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'Deep Sea' depicts life below the wavesat Carnegie Science Center

| Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007

Octopuses and squids, 14-foot sharks and 10-inch shrimp will swim across the screen when a new IMAX film opens at the Carnegie Science Center on Friday. The movie gives viewers an intimate look at the life of exotic, colorful and dangerous creatures of the deep.

"Deep Sea," which is narrated by Kate Winslet and Johnny Depp, brings viewers to the bottom of the world's oceans to observe the lives and habits of many aquatic species. The movie shows how the species interact with and depend on each other. Many scenes, for instance, show small fish "cleaning" the skin of bigger fish with their mouths, and one scene shows reef fish nibbling algae off a sea turtle's shell.

"There is this very strong bond and linkage between a huge diversity of creatures," says Toni Myers, the producer, co-writer and editor of the IMAX film. "It's that diversity that supports and continues life. If you start taking away pieces of that puzzle ... if you start eradicating one species, other species suffer. It's kind of a domino effect."

Watching the movie -- which was directed by underwater cinematographer Howard Hall and features a soundtrack by Danny Elfman, who scores many Tim Burton movies -- is an astonishing experience, she says.

"We wanted to inspire the younger generation about how inspiring a community the ocean reef is," Myers says. "What you experience in the film is extreme, up-close, 3D encounters with absolutely wondrous creatures."

"Deep Sea" promotes a healthy respect for marine life, which has been badly damaged by human practices such as overfishing, Myers says. "The point that this film makes ... you see how each species in and around a reef depends on another," she says. "We show people about how incredible these ecosystems are, and how important it is to try to preserve them."

Each sea creature becomes personified in the movie, which is about 45 minutes long, she says.

"These animals are characters," Myers says. "You cannot believe the personalities they have."

During the run of "Deep Sea," the North Side center will offer a science program called "UnderSea Alive!" The program, which regularly will be held on the Science Stage and is included with admission, will educate visitors about marine animals through audience participation.

Additional Information:

'Deep Sea'

When : Opens Friday, plays through May

Admission : $8; $6 for ages 3-12

Where : Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Ave., North Side

Details : 412-237-3400

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