The Watermen Project | Great White Shark 3D
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Great White Shark 3D

In 2012 William Winram led a Watermen Project expedition to the home of the biggest great white sharks in the world – Guadalupe Island, Mexico. The renowned filmmakers Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell captured The Watermen Project’s efforts to study one of the most maligned predators in the world, the great white shark. Without the use of a cage, Winram and his colleagues used the art of freediving to approach the iconic creatures and to study their movement patterns. This work became a key component of McNicholas’ and Cresswell’s IMAX movie Great White Shark 3D which has been seen in countries all around the world and impacted the hearts and minds of many.

In the words of the makers:

“Misrepresented, maligned and misunderstood, the Great White Shark is an iconic predator: the creature we love to fear… GWS will explore the Great White’s place in our imaginations, in our fears, and in the reality of its role at the top of the oceanic food chain…

Shot on location in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico and California, the film looks to find the truth behind the mythic creature forever stigmatised by its portrayal in the world’s first blockbuster movie, JAWS.

Great whites pre-date the dinosaurs in evolutionary history, and have evolved to regulate their body temperature and give birth to live pups, much like mammals: yet we fail to look on them with the warmth we might afford land based carnivores such as lions, tigers and bears. GWS aims to reveal the strength and beauty of these animals by looking through the eyes of those who have been touched by their shark encounters.

Great White Shark concludes the oceanic trilogy begun by Wild Ocean and The Last Reef, and brings natures greatest predator to Giant Screen 3D as never before…”

Movie quote from William Winram:

“What most people don’t think about, is that we have been far more dangerous to them, than they have ever been to us.”

© Luke Cresswell, Diver: William Winram

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