National Science Foundation Supports Dinosaurs of Antarctica
Thanks to major funding provided by the US National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Advancing Informal Science Learning (AISL) program in partnership with NSF’s Office of Polar Programs (OPP), Giant Screen Films’ latest film for IMAX® and other immersive cinemas, Dinosaurs of Antarctica, will bring the past to life and engage the public with polar science.
The Dinosaurs of Antarctica project tells the story of two NSF-funded research expeditions to Shackleton Glacier that took place during the 2017-2018 field season. Featuring unfamiliar dinosaurs and other discoveries new to science, the film is also an exciting adventure that shares the incredible experience of field work at the bottom of the planet.
In addition to the giant screen film, the project will develop a suite of additional components: a television special and social media features, educational programs, and a graphic companion book by award-winning author Greg Neri. The film serves as a companion for the Antarctic Dinosaurs museum exhibition, developed by the Field Museum and several partner institutions. Project partners include David Clark Productions; Discovery Place; the Field Museum; The Franklin Institute; The Natural History Museum of Utah; and NHNZ (Natural History New Zealand).
“Working with NSF to document research in Antarctica was an amazing learning experience,” said producer Deborah Raksany. “It’s an honor to have support from the program that makes such challenging, remote and important work possible. We’re thrilled to share the inspiration we’ve found in this science adventure with lifelong learners.”
“We hope that understanding the research to uncover Antarctica’s prehistoric past may increase appreciation of the continent and the work of scientists there,” said Valentine Kass, program director at NSF. “Antarctica is a remarkable place—it’s remote, beautiful, and critical to science. This project has exciting potential to help the public see the continent in a new way, using dinosaurs to tell a more nuanced story about climate, ecology, and Earth’s changes over time.”
Producer Andy Wood said, “There’s a great novelty in using the ever-popular dinosaur topic to communicate information about climate and the environment. ?Dinosaurs of Antarctica is at the forefront of a new trend that’s using deep time as a looking glass to better understand the planet—and address the big questions about what makes the paleoclimate shifts of the past different from the anthropogenic events of today.”
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