Journey to a prehistoric world
Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World immerses audiences in a wondrous adventure from the dinosaur age.
In the company of Julie, an imaginative young woman, and a mysterious scientist from the past (Georges Cuvier), viewers will magically travel from a modern-day aquarium to the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
They will explore an amazing underwater universe inhabited by larger-than-life creatures – including the powerful Liopleurodon, the long-necked Elasmosaurus, the ferocious Mosasaur and the gigantic 75-ft long Shonisaurus, the largest marine reptile ever known – which were ruling the seas before dinosaurs conquered the earth.
Audiences will embark on a wondrous adventure in a lost age where they will literally dive in with the T-Rex of the seas!
They will also be introduced to contemporary experts from around the world and learn as they explain the most important scientific findings regarding these marine reptiles in an original and entertaining manner.
Director, Writer & Producer
Pascal Vuong quickly developed a strong reputation as a director in his home country with his first short film, “The Invisible Man in Blind Love”. Produced entirely in CGI, it was awarded the Best Fiction Award at the annual Imagina Festival in 1991. He has since directed and
produced over sixty CGI projects, including films, TV commercials, on-screen identities, music videos and corporate presentations. Vuong, 50, has a degree in architecture from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Versailles. “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” is his first documentary film produced for IMAX theatres. He lives near Paris and has three children.
Director, Writer & SFX Supervisor
Ronan Chapalain began his career in the early Nineties as a special effects supervisor and has worked on 700 TV commercials and various feature-length films. He was one of the early creative minds in France and Europe to combine SFX with digital techniques. Chapalain, 44, is a graduate of the University of Brest in Motion Pictures and Audiovisual Techniques. “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” is his first documentary film produced for IMAX theatres. He lives near Paris and has two children.
Franck Marchal, 42, is a composer and music producer. In 1995, he founded his own production company, “Le Comptoir du son”. He has written scores for feature films such as “The Man Without a Head” (2003) directed by Juan Solanas, as well as for short films, including Pierre Coffin’s “Pit and Mortimer‘s Treasure” (2006). Marchal has also been involved in the production of several musical events, including the Paris Jazz Festival, and produced albums for groups such as The DDCs (EMI) and Seventy Three (BMG). He lives in Paris.
For the last ten years, Rick Dowlearn has specialized in writing and producing science, engineering, and natural history programs for audiences around the world. He has worked on the Discovery Channel’s hit series “Mythbusters” as a producer, as well as on documentaries
for the History Channel about aviation archaeology and on the science behind Niagara Falls’ most famous daredevil stunts for National Geographic. A native of Texas, Dowlearn earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. He lives in Littleton, Colorado.
Francois Mantello is a third generation entrepreneur from a family that was involved in new technology very early on. After graduating as a Microelectronic Engineer from the National Polytechnical Institute in Grenoble, he managed several mid-size companies and developed two start-ups, one in digital postproduction & broadcast and one in the ride entertainment business.
Along with his brother Jean-Jacques Mantello, in 2001 he decided to focus on film production for IMAX theatres. He undertakes each new film as a venture enterprise and builds the production from film funding, artistic approach, writing and executive production to the distribution process. In five years the Mantello Brothers have produced, in collaboration with Jean-Michel Cousteau, an underwater film trilogy — “Ocean Wonderland”, “Sharks” and “Dolphins and Whales” — which has generated over USD 80 million to date at the box office. In 2010, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures acquired the all-media rights to “Ocean World 3D” (wt), the Mantello Brothers’ first feature-length documentary (to be released in 2011). Francois is a diver, musician and environmentalist. He lives near Grenoble and has three children.
Every student instinctively believes in an unchanged Earth and life in their current forms. The extreme length of geological
time and the transformation of species are difficult notions to comprehend. The film “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World” presents the opportunity to address, in accordance with the US national educational standards in Biology and Earth Sciences, the history of life and evolution through visually-stunning and compelling images.