"The Last Reef 3D" is a 40-minutes stereoscopic 4K 3D documentary feature released in IMAX 3D in 2012. The film is directed by Luke Cresswell, Steve McNicholas and narrated by Jamie Lee.
Underwater cameraman D.J. Roller was behind the big camera. He used the first ever underwater mirror rig made on purpose for this movie. The Last Reef 3D is one of the first movies to be shot and projected digitally in 4K 3D. Now, after one year in IMAX 3D theaters around the world, this small gem cumulated over 4 M$ in box office. It is featured now in several Canadian locations, including at the Civilization Museum in Gatineau, Quebec.
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The movie starts with footage of a nuclear blast on the Marshall Islands’ Bikini Atoll, where the USA tested nuclear weapons from 1946 to 1958. The fallout destroyed the undersea reefs. But, left alone for years, those reefs came back, in a testament to their resiliency. The film then goes on to describe other threats to coral reefs, which are an essential part of the sea’s ecology: Pollution, urban development, rising water temperatures that increase the water’s acidity — these things and more contribute to the deterioration that’s causing reefs to vanish five times faster than rain forests.