Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure

IMAX Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure

Fathom President leads the IMAX film teams for the movie Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure.

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The giant-screen film, Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure, has been released and is currently showing in several IMAX and other giant screen theatres across the United States, Canada and Europe. This epic tale of survival and leadership is an inspiring portrayal of Polar pioneer, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew and their trials in the Antarctic. Two documentary film teams traveled across the Antarctic Ocean for over two and a half months to capture the incredible scenery and life-like re-creations in this film. Fathom's president, Dave German, was the expedition leader associated with the film projects and he found that guiding ambitious film teams throughout the Antarctic posed some daunting logistical challenges.

"Filming in the remote Antarctic Ocean is a challenging pursuit in itself but filming both documentary and giant-screen format films meant spending extra time in some very exposed locations. Elephant Island, for example, is considered to be one of the more inhospitable places in Antarctica due to the glaciers and ocean swell from the nearby Drake’s Passage. The mandates put forth by director George Butler and producer NOVA/WGBH were ambitious considering this exposure. In addition to the tough location shoots, we also followed Shackleton’s route to a number of remote, uncharted areas including parts of Erebus and Terror Gulf and several sites near King Haakon Bay, South Georgia. Our team was able to accomplish the majority of the expedition and filming goals largely because of the exceptional experience and teamwork of the people involved. Everybody worked together to ensure a smooth flow of operations and a 100% commitment to personal safety. In the end, we were able to capture the breath-taking images that can be seen in the films."

Along with the giant-screen film is an award-winning, feature-length theatrical documentary produced by White Mountain Films and a NOVA television production.

Times, dates and locations for the giant-screen film can be seen at main.wgbh.org/imax/shackleton/index.html