With Gravity scooping no less than six Baftas, including best British film and best cinematography, it seems that the entertainment industry and the public are at one with their joy of a good space flick. Alfonso Cuarón’s picture took over £6 million in its opening weekend and part of its success is certainly down to its three dimensional special effects – something for which it won yet another Bafta. As such, seeing it at a 3D cinema like one of Cineworld’s IMAX screens is really a must for fans of stunning visual imagery.
However, it should be noted that Gravity is not the only space film that is available to see in IMAX 3D – Hubble 3D – a documentary that explores space in astounding ways (using the IMAX screens to the best of their potential), it deals with some of the most mysterious aspects of the universe in a way that makes astronomy compelling. The film offers cinema goers a journey through far away galaxies which enables them to discover something of the grandeur that makes up our heavenly surroundings. Like Gravity, Hubble 3D accompanies astronauts as they conduct thrilling space walks only – this time – they are real NASA personnel, including Scott Altman a Space Shuttle Commander.
The movie goes on to share a unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope which was launched into space in 1990 but had to be repaired by astronauts, years later. The telescope has been used to make many groundbreaking discoveries by astronomers working from Earth. These have included things like determining the age of the universe to understanding the degree to which black holes exist at the centre of galaxies. The film utilises real data collected by the telescope to produce imagery which has been recreated by the Advanced Visualization Laboratory and the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute. The movie’s space images are so detailed and clear that the animator-technicians have been able to create a sense that viewers are inside the images of the celestial bodies that are depicted.
Hubble 3D, which is narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, reunites the creative team that made Space Station 3D – another IMAX space movie. Like Hubble, Space Station was distributed in the IMAX format and was both produced and directed by Toni Myers. Space Station was narrated by another Hollywood leading man in the shape of Tom Cruise. With the success of Gravity, it seems that the cinema going public has an appetite for all things space, particularly in a three dimensions format. Myers is currently working in pre-production on an – as yet – unnamed space project for 2015. And, you guessed it. This one will be in 3D and available to view in an IMAX cinema, too.