A trip to the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater is a truly amazing experience. Audiences can take virtual trips to the bottom of the ocean and to the farthest reaches of the universe. It's always a fun and educational experience, but when you look into the production notes of these films, you begin to gain a full appreciation for how much heart and soul are put into making these films.
Imagine the logistics of getting gear to a distant location at just the right time to capture a specific animal behavior. Then think about moving the gear into position underwater. A huge, somewhat noisy IMAX camera, lighting and perhaps a tripod and extra weights to stabilize the rig against shifting currents. Then just as the camera starts rolling - nature doesn't cooperate. The animal takes off, or like the sea lions in "Under the Sea 3D," decide to spend too much time too close to the lens.
MacGillivray Freeman Films have a contest that will make that dream a reality.
One World One Ocean team on Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California. This November they'll shoot a new film and capture footage that will help promote a long-term effort to protect the world ocean.
Entering is pretty easy, simply go to the contest expedition page and register to win: http://www.oneworldoneocean.org/page/s/imax-expedition-contest
The contest ends on October 17th, so hurry to register! But keep telling your friends about the One World One Ocean initiative. Here are two videos to give you a little insight into what's troubling our ocean, why you should care and how film can inspire everyone to help.