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Director Profile: John Weiley


Occupation: Producer/Director/Writer
Active Years: 20+
Birthplace: Australia

John is one of the world's leading producers and directors of high definition motion pictures. He has produced, written and directed films in giant screen formats including IMAX®. IMAX® 3D. He has more than 20 years experience in filmmaking.

His highly successful first IMAX® film "Antarctica" is now regarded as a classic. "Antarctica" won the prestigious Prix du Jury in the third International IMAX® Film Festival, Paris, in 1991. In 1995 "Antarctica" won the Golden Eagle award - the top prize at the New York CINE Film Festival.

Weiley wrote and directed the IMAX® 3D film "Imagine" - by far the most complex 3D film yet devised - which premiered at Expo 93 in Taejon, Korea. In 1996, he made the IMAX® film "the Edge," about Australia's Blue Mountain National Park.

Weiley's production company Heliograph was founded in 1986, to produce and distribute giant-screen films worldwide. He also researched and developed the specifications for giant screen cinemas for the Australian Bicentennial Exhibition and Expo 88, the Blue Mountain Maxvision Theater and he founded Cinema Plus Pty Ltd, to build the Sydney IMAX® Theatre - a major landmark that houses the largest projection screen in the world.

For the past 36 months John Weiley has been working exclusively on the research, development and production of "SolarMax." Currently Weiley is in pre-production on a new large-format film "The Last days of Pompeii" to be produced with NOVA/WGBH Boston.

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