Northwest NEWS

April 26, 1999


'Into the Deep' explores underwater world

by Deborah Stone

   Into the Deep, the new IMAX 3D film, debuted last month at the Pacific Science Center's Boeing IMAX Theatre.

   Outfitted with special IMAX 3D headsets, audiences descend into the depths of the ocean and explore the haunting beauty of the underwater world. Unlike the old-fashioned 3D paper glasses with red and green lenses, the IMAX 3D headsets feature liquid crystal lenses that work in sync with the projector to provide exceptionally clear pictures.

   These cordless, lightweight headsets create the 3D effect by synchronizing the dual strips of film projected onto the screen. Viewers experience the sensation of being in the middle of the film's action. The Boeing IMAX Theatre is one of just fifty IMAX theaters worldwide equipped with this new 3D technology.

   Directed by Howard Hall, Into the Deep was shot in the waters off the coast of California. The focus is a kelp forest growing in these waters and the lives and behaviors of the marine animals who inhabit the area. Two divers maneuvered the state-of-the-art 1,500-pound IMAX 3D camera at depths of thirty to seventy feet below the ocean surface. Using mixed-gas re-breathers, the crew was able to work at these depths without encountering decompression problems.

   The film is a series of stories about a variety of amazing creatures including a moray eel, baby shark, squid, lobster, sea lions, and many assorted species of fish. Some of the fascinating behaviors seen have never been filmed before.

   Viewers will experience a sense of awe and wonder at the complexities of sea life and come away with a whole new perspective on the underwater world. Into the Deep will run through the summer. Call (206)443-IMAX for showtimes.