AMNH Introduces 3D Digital Films

The eyelash mite which has 8 legs, as featured in the 3-D giant screen film, "Mysteries of the Unseen World," produced by National Geographic Entertainment and Day's End Pictures Photo courtesy of Eye of Science / Science Photo Library
The eyelash mite which has eight legs, as featured in the 3-D giant screen film, “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” produced by National Geographic Entertainment and Day’s End Pictures. Photo courtesy of Eye of Science/Science Photo Library

This Friday, January 10, visitors of the American Museum of Natural History are in for an exciting treat as the museum premiers its first ever 3D digital film, “Mysteries of the Unseen World.”

As the film’s director, Louie Schwartzberg, has learned through his work, incredible things happen around us all the time—many of which the human eye can’t detect. “Mysteries of the Unseen World” will give viewers a privileged look at miracles in nature that we constantly miss, whether it’s because they occur too slowly, like the blossoming of a flower, too quickly, like the bouncy splatter of a falling raindrop, or are just too small, like the microscopic space matter that floats through the air around us.

Made using high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology, the film is one that will leave both adults and children in awe. The added 3D effect only serves to make images, like the tiny scales of a butterfly’s wing, that much more stunning.

“My goal is for the kids to be inspired,” Schwartzberg says. He wanted to create a film that would be both educational and moving. Much of the imagery in the film forces audiences to view the world around them in a drastically new way.

“Thinking differently and looking at things differently is the key to success,” he says.

Produced by National Geographic Entertainment and Day’s End Pictures with award-winning actor Forest Whitaker narrating, this 40 minute film will be screening in both 2D and 3D through June.

“Mysteries of the Unseen World” will run daily in the museum’s Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater. For more information, visit

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