For thousands of years, humans believed there were once flying monsters — but did they really exist? Is it possible that a creature the size of a giraffe could fly?
Hastings Museum explores these questions with the opening of Flying Monsters 3D, a new adventure film premiering in Hastings Museum’s renovated and now digital theatre.
The film uses 3D and CGI technology to immerse audiences in a prehistoric world inhabited by pterosaurs, flying vertebrates with a wingspan of up to 45 feet that lived alongside dinosaurs. Flying Monsters 3D was produced by filmmaker Anthony Geffen and narrated by veteran filmmaker and renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
See film trailer below!
“This is an incredible film that is debuting across the country at the same time it opens at Hastings Museum,” said Becky Matticks, Museum director. “These types of premiers and other unique opportunities are possible now thanks to everyone who contributes to the Museum directly and to those who contribute to the Hastings Museum Foundation. It is their support that made purchasing a new digital projector possible.”
About 220 million years ago dinosaurs were beginning their domination of Earth. Yet another group of reptiles was about to make an extraordinary leap: Pterosaurs were taking control of the skies. The story of how and why these mysterious creatures took to the air is more fantastical than any fiction — and one of the greatest mysteries in paleontology.
How did lizards the size of giraffes defy gravity and soar through prehistoric skies? Driven by the information he finds as he attempts to answer these questions, Attenborough starts to unravel one of science’s more enduring mysteries, discovering that the marvel of pterosaur flight has evolutionary echoes that resonate even today.
Applying the same state-of-the-art 3D CGI technology used in Avatar, Flying Monsters employs pioneering scientific techniques that reveal new details about pterosaurs. From discovering pterosaur embryos that show they might have flown from birth to figuring out how a creature the size of a giraffe could possibly fly, Flying Monsters will resolve mysteries that have intrigued scientists for more than two centuries.
For details on the dimorphodon, darwinopterus, tapejara, quetzalcoatlus, visit the movie website.
“It’s almost as if this animated 3D technology was created to tell our story.
With a pterosaur’s eye-view of a hyper-real prehistoric Earth in 3D CGI, our audience will see the challenges of survival, including courtship, flying and hunting,” said Geffen.
The film comes from from award-winning Atlantic Productions, in association with Sky 3D, and is distributed by National Geographic Entertainment.
Flying Monsters is showing at Hastings Museum through Sept. 3, 2012.