National Geographic Cinema Ventures bags 4 GSCA Awards


Mumbai: National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) won four awards at the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA)’s annual international conference, as voted on by the worldwide membership of GSCA. NGCV garnered more than any other company producing and distributing films for giant-screen cinemas.

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, a 3-D film released to both giant-screen and digital theaters in 2007, took home three prizes, including the Best Film award, one of GSCA’s highest honors, as well as the award for Best Film for Learning and the GSCA Marketing – Big Idea award for its unique day and date release strategy. U2 3D, produced by 3ality Digital and released by National Geographic in 2008 to giant-screen 3-D and digital 3-D cinemas, won for Best Film Produced Non Exclusively for Giant Screen Theaters. U2 3D also won the award for best poster art.

"We’re thrilled to be recognized by our peers for these two wonderful films," said National Geographic Cinema Ventures president, distribution Mark Katz. "Both films take full advantage of the 3-D format and are incredibly innovative in their own ways. We’re deeply appreciative to be honored by the GSCA and giant-screen theaters worldwide."

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, narrated by Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber, with an original score by longtime musical collaborators Richard Evans, David Rhodes and Peter Gabriel, takes audiences on a remarkable journey into the relatively unexplored world of the ‘other’ dinosaurs, those reptiles that lived beneath the water. Funded in part through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the film delivers the fascinating science behind what we know about, and a vision of, history’s grandest ocean creatures.

U2 3D is the first live-action film shot completely in digital 3-D. Created, produced and filmed by 3ality Digital, the leader in perfect 3-D image capture and processing, the film marries innovative digital 3-D imagery and multi-channel surround sound with the excitement of a live U2 concert. Shot in South America during the final leg of the band’s Vertigo tour, U2-3D creates an immersive theatrical experience unlike any 3-D or concert film before. Ushering in a new dimension of filmmaking, U2 3D takes viewers on an extraordinary cinematic journey they will never forget.

"We were delighted to be able to apply both our skills as creative producers and our ground-breaking 3-D technologies to the production of U2 3D with National Geographic Cinema Ventures as our distribution partner," said 3ality Digital CEO Sandy Climan. "U2 was the perfect subject for this innovative, immersive concert experience."