3/9/2012 - Production for Titans of the Ice Age is in Full Swing
Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema are proud to announce that principal photography for Titans of the Ice Age is well underway. Commencing in October 2011, the team shot backplates, vistas, dig sites, hot springs and paleolithic human sequences throughout the great plains and mountain states. The picturesque Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park will serve as backdrop for the Pleistocene’s most famous denizens: woolly mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and giant sloths, brought to life in photorealistic detail by Frima Studios. From Yellowstone, the team moved east to South Dakota to shoot bison herds at Custer State Park and Columbian mammoth excavations with Dr. Larry Agenbroad at the Hot Springs Mammoth Site.
In January 2012, the crew traveled to the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles to shoot Dr. John Harris and his team excavating the largest known collection of fossils from the last ice age, a site where over a million bones have been removed from seeps of sticky asphalt. 3D cameras were rolling as one of the prized members of this vast collection, Zed – a giant Columbian mammoth – had its massive tusk extricated from its plaster jacket. CGI will bring Zed, and these death-trap tar pits, back to life in The Ice Age.
Following the Los Angeles shoot, the team moved to the snowy Timpanogas Mountains of Utah to shoot early human sequences, including a family clan in a cave dwelling and a woolly mammoth hunt. The cast was comprised of native Iñupiat and Yup’ik Alaskans. Additional shoots are planned for the spring, featuring Lyuba, the baby mammoth specimen discovered in Siberia, and the research of the renowned paleontologist Dr. Dan Fisher.
“The Ice Age has been in development for many years, so it’s really satisfying to see it coming together so nicely,” says Andy Wood, producer. “The production is building on extensive research and collaboration, beginning with the National Science Foundation’s planning grant in 2006. Given the misperceptions about the Pleistocene from commercial films and pop culture, it was critical for us to be sure that the film and story present a veritable depiction of this incredible epoch, and we are really proud to be working with a distinguished team of scientists and partners to make it a reality.”
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