USA, 2018, 43 min
Scriptwriter: Drew Fellman
In the mountains of Sichuan, China, a researcher forms a bond with Qian Qian, a panda who is about to experience nature for the first time.
David Douglas is known for his work on Straight Up: Helicopters in Action (2002), Wolves (1999) and Happy Birthday to me (1981).
DAVID DOUGLAS (Co-Director / Cinematographer) most recently directed the IMAX® 3D documentary adventure “Islands of Lemurs: Madagascar,” produced and written by Drew Fellman, and was the cinematographer on the IMAX 3D film “Born to be Wild,” which Fellman also wrote and produced.
Douglas has helmed and photographed large format documentary benchmarks, including the Oscar-nominated “Fires of Kuwait,” which also received the GSTA Maximum Image Award for Best Classic IMAX film; critically acclaimed “Survival Island”; as well as the first IMAX concert feature, “Rolling Stones: At the MAX,” which captures the world’s greatest rock and roll band on their massive Steel Wheels tour and earned the GSTA Maximum Image Award. He also wrote, directed and photographed “Wolves” for the National Wildlife Federation and “Straight Up: Helicopters in Action,” which premiered at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
Douglas’ first high school multiple-image documentary led to employment at Multiscreen Corp. by the inventors of the IMAX system/fathers of the large format film industry, Robert Kerr, Bill Shaw, Roman Kroitor and Graeme Ferguson. He later spent 18 months training dozens of astronauts to be filmmakers on Ferguson’s IMAX Space Team, supporting their orbital efforts on 14 shuttle flights from mission control, as well as shooting the terrestrial images for the original IMAX space series, “The Dream is Alive,” “Blue Planet,” “Destiny in Space” and “Mission to Mir.”
Constantly moving between directing and cinematography, Douglas has photographed over thirty films for IMAX Corporation and other clients, including “All Access: Front Row, Backstage, Live!,” and provided additional photography on the IMAX space documentaries “Space Station 3D,” and “Hubble 3D.”
In 2002, he was honored with the Kodak Vision award, and in 2010 received the IMAX Hall of Fame Award.
Drew Fellman is a producer and writer, known for Pandas (2018), Born to be wild (2011) and Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (2014).
DREW FELLMAN (Co-Director / Producer / Writer) previously wrote and produced the critically acclaimed IMAX 3D documentaries “Born to Be Wild,” and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” both also collaborations with David Douglas. “Born to be Wild,” which chronicled efforts to raise orphaned elephants and orangutans—both endangered species—in Borneo and Kenya, received the National Board of Review’s Top Five Documentaries Award in 2011 and won the Genesis Award that year for best feature documentary. “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” released in 2014, also documented a highly endangered species and the remote island ecosystem that the lemurs inhabit.
Fellman began his relationship with IMAX working as part of Howard Hall’s diving team on the IMAX films “Under the Sea 3D” and “Hubble 3D.” He also produced and was the cinematographer on the 2013 documentary “The New Northwest Passage,” spending four months at sea, exploring the effects of climate change on the Arctic. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary at the Winnipeg Reel to Reel Film Festival.
2018 Pandas (Documentary short)