The Large Hadron Collider Could Be Coming to an IMAX Near You
“Secrets of the Universe” is a big screen look into a big, big piece of hardware.
A big piece of hardware like the Large Hadron Collider needs a big screen to show off its glory, and screens don’t come much bigger than an IMAX. K2 Communications wants to bring the story of the world’s largest particle collider to the big screen, but it needs some help.
The documentary Secrets of the Universe is currently seeking around $100,000 in funding on IndieGoGo. The project is currently just over $30,000. It already has some National Science Foundation money for the production, but it needs just a bit more to push it over the top. This is a “flexible funding” campaign, so K2 will still get to keep all the money they’ve raised even if they don’t reach the goal, but the full $100,000 (if they can get it) is for ambitious plans to turn the documentary into a full 3D production, as well as create a version for Giant Screen, the British equivalent of IMAX.
As the Indiegogo page points out, in real life the collider is as tall as many IMAX screens, so the scale would be fairly realistic. K2’s plan calls for a worldwide release with the goal of boosting interest in the STEM fields. Director Stephen Low, who is attached to the project, knows his way around the IMAX format. All that’s left is getting a sufficiently giant screen for the mammoth project that’s helped us to understand reality on the tiniest levels.