Galapagos is the signature film for the Smithsonian Institution's state-of-the-art IMAX 3D theater that opened at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC in 1999.
After an exclusive engagement at that theater, the film is being distributed by Imax Film Distribution and is available for both giant-screen IMAX and IMAX 3D theaters.
After visiting the Galápagos over twenty years ago, cinematographer Al Giddings was inspired to pen a film treatment based on an article in the California Academy of Sciences quarterly by Dr. John McCosker entitled "The World Darwin Never Saw." Though he became sidetracked with feature film underwater cinematography on landmark films like The Abyss, Giddings finally teamed with David Clark four years ago to produce the two-hour documentary Galápagos: Beyond Darwin, which became the fourth highest-rated show in the Discovery Channel's 10-year history.
While they were beginning preparation for Galapagos, executive producers Peter Guber, Al Giddings and Barry Clark joined forces to create the non-fiction production entity, Mandalay Media Arts. With this IMAX 3D production, they have endeavored to, in the words of Barry Clark, "take the medium to its next logical level… to do a dramatic, emotional, engaging and immersive film that deals with a very human adventure, set in a significant and dramatic place, using extraordinary technology."