Werner Herzog to helm 3D IMAX film

The filmmaker (pictured) will shoot the 3D IMAX feature Volcano in five countries over the next year.
September 30, 2014

Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog (pictured) is directing a 3D IMAX film called Volcano.

Produced by Spring Films and Werner Herzog Film, the project is one of the first to be partially financed through the recently established IMAX Original Film Fund, a US$50million fund for IMAX-exclusive docs.

It was selected from more than 120 proposals and will be shot in five countries over the next year using IMAX digital cameras.

Producers on Volcano are Werner Herzog Film head Lucki Stipetić and André Singer (The Act of Killing). Richard Melman is exec producing.

Herzog is working with volcanologist Dr. Clive Oppenheimer to take viewers up close to and inside volcanos. “I am very much looking forward to working with IMAX, Clive and the team on a surely sensational project,” he said in a statement. “I am confident we will bring back images not seen on screen so far – and ideal for The IMAX Experience.”

Greg Foster, senior executive vice president and CEO of IMAX Entertainment added that the film will “literally take audiences inside volcanoes so we can – for the first time through IMAX – experience them first-hand.”

The German filmmaker previously shot in 3D for his acclaimed 2010 documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams. The film examined the Chauvet Cave in Southern France, home to the oldest human-painted images discovered thus far.

His recent doc projects include the texting and driving doc for AT&T From One Second to the Next and the miniseries On Death Row for the UK’s Channel 4 and U.S. cable net ID. The series grew out of the doc feature Into The Abyss.

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