Deepsea Challenge 3D

Synopsis: DEEPSEA CHALLENGE 3D follows the dramatic story of James Cameron's odyssey as he undertakes an expedition to the deepest part of the ocean. This is a journey of historic proportion and risk. The film will mesmerize viewers of all ages with the thrill of true discovery and the allure of the unknown, of new life forms, and of vistas never before captured on camera - all right here on planet Earth.
Genre: Documentary
Production: National Geographic
  7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

(James) There are human footprints on the moon.

and Rover is exploring

the surface of Mars.

We can Google

a satellite picture

of any place

on the Earths surface.

So we often think

that our planet

has been

completely explored.

But the depths of the oceans

remain a mystery

and the extreme depths

have barely been glimpsed.

Down there is the last

great frontier of our world.

There are 12 trenches

that are over 4 miles deep.

Theyre thousands of miles long and have a combined area

greater than North America.

7'hats a dark continent down there, waiting to be explored.

Unseen by human eyes because the machines dont exist to take us there.

Its my dream

to build such a machine,

and get inside it

and dive to the deepest

places in the world,

to explore them

with my own eyes.

I started preparing for these dives when l was a kid,

getting in a cardboard box.

Close the Iid, and imagine

it was a submarine.


Drawing with a crayon,

you know, some gauges.



Yeah, I was a real

science geek, you know,

but for me it was all about trying to understand the world,

understand the limits

of possibility.

Hey, little buddy.

I think it was from

being a kid in the '60s

when we were doing

so much exploration.

From going to the moon and Jacques Cousteau was exploring the oceans

and, you know,

I just loved that stuff.

I couldnt think of anything cooler than to be a deep ocean explorer.

I can remember the first time that the deep ocean captured my imagination.

It was, you know, when Trieste went to the bottom of the Challenger Deep.

(TV) The Bathyscaphe would pass its ultimate test in 1960,

its third model carrying Piccards son, Jacques, and Don Walsh

35, 000 feet down

into the Mariana Trench.

(James)The Bathyscaphe Trieste was an amazing machine for its time.

A massive

150-ton steel balloon

filled with gasoline

for flotation.

It had a 14-ton

pressure sphere

for the crew

slung underneath.


Oxygen, one thin bar.

Scrubber fans on.


Damn it.

Tachometers taken a hit.

We go without it.

(James)Inside the sphere,U. 8. Navy Lieutenant

Don Walsh

and scientist Jacques Piccard

would pilot Trieste to the bottom of Challenger Deep.

It was a dive into history.

But no one

has been back since.

Just like on Trieste, the heart of our new sub is a steel sphere,

forged in fire.

52 years later, theres still no better solution.

The sphere is natures perfect shape for resisting pressure.

And its going to protect me from the crushing force down at the bottom.

Over 16,000 pounds

per square inch.

Thats like having two Humvees

stacked on your thumbnail.

its taken us three years to design and build this sphere.

We have to heat treat

the steel...

to be strong enough

to withstand the weight

of seven vertical miles

of water.

We have to know that

the sphere is safe.

If it buckles on a real dive,

itII implode

at hypersonic speed

and I get chummed into a meat cloud in about two microseconds.

The clinks I heard when we tested it the first time,

when we got rid of the stress cracking, that hasnt happened.

Its 16,000 psi.

Looks like weve done it.

Yeah, you got to be happy with that. We're all the way to the top.

So, its as you predicted?

It's as we predicted.

Well done.

Good on you, Ron.

When you design technology

to do something new,

its going to look strange.

The Deepsea Challenger

is a vertical torpedo.

its designed to scream down through the water column at high speed.

The reason for that is wed just rather spend the time at the bottom

working, exploring, than going through seven miles of water.

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Andrew Wight

Andrew Wight (14 November 1959 – 4 February 2012) was an Australian screenwriter and producer best known for his 2011 film Sanctum. He produced over 45 films including television documentaries, live television specials and 3D IMAX films. His credits include Ghosts of the Abyss, Aliens of the Deep and Expedition: Bismarck. Andrew Wight was honored with the Australian Geographic Society Spirit of Adventure Awards in 1989.Andrew grew up on the family farm "Tarqua" near Harrow in Western Victoria, and attended Hamilton College as a boarder between 1972 and 1977. It was here that he developed a taste for caving, exploring the nearby Byaduk Caves network of lava caves, under the direction of his Chemistry teacher, accompanied by a few other close school friends. In 1988, he eventually went on to attempt a record cave dive in Pannikin Plains Cave on the Nullarbor Plain, where flash floods turned the expedition into a life-or-death adventure. This was captured on film by his support team, and eventually published as Nullarbor Dreaming. This short film launched his career as an international film-maker and culminated in him becoming James Cameron's right-hand man on many 3D and other film projects. Sanctum was inspired by his Nullarbor experience. On 4 February 2012, he was killed in a helicopter crash at Jaspers Brush near the town of Berry in New South Wales, Australia. The crash also claimed the life of American filmmaker Mike deGruy. more…

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