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Space Junk 3D

bigImage "After half a century of space exploration we're now suddenly faced with what has long been a staple of science fiction -- an orbiting junkyard of cast-off space debris." -- "Space Junk 3D"

With media headlines repeatedly warning us of debris falling from the skies, orbital debris, or "space junk," has finally risen to the forefront of social consciousness. But what is space junk? How did it get there? Just how big (and serious) is the problem?

"Space Junk 3D," narrated by Academy Award® Nominee Tom Wilkinson, is the first movie to explore the exponentially expanding ring of debris that threatens the safety of our planet's orbits. Harnessing the magical imagery of 3D Giant Screen, Full Dome and Digital Theater, Director Melissa Butts takes us soaring -- from the stunning depths of Meteor Crater to an unprecedented view of our increasingly crowded orbits, 22,000 miles above earth.

On-screen, Don Kessler, (ret.) Head of NASA's Orbital Debris Office and the "Father of Space Junk," reaches back to the beginning of our solar system for understanding and guides us through the challenges we face in protecting our orbits for the future. At risk is the future of space exploration and the safety of the extensive satellite network that powers our modern day communication systems. This visually explosive journey of discovery weighs the solutions aimed at restoring Earth's orbits.

Fueling this story are stunning 3D images that transport the viewer by wrapping us in star fields and allowing us to witness massive collisions in space -- both natural and man-made -- as though we were in the center of the action. "Since no actual images exist of the most spectacular orbital debris events," explains Butts, " we set out to recreate them with scientific accuracy and mind-blowing visualization."

To accomplish this Butts' team, worked with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) to create breathtaking 3D visualizations from scientific data. Those visualizations deliver a state-of-the-art, 3D visual effects experience.

Melrae Pictures, in association with Red Barn Productions, presents Space Junk 3D, narrated by Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Melissa Butts (3D Sun, Mars 3D). Produced by Melissa Butts and Kim Rowe. Written by Shane Colton and Michael Benson. Lead Visual Effects by Luke Ployhar. Original music by Tom Hambleton, CAS. Director of Photography: Reed Smoot, ASC.

"Space Junk 3D" is distributed globally by K2 Communications. The 38-minute film is available in both 3D and 2D, for Giant Screen, Full Dome and Digital Theaters.

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Presented by Melrae Pictures and Red Barn Productions. Directed by Melissa R. Butts, Produced by Melissa R. Butts and Kimberly A. Rowe, Narrated by Tom Wilkinson, Written by Shane Colton and Michael Benson, Directors of Photography: Reed Smoot, A.S.C. and Peter Anderson, A.S.C, Edited by Carl Jacobs, Lead Visual Effects by Luke Ployhar, Original Sound and Music by Tom Hambleton, C.A.S.

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BMZ Reviews:

Space Junk 3D By Ann Coates

Outside Reviews:

"In 'Space Junk 3D,' Orbital Debris Threat Crashes Onto Big Screen" By Tariq Malik,

"Movie review: ‘Space Junk 3D’ is cool — and scary" By Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune

"Space junk makes an impact at the IMAX" By Lisa Grossman, CultureLab

" Movie Review: Space Junk 3D" By Marcia S. Smith,

"Review: Space Junk 3D" By Jeff Foust, The Space Review

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Space Junk 3D awarded top Grand Prix at Dimension 3 Festival in Paris By Melrae Pictures (June 22, 2012)

Space Junk 3D Interview: Director Melissa Butts By BMZ Staff (December 9, 2011)

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