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BOSTON-- From the highest snow-covered mountains in Kenya, along the path of great rivers, into steamy rainforests and sprawling savannahs, audiences will experience the world premiere of Wild Africa through the magic of the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science on Friday, November 20.
BBC Earth’s latest world-class nature film centers on the continent’s lifeline—water. A vast and environmentally diverse place, Africa is surrounded by massive oceans and is home to rainforests, the world’s largest waterfall, and countless rivers, so why is water so scarce for the animals that inhabit the continent? Discover how water, the interconnecting force within this kingdom, serves as a guide, shaping wild Africa, and creating new life wherever it journeys.
“We are very pleased that filmmakers at BBC Earth have brought their award-winning photographic skills and creative story-telling to the Mugar Omni Theater. There’s no better place to experience the true scale of this remarkable continent and the epic challenges faced daily by its wildlife,” said Robin Doty, manager of the Mugar Omni Theater.
The film takes the audience on a trek that traverses the Great Rift Valley, following twisting rivers to discover a family of elephants on their search for water. It introduces hungry crocodiles lying in wait for the annual wildebeest migration across the savannahs of the Serengeti, a family of mountain gorillas deep in the forests of Rwanda, and thousands of flamingos performing an extraordinary mating display in the volcanic Lake Bogoria. On the giant screen, experience the astonishing great rains of the African summer storms that each year provide a vital component for life to this magnificent continent.
To create this ambitious film, BBC Earth combined Hollywood techniques with the best in nature filmmaking and storytelling. With filming taking place over 19 months in a wide variety of environments, the production team was challenged to create several filming techniques in order to capture the breadth and scale of Africa. Among the technological feats in the production was the first-ever vertical cable dolly shot from a rainforest canopy to a forest floor, creating a dramatic scene which makes audiences feel like they are diving headfirst into the environment.
Co-director and producer Neil Nightingale commented on the production, “to achieve this, we had to...assemble a unique mix of talent, so we could film in the toughest wild locations, using a whole range of photographic techniques to put giant screen audiences right in the heart of some of the most awesome landscapes and dramatic wildlife on Earth.”
Filming took place over 573 days, with 30 shooting locations across 13 countries, 2.4 tons of camera equipment in 130 cases, and 1000 feet of cabling. Key locations included the Okavango Delta, Botswana; the Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Crystal Mountains National Park, Gabon; Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Kenya; Masai Mara National Park, Kenya; Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya; Suguta Valley, Kenya and the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia.
Wild Africa is co-directed by Emmy®- nominated Neil Nightingale (Walking With Dinosaurs), Patrick Morris (LIFE, Yellowstone) and Giant Screen director Mike Slee. The film is inspired by the BBC Earth Films and Reliance Entertainment original film Enchanted Kingdom 3D.
The Mugar Omni Theater is sponsored by MathWorks. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (60 +) and $8 for children (3-11). For information on tickets and showtimes, please call 617-723-2500 or visit the Museum's web site at mos.org.
About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces almost 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof and is the nation's first science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in museums and schools nationwide through its National Center for Technological Literacy®. Other highlights include The Science Behind Pixar, (through Jan 10, 2016), the Hall of Human Life, the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Butterfly Garden and 4-D Theater. The Museum has led a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museum and reaches over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network. Visit www.mos.org.