City In Space Press Release
Firsts and Facts
L5: First City In Spaceis the first film to realistically depict
a future space city within our solar system based on actual
data from NASA and leading scientists. There are several compelling
facts about the production of this groundbreaking IMAX 3D film,
which boasts many significant firsts in the motion-picture industry.
filmmakers of L5: First City In Space used data and research
gathered from NASA and leading scientists to create a realistic
approximation of a working city in space.
3D computer-generated imagery was used to bring "real-world"
data of space exploration to life on the giant screen.
IMAX footage of the Russian MIR space station orbiting the
Earth was filmed in space by the astronauts aboard the U.S.
can skim the surface of Mars at high speeds in a sequence
constructed from real images and actual data gathered from
the Viking space probe.
filmmakers worked with NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory
to create a Mars flyover and Comet Shoemaker-Levys collision
images and data from space probe Voyager were used to give
viewers the first-ever look at the planet Jupiter in IMAX
determining where to locate the space city, the filmmakers
were advised by scientists at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratories)
to position it at L5, an actual position in our solar system
(LaGrange Point 5) on the moons orbit around Earth where
the gravitational pull is close to zero. NASA's scientific
data and decades of research suggests that L5 is the best
location to support a self-sustaining space colony.
film contains the first IMAX 3D footage of the space shuttle.
film features a never-before-seen depiction of a space craft
landing on a comet surface.
First City In Space marks a new departure for IMAX 3D -- the
use of the medium to create a "reality-based" feature
set in outer space.
filmmakers used the research and theories of Princetons
world- renowned physicist Gerard K. ONeill and involved
leading space artist Pat Rawlings in construction of a computer
generated representation of a space station/space city.
combination of special effects and live action is known to
filmmakers as compositing. Always tricky, the seamless blending
of elements in L5: First City in Space are among the first
in IMAX 3D.
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