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Production for The Ice Age is in Full Swing

3/9/2012

Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema are proud to announce that principal photography on The Ice Age is in full swing!

Principal photography for The Ice Age is well underway. Commencing in October 2011, the team shot backplates, vistas, dig sites, hot springs and paleolithic human sequences throughout the great plains and mountain states. The picturesque Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park will serve as backdrop for the Pleistocene’s most famous denizens: woolly mammoths, sabertoothed cats, dire wolves, and giant sloths, brought to life in photorealistic detail by Frima Studios. From Yellowstone, the team moved east to South Dakota to shoot bison herds at Custer State Park and Columbian mammoth excavations with Dr. Larry Agenbroad at the Hot Springs Mammoth Site.

In January 2012, the crew traveled to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles to shoot Dr. John Harris and his team excavating the largest known collection of fossils from the last ice age, a site where over a million bones have been removed from seeps of sticky asphalt. 3D cameras were rolling as one of the prized members of this vast collection, Zed – a giant Columbian mammoth – had its massive tusk extricated from its plaster jacket. CGI will bring Zed, and these death-trap tar pits, back to life in The Ice Age.

Following the Los Angeles shoot, the team moved to the snowy Timpanogas Mountains of Utah to shoot early human sequences, including a family clan in a cave dwelling and a woolly mammoth hunt. The cast was comprised of native Iñupiat and Yup’ik Alaskans. Additional shoots are planned for the spring, featuring Lyuba, the baby mammoth specimen discovered in Siberia, and the research of the renowned paleontologist Dr. Dan Fisher.

“The Ice Age has been in development for many years, so it’s really satisfying to see it coming together so nicely,” says Andy Wood, producer. “The production is building on extensive research and collaboration, beginning with the National Science Foundation’s planning grant in 2006. Given the misperceptions about the Pleistocene from commercial films and pop culture, it was critical for us to be sure that the film and story present a veritable depiction of this incredible epoch, and we are really proud to be working with a distinguished team of scientists and partners to make it a reality.”

The Ice Age, available in all 2D and 3D formats, will release in select theaters in late 2012 and globally in January 2013. Pre-leases will be available beginning this summer. Contact Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema for more information. 

About The Ice Age

The Ice Age transports viewers to the beautiful and otherwordly frozen landscapes of North America, Europe and Asia ten thousand years before modern civilization. Peer through the giant 3D canvas to an ancient world of ice, the dawn of our species, a time when humans shared the tundra with majestic woolly beasts.

Dazzaling computer-generated imagery brings this mysterious era to life; from saber-toothed cats and dire wolves to giant sloths and the iconic mammoths, giants both feared and hunted by prehistoric humans. The films explores the lives and behavior of Lyuba, a 40,000 year old female Woolly Mammoth calf recently exposed by the melting Siberian permafrost, now one of the best preserved mammoth mummies in the world...and the story of Zed, one of the most complete Colombian Mammoth skeletons ever discovered, extracted recently from under a Los Angeles parking lot next to the famous La Brea Tar Pits.

But the Ice Age is not only a story about mammoths and megafauna, this epoch marks a dynamic chapter in the development of the human spirit, a great test of survival, a "trial by ice" that would compel our ancestors to seek understanding and meaning in nature. These inventions and discoveries -- art, language, clothing, the taming of fire -- born of the Pleistocene, were tools that defined and civilized the human species. The Ice Age takes a thoughtful look at the critically important issue of environmental sustainability, adaptation, survival, and extinction, presenting a bigger-picture perspective on the relationship between climate, the Earth, her resources and inhabitants.

Shot largely in and around the picturesque Yellowstone National Park, The Ice Age will captivate audiences with a vision of a world buried in our ancestral memory, inhabited by creatures of both familiar and exotic -- a brief instant in the Earth's geological history that provokes fundamental questions about why, even as today's climate shifts, humans remain -- but other Ice Age titans were lost.