"Tornado Alley," a new IMAX film about twisters, debuts at Discovery Place on Friday.
Calling it "the most eagerly awaited IMAX release of the decade," Discovery Place says "Tornado Alley" follows large-format filmmaker Sean Casey (star of the Discovery Channel's "Storm Chasers" series) and the researchers of the VORTEX2 initiative on a quest to witness the birth of a tornado.
Casey and his crew use a fleet of customized vehicles designed to withstand gale force winds, torrential rains and hail, and an arsenal of advanced weather measurement instruments. The effect: watching a tornado at point-blank range.
“There’s a huge difference between filming a tornado from a couple miles away with a telephoto lens, and filming a tornado that’s on top of you with a wide-angle lens,” Casey said in a media release. “After eight years, I’m thrilled to finally share these incredible experiences with audiences everywhere.”
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The public can meet Casey and check out his Tornado Intercept Vehicle on March 31, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and April 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Casey will also answer questions after a special screening of the film on March 31.
The film runs through May 31, 2012.