Magazine article Screen International

IM Global to Commence Sales on Walking with Dinosaurs 3D from BBC, Reliance

Magazine article Screen International

IM Global to Commence Sales on Walking with Dinosaurs 3D from BBC, Reliance

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IM Global enters AFM this week with arguably the biggest English language project in the market after it emerged today [Nov 1] that BBC Earth and Reliance Big Entertainment are partnering on Walking With Dinosaurs 3D and two other films.

As well as the adaptation of the BBC's smash Walking With Dinosaurs television series, the slate includes Africa 3D and Life.

The deal was jointly announced today by BBC Worldwide's managing director of global brands Marcus Arthur and IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford.

Walking With Dinosaurs 3D will be co-directed by Pierre De Lespinois of Los Angeles and Alaska-based 3D producer Evergreen Films and BBC Earth's Neil Nightingale, formerly the Head of the BBC Natural History Unit. BBC Earth and Evergreen Films will work with Academy Award winning animation house Animal Logic (Happy Feet) and animation producer Jinko Gotoh (9, Finding Nemo).

The narrative of the feature tells the story of a migrating dinosaur family, torn apart and then reunited during the Cretaceous period 70m years ago. The film will use groundbreaking LIDAR (light, detection and ranging) technology to combine live action and animation, as well as groundbreaking 3D camera and pre-vis systems.

The Walking With Dinosaurs television series was first broadcast in 1999 and drew more than 700m viewers worldwide. It was followed by three specials and has since spawned more than 70 licensed publications, consumer and educational products around the world including a live arena show that has grossed more than $200m in the past three years. …

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