In Bugs! 3D we experience a magical and illuminating live-action film about the hidden world of insects. This unique film tells the story of life and death in the wild of the tropical rain forest, using stunning macro-photography and 3D imagery to accurately convey the tiny dramas of bug life on a grand scale.
This film follows the life cycles of a mantis and a butterfly, from their birth to their inevitable encounter in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, where predator meets its prey. Bugs! 3D stars Papilio, a butterfly, and Hierodula, a praying mantis, who live in an abandoned hut by a river, surrounded by lush tropical foliage and a supporting cast of other intriguing and extraordinary insects.
We meet a host of other animals,, which, in various deceptive guises, also inhabit the rich, green and humid world: Leaf Cutter Ants which consume 20 of the rainforest's leaves; Rhino Beetles battling for the favours of a female; the Trilobite Beetle hiding his tiny head under armor plating; a Scale Bug disguised as a ball of fluff; an aggressive Spiny Katydid; an Orchid Mantis which resembles the flower and the Thorn Bug, identical to a thorn. In addition, scorpions, tarantulas, frogs, lizards and a colony of three-million bats which consume two and half tons of bugs every night, skitter across the screen, some magnified 250,000 times their normal size.
From metamorphosis to mastery, predator to prey and community to concealment, extraordinary large-format 3D images will bring your students face-to-face with this amazing universe of creatures. Bugs! 3D will magnify the miniscule world of insects and explore the miracle of their success.
INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS
NSW Curriculum Links:
Stage 1 Science & Technology: What’s Alive, Back to Nature, Living Things
Stage 3 Science & Technology: Mini-worlds, Living Things, Cycles in our World
Stage 3 HSIE: Global Experiences: Rainforests
Stage 4-5 Science: Ecosystems
Stage 6 Senior Science: Local Environments
Stage 6 Biology: A Local Ecosystem, Life on Earth.
See our School Film Synopsis for more information.
Ross Anthony - Big Movie Zone
Andrew Pulver - The Guardian