Planning Grant for Sea Monsters: A Large-Format Film

June 1st, 2004 - November 30th, 2004 | PROJECT

National Geographic Television is requesting a planning grant to support the development of a 3D large-format film, "Sea Monsters," which will focus on current scientific and paleontological research into ancient ocean life. The film will provide audiences the chance to follow men and women working in diverse disciplines within the Earth Sciences including Paleontology, Oceanography and Marine Biology, and the film will illustrate the interplay between science and technology. Standards-based lesson plans for the classroom and informal activity guides for families will augment the impact of the film. During the planning phase the production team will conduct further research into the scientific themes and stories for the film, identify the scientists who will appear in the film, perform front-end topic testing and evaluation in order to assess the public's interest and current knowledge about the topic, write a full film treatment, develop a detailed budget and assess potential CGI studios.

Project Website(s)

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Team Members

Lisa Truitt, Principal Investigator, National Geographic Television
Barbara Flagg, Evaluator, Multimedia Research


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0340914
Funding Amount: 50000


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Families | General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Geoscience and geography | Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Films and IMAX | Media and Technology