National Geographic Cinema Ventures Bags 4 GSCA Awards

National Geographic Cinema Ventures (NGCV) won four awards at this month’s 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 Mark Katz, president, distribution, National Geographic Cinema Ventures. “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 Sandy Climan, CEO of 3ality Digital. “U2 was the perfect subject for this innovative, immersive concert experience.”

National Geographic Cinema Ventures is part of National Geographic Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling stories, National Geographic Cinema Ventures produces original 2-D and 3-D productions for the world’s largest screens. National Geographic Cinema Ventures also retains distribution rights to one of the largest film libraries in the giant-screen industry.

3ality Digital develops the world’s leading 3-D live-action production and post-production technologies. The company’s patented systems streamline and enhance 3-D image capture, broadcast and post-production, creating near pixel-perfect imagery. The result is immersive experiences in a variety of media — ranging from live broadcasts to feature films — that engage audiences and enhance the bottom line. 3ality Digital is headquartered in Burbank, Calif.

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