Watermelon Magic

International audiences delight in this nearly wordless burst of color and music that draws inspiration from film classic "The Red Balloon", and children and families are enchanted by the story of young Sylvie in her magical garden. Weaving together documentary and narrative elements, "Watermelon Magic" chronicles a season on the family farm, as Sylvie grows a patch of watermelons to sell at market. Constructed entirely from over 200,000 high-resolution still photos, this 30-minute film employs a dynamic style of varying shutter-burst frame rates with stunning time-lapse sequences. We witness the elementary scientific concepts of the life cycle of plants, observing their journey from seed to flower to fruit. When harvest time arrives, Sylvie must decide if she will share her precious watermelon babies with the world.

This is the first film for the Giant Screen and IMAX® theaters made entirely with digital stills, and the first IMAX® film about farms, food production, and healthy eating. It is also the first crowd-sourced film to be shown in IMAX®. It won Best Children's Film at the 2013 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and was a finalist for Best Children's Media at the 2014 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. It has enjoyed runs at dozens of science museums around the world.