A large format 3D experience from the makers of PULSE, THE LAST REEF and GREAT WHITE SHARK 3D. The movie explores South Africa's coastline, and the apex predators that patrol its waters: sharks, dolphins, whales and man... their prey: the supershoal of billions of sardines that lurk in the deep cold waters of the Indian Ocean.  This is where Africa meets the sea...

Filmed over two years in Kwa Zulu Natal and the Transkei, WILD OCEAN 3D transports the audience to one of the world's last wild places, and gives them a chance to see the ocean as it once was elsewhere, hundreds of years ago.

Written, directed, edited and scored by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNIcholas, Wild Ocean is a symphonic journey, and a soaring, diving spectacle that fills the giant Imax screen in stunning 3D.

See the trailer here, or in HD on Apple's trailer page




Wild Ocean was shot over two winters in South Africa. An underwater crew was based largely in Port St Johns, headed by DJ Roller, the Pace underwater 3D rig. DJ brought his experience using the rig with James Cameron, for whom it was first designed.

A topside crew was also based here, with Dave Douglas utilising a specialised Imax 3D camera, otherwise only used in space for movies such as Space Station 3D and Hubble.

The land crew was based at Scottborough in KwaZulu Natal, laying in wait for the beached shoals, that never came! This was headed by veteran large format cinematographer, Reed Smoot, who nonetheless captured some beautiful footage with the enormous Imax Solido 3D camera system. Reed also handled the aerial photography, with Dave Douglas lending a hand and taking over the second year. All aerials were also shot on 65mm film.

Veteran South African actor and playwright John Kani was first choice for narrator, his rich voice a perfect complement to the complex, shifting score.




Although Wild Ocean was first released in early 2008, it is still being screened in theatres around the world. It is currently playing in 34 Large Format and 3D screens.

The best source of information on Giant Screen schedules worldwide is the independent site, Bigmoviezone. It has plenty of information on the theatres, and links to their sites and schedule pages.It has Wild Ocean specific theatre listings.

Whilst we urge you to see the movie on a giant screen and/or in 3D, Wild Ocean is also available on DVD and BluRay.




October 9 2009 Wild Ocean, a Giant Screen Films and Yes/No Productions production, received the Outstanding Achievement award at last week’s Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

March 19 2009 On March 19 Earthwatch will honor Wild Ocean, a Giant Screen Films and Yes/No Productions release, as its 2009 Film of the Year with a screening, award presentation, and panel discussion in Washington, DC.

September 10 2008 Wild Ocean wins both Best Sound Design and Best Score at the GSCA Awards ceremony. Wild Ocean was Nominated by GSCA for Five Awards including Best Film, Cinematography, Sound and more. Wild Ocean and Mummies 3D Nominated for 7 GSCA Awards Overall.

9 June 2008Wild Ocean is Finalist for Wildscreen Awards - Best Film (Theatrical) and Best Sound

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