"The undersea world in the Galápagos is really unparalleled," says co-director / producer / cinematographer Al Giddings, who is a leading underwater cinematographer and filmmaker with a legendary career that has spanned over thirty years. "It's a place full of surprises and, for the underwater camera, it offers images the likes of which no one has seen before."
An archipelago of 19 islands and 42 islets draping the equator, the Galápagos is over 600 miles [965 kilometers] west of the coast of Ecuador, and features stark landscapes that show clear evidence of the violent physical forces that originally created the islands fewer than three million years ago. These same forces continue to change the islands even today, and the relatively few animal species, which have come to inhabit this dramatically evolving island, are remarkable for their tenacity and for the ways in which they have adapted and continue to fight for survival.
"By choosing the Galápagos as a film location, we were able to focus, in a more intense way, on the subjects of evolution and biodiversity," explains executive producer Laurence P. O'Reilly, who works with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. "The IMAX Experience® can take you to places that you could never travel to in any other fashion," he adds. "Your senses are so much more stimulated than with other film formats."