After a year of research and preparation, the giant screen film IMAX JERUSALEM 3D advanced into production with an unprecedented aerial shoot throughout the region, including the West Bank. Scheduled for worldwide release in 2013, the film will take audiences on a spectacular tour of the Holy Land and the city once believed to lie at the centre of the world.
The Arcane/Cosmic Pictures production JERUSALEM seeks to increase public understanding and appreciation for Jerusalem's historical, spiritual, cultural and artistic uniqueness, as well as highlighting some of the intersections between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
The crew had the rare opportunity to film inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam and the largest mosque in Jerusalem. Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was transported from Mecca to Jerusalem during his Night Journey. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) led prayers towards this site before the Muslims were commaned to pray in the direction of the Ka'aba in Mecca.
To capture the energy and beauty of Jerusalem in 3D, IMAX filmed many scenes with a steadicam. This stabilizing mount allowed IMAX camera operator, Scott Hoffman, to film extraordinary images of the old city as if he is gliding through its streets. The camera equipment weighs more than 40 kg (90 lbs).
Jake Eberts, the executive producer of JERUSALEM 3D, has also financed, developed or produced movies such as Gandhi, Dances with Wolves, A River Runs Through It and Driving Miss Daisy.
The film is produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson, who worked closely with advisors and experts from each of the three major monotheistic religions, as well as leading archeologists and historians.
JERUSALEM 3D will be released in 2013 to IMAX 3D, Omnimax and other Giant Screen 3D theaters.
Source: "Jerusalem 3D will be released in 2013" Stereoscopy News June 10, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today