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December 1, 2000


Wild about 70mm

Viewers will soon be able to spend some quality time with an extreme cameraman. Wild California (w/t) – a 3 x 52-minute or 6 x 26-minute series – is a project that will follow filmmaker Greg MacGillivray and his extreme cinematographers as they travel around the west coast of the U.S. filming the large-format film Adventures in Wild California. The series will combine the originally shot footage with the large-format material from the feature to give viewers a better understanding of what it takes to get the spectacular shots they see in Imax films. The series format also offers the opportunity to flush out stories beyond the confines of a 40-minute feature.

Originally slated for release in the fall of this year, the series is more likely to appear in the first quarter of next. It is a copro between Castle Creek Productions (Santa Monica, California), K2 Communications (El Segundo, California) and the Discovery Travel Channel. The series is being distributed by California’s Powersports Powerdocs, and comes in at a budget above US$800,000.

The series is designed in three parts: ‘Dreamers,’ ‘Risk takers,’ and ‘Adventurers’. Filming will take place in locations such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the Channel Islands, and will feature everything from sea otters to sky surfing.

Hidden Treasures

Throughout the Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s, Japan extended its rule far into the countries of Southeast Asia – invading China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Burma, to name only a few. Along the way, military personnel, such as General Tomyuki Yamashita, oversaw extensive looting of gems, platinum and gold – arguably one of the greatest treasures amassed in human history.

Part of the haul was shipped to Japan, but with the onset of World War II and the American naval successes that eventually came with it, at least two-thirds of the haul was hidden in Manila, the central trans-shipment point.

To date, less than half of the total riches – worth more than an estimated US$100 billion at today’s value – has been recovered.

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