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On Location Under the Arctic Ice

Scenes from an 11-week shoot last summer in Canada’s Arctic Archipelago for To The Arctic, MFF’s upcoming film about global climate change (spring 2011).

Not all coral reefs live in tropical waters. Here, healthy coral reefs under the Arctic sea ice form a kaleidoscope of colors.

A cable to power their lights is the filmmakers’ only lifeline under the ice. To get underwater, they must first descend through a hole in the ice that is three feet thick.

Cinematographer Bob Cranston said this was the hardest underwater shoot he had ever conducted. The frigid water (29° F/ -1.67°C ) made his hands so cold it was hard to grip the IMAX camera.

Bob Cranston and Adam Ravetch maneuver the 350-pound IMAX camera to film a slow-moving Greenland shark. Greenland sharks are native to the waters of the North Atlantic Ocean around Greenland and Iceland.

An elegant female narwhal swims in her native Arctic waters. Female narwhals don’t generally have the long tusk that is typically associated with narwhals.