Foto Friday – Jerusalem to the IMAX
Sometimes, someone sends you an email containing a video link. In fact, this happens quite often, at least ten times a day. And sometimes, in fact very often, you hit the “Delete” button without even clicking on the link. Occasionally, however, you immediately regret the decision and hit “Undo”. Especially if you’re looking for something to distract your troubled mind from the day’s bad news.
Which is how I came to watch, nay, to be transfixed, by the preview for the film JERUSALEM, an aerial tour of the Holy Land and the Holy City filmed in IMAX 3D. Scheduled for worldwide release in 2013, the clip was posted by the production company, Arcane/Cosmic Pictures, and it is well worth not only taking 7 minutes out of your busy schedule to view it, but even watching it in “Full Screen” mode.
The production newsletter yields some good information about the process — and the difficulties — in creating such amazing imagery. Writer and co-producer Daniel Ferguson states, “Very few films ever get permission to fly over Jerusalem. This is the first time in nearly 20 years an aerial camera has been allowed this close to the holy sites and certainly the first 65mm aerials ever filmed of Jerusalem.”
The production worked with aerial photography company Albatross, whose founders, two former Israeli Air Force helicopter pilots, Duby Tal and Moni Haramati, are veterans in the field. Co-producer George Duffield noted that, “The crew was a complete mix of people. They came from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Bethlehem and Ramallah (both in the West Bank), and Amman, Jordan. They were Jews and Arabs, Muslims, Christians… an incredible cross-section. We also benefited from the expertise of consultants all around the world, including Canada, the US, the UK and Australia.”
According to Taran Davies, one of the film’s producers. “We want audiences to experience the city from multiple perspectives to better understand its historical, archeological, cultural and spiritual importance.”
Can’t wait to see how the rest of the country looks like in through their lens.