How’d They Get That Shot?

Let’s face it, we’re in the middle of some pretty uncertain times. Most of us are quarantined and working from home or doing our schooling online, spending more time with our families than ever before. The good news is, we’ve found the silver lining. More time spent at home has increased the demand for high-quality, educational, streaming content that is both family-friendly and entertaining – and we have lots of it!

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, we made some of our acclaimed IMAX films available for streaming. Popular titles like National Parks Adventure, Dream Big, America’s Musical Journey, Humpback Whales, The Living Sea, Dolphins and others are now available to watch at home. The response has been incredible.

Now, we’re taking viewers on a virtual adventure into giant-screen filmmaking with a behind-the-scenes-look at what it takes to get those larger-than-life IMAX shots. We’ve curated a playlist of 17 of our best behind-the-scenes videos. You can watch the whole collection or start with a few of our favorites here. Pair these with an at-home screening of our streaming films—and feel like you’re part of the action!

When Yellowstone National Park didn’t have enough snow for good winter shots, the MFF team looked further north to Michigan’s frozen Lake Superior to film renowned ice climber, Conrad Anker. Not enough snow transformed to more than enough! Check out how the team braved the -20°F weather and put the comfort of the camera before their own.

Link: Stream National Parks Adventure

The filmmakers at MFF have the goal to make the audience feel like they are in the center of the action. To achieve this immersive experience, director Greg MacGillivray choreographs the movement of his subjects through their landscape and captures them with helicopters, drones, steady cameras and the humongous IMAX 3D Solido camera. See it all roll out this behind the scenes video.

Link: Stream National Parks Adventure

To pay tribute to the King of Rock N’ Roll, the MFF team had to bring his legacy to new heights, literally! With the expertise of cinematographer Joe Jennings, America’s Musical Journey features the Flying Elvi. See how these aerial artists shake, rattle and roll through the skies and what it took to get the shot.

Link: Stream America’s Musical Journey 

To bring one of the Seven Wonders of the World to the 70-foot giant IMAX screen, the MFF film crew sure went the extra mile. Trudging up mountains to uncover ancient and long-untouched portions of the wall makes this wonder even more astounding. Discover the feat in this behind the scenes video.

Link: Stream Dream Big

Ever wonder how the MFF camera crew seems to be in just the right place at the right time? Dive into this behind the scenes video from Humpback Whales to discover what it takes to find whales singing their majestic songs, chasing mates in a dramatic “heat run,” or the rescue teams that protect endangered whales.

Link: Stream Humpback Whales

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