a clear focus and a ‘let’s get things done’ attitude. Bite-Back’s campaigns have been shaped by the fact that over-fishing is the single biggest threat facing the marine environment and that over-consumption is the root cause. For that reason, Bite-Back’s campaigns set out to ‘buy time’ for the marine environment by lowering consumer and retailer demand for threatened marine life and therefore the urgency to hunt for key species including sharks, swordfish, marlin, monkfish and skates/rays.
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