"Journey To Mecca" DP Reel / 70mm / IMAX®
This is my DP reel from the 70mm IMAX® film "Journey To Mecca" This re-edited version is for my cinematography demo reel only, and is not the original presentation of the film.
"Journey to Mecca" is an IMAX® dramatic and documentary feature that tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World, following his first pilgrimage between 1325 and 1326 from Tangier to Mecca.
The film was Produced by SK Films and Cosmic Picture, released by National Geographic and narrated by Ben Kingsley.
Some interesting info about this film:
We used much longer lenses that the standard IMAX® film, which made everyone nervous, but it helps give the film a more cinematic look, but also very difficult to keep the image steady when using longer lenses in the IMAX® format... but we were very careful and it worked!
The traveling caravan was the real deal... no visual effects here. It's been reported that it is one of the longest human camel caravans since Lawrence of Arabia. It was quite a job to move that many people and animals to the various locations around Morocco.
If you are wondering why this isn't in the original IMAX® framing, this 1.78:1 version was cropped from the original 1.43:1 IMAX® format for the Blu-Ray release.
Sadly the Moroccan actor, Chems-Eddine Zinoune, died tragically in an automobile accident right before the film was released. Chems became a great friend to all of us on the film and was one of the kindest people I've met.
Film Stocks: Kodak 65mm Negative 250D and 500T
Camera: IMAX® MSM 9802 65mm
Music for this reel: "Pilgrimage Of Lost Children" by Lisa Gerrard & Pieter Bourke