A new IMAX film focused on solar energy, Planet Power, held its world premiere in Washington DC in March and is now coming to screens across the globe. Impact4All speaks to director Pascal Vuong about the inspiration behind his big screen creation…
Planet Power tells the story of electricity, from the first spark created by man’s hand to the largest power plants, from Benjamin Franklin’s kite to Solar Impulse, the first solar-powered plane capable of perpetual flight. It is a story of pioneers, scientists and inventors, one that began 200 years ago, driven by innovation.
The film also explores the challenges ahead: how to meet the growing energy needs of our industrialised world while also protecting the health of our planet.
“We tell the story of why electricity is important and why we can’t live without it. We need to educate our younger generation on why it’s important to produce it in a cleaner way,” Vuong, who co-wrote the film with Ronan Chapalain, tells Impact4All in an exclusive video interview. “Planet Power ultimately makes the connection between electricity production and global warming.”
The director says he chose the IMAX format for the 40-minute documentary because it’s ‘spectacular and educational’. The film’s striking visuals lend its message resonance for the younger generation, who the film is aimed at, says Vuong.
By mixing chalk animation and CGI to spectacular aerial shots, Planet Power shows how renewable energy can help fight climate change while improving quality of life and protecting the environment. “I don’t want to give the younger generation a lesson, I want them to understand that this is part of our global condition,” says Vuong.
Entirely shot in 3D for the world’s largest screens, Planet Power is now playing in 3D and 2D in select giant screens and IMAX theaters in the US and is coming soon to other countries.