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Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray Shares His “Journey to the South Pacific”

  Journey to the South Pacific, a new 3D IMAX film now in theaters, takes moviegoers on an adventure through the island paradise of remote West Papua, a province of Indonesia in the Coral Triangle. Narrated by Cate Blanchett, the film tells the story of Jawi Mayor, a young island boy who discovers the incredible diversity…

After The Dark World: What’s Next for Thor and His Hammer?

Anticipating another “Thor” movie, we asked a Scandinavian folklore expert to suggest what the Norse god of thunder might do next.

Pixar Producer Discusses Technology Behind Movie Animation

By: Bianca Brooks Insurance. That’s the field Oscar-nominated Pixar animator and visual effects director Andrew Jimenez credits for helping to make him the animator he is today. After studying film in college, he got an unglamorous insurance job, and that’s where he learned tools like Photoshop, which gave him the grounding he needed as an…

Saudi Filmmaker Breaks New Ground With “Wadjda”

Haifaa al-Mansour, director of “Wadjda,” the first Saudi submission to the Academy Awards, talks about the challenges of working as a woman and a filmmaker in Saudi Arabia.

‘This Is The End’ Has Everything Nat Geo Loves, from Sinkholes to Milky Way (Bars)

By the end of This Is The End, I had tears in my eyes – from laughing so hard – and a sinking feeling in my stomach. You see, I had been assigned to cover this particular movie by Marc, my editor at National Geographic, a publication that prides itself on presenting a balanced view…

In the new ‘Star Trek’ film, Spock stops an active volcano. Is that possible?

In the opening scenes of Star Trek Into Darkness, Spock (Zachary Quinto) is dropped in the middle of an active volcano. His mission? To stop the volcano from exploding before it destroys everything in its path. His equipment? A suitcase-sized “cold fusion” device, designed to destroy the volcano — and nothing else. Is this even…

Haunting “Planet Ocean” Film Calls for Change

Acclaimed French environmentalist, photographer, and filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand has been traveling in the U.S. to premiere his recent film Planet Ocean. Arthus-Bertrand’s photos have been published numerous times in National Geographic media, and he recently sat down with the National Geographic Channel to discuss his 2009 film Home. His new film Planet Ocean is narrated by…

The Sessions: Life In An Iron Lung

Can you imagine spending your life encased in 750 pounds of iron? The new film The Sessions is based on the true story of Mark O’Brien, a poet who was largely confined to an iron lung. Learn more about the history of iron lungs…

Sneak Peek: All Roads Film Festival

If you’re in the DC area, stop by National Geographic headquarters this weekend for a cultural treat: The All Roads Film Festival (Sept. 27-30), featuring compelling stories from indigenous and minority cultures. The films take viewers around the world, from the rural Philippines and Tibet to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Story Behind “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Pop Omnivore spoke with director Benh Zeitlin and co-producer Michael Gottwald about the myths and movie magic in their new award-winning film, Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Exclusive: The Secret of the Aurochs (Those “Beasts of the Southern Wild”)

In the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild, real-world villains and folkloric foes prove no match for a brave young girl, her dying father, and a ragtag bunch of bayou dwellers. But what really caught our eye was that herd—a group of animals known as aurochs. How did the moviemakers “create” these menacing beasts? In an exclusive interview with Pop Omnivore, second-unit director Ray Tintori reveals the shocking truth. (Hint: It’s cuter than you think.)

Hey Spiderman, Here’s What Really Happens When a Spider Bites You

Inspired by the movie The Amazing Spider-Man, Pop Omnivore wondered: What can a real spider bite do to a real human being? To find out, we asked Dana DeRoche, an arachnid specialist at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, which spider species have the worst—and weirdest—bite.

Do Pebbles Really Help If You’re Thirsty? A Scoutmaster’s Take on “Moonrise Kingdom”

How accurately did the movie depict what real-life scouts learn about camping and wilderness safety?

Global Glimpses: A Guide to the Oscar Foreign Film Nominees

Didn’t get a chance to see any of the foreign-language movies nominated for an Academy Award this year? Better brush up before Sunday! We’ll make it easy: Here’s a synopsis of each of the five nominees, compiled by staff who attended the All Roads Film Project “Global Glimpses” screenings at National Geographic headquarters last weekend.…

Valley of Saints: Finding The Beauty In Kashmir

Among the winners at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Valley of Saints, an environmental drama that casts light on the toll that human habitation and tourism have taken on Kashmir’s lovely Dal Lake. The plot centers around a boatman named Gulzar and his best friend, who are planning to run away from the conflict…