4iS Four Eyes Ltd. is a privately owned company based in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The company produces independently-financed films for giant screen theatres with high educational content, supported by an accompanying array of teaching materials, audio-visual aids and ancillary activities.

Associated activity to the film production and distribution, including post-production, marketing, promotion etc. will be outsourced to specialized entities.

4iS Four Eyes Ltd. is responsible for the Project Management, acting as a facilitator between investors and the production company, supervising and ensuring the carrying out of the project.

About Us

It is the goal of our company to provide the public with high quality entertainment that guarantees substantial information and facts about historical, natural and social subjects and to induce the individual to learn more about it.

The special technique of a large screen format film presentation offers an experience to the audience which not only appeals to the rational, but also to the emotional side of the individual. Through breathtaking pictures these films provide the audience with high quality entertainment and key information.

Accompanying teaching materials, audio-visual aids and ancillary activities like documentation, DVDs, special web-sites with supplementary links as well as co-operations with museums and specialized TV-Channels provide more information. The variety of these tools takes into account today’s high penetration of society with media of all different kinds and uses it for further substantiating the educational goal.

Bettina Wild (Project Manager) and Alexander Biner (Chairman).


The film is produced by California-based MacGillivray Freeman Films, Inc. This worldwide renowned company has developed more than 30 large format films among them the highest-grossing documentary film ever (Everest, 1998) and two Oscar-nominated documentaries (The Living Sea, 1995; Dolphins, 2000).

The production started in autumn 2005 and was completed in summer 2006. The film premiered on March 7, 2007 at the IMAX theatre of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. The film will be distributed worldwide.

The film partners Holcim and Switzerland Tourism are promoting the film worldwide.

Learn more about the film on: www.alpsfilm.com

About IMAX

The Technology

The special filming and projection techniques of large format films offer an out of the ordinary experience to the audience and have and astounding impact and long recall. Through the immediacy of breathtaking images, large format films provide high quality entertainment and key information at the same time. These films are also well-known as IMAX® movies. IMAX® is a registered trademark of IMAX Corporation, Mississauga, CA.

Large format films are shot in 15-perforation, 70mm film and project images of incredible sharpness. The 15/70 frame is 10 times larger than the 35mm used in regular theatres and three times larger than standard 70mm film used in classic Hollywood epics. This makes it the largest commercial film ever invented.

Given the scale and sophistication of these films, they can only be shown in purposely built cinemas. IMAX theatres feature a giant (up to eight stories high), flat, silver screen and seating that is steeply pitched between 19 and 25 degrees. This allows everyone, even small children, to look up, down and sideways to see the entire screen without obstructions.


Unlike a normal 2D large format movie, a 3D film consists of two films being shown simultaneously. The 3D camera has two lenses set the same distance apart as the human eyes, and films both the left and the right eye images at the same time.
The two pictures are then projected through polarized glass, each eye polarized differently so that the left eye does not see the image of the right eye and vice versa. The viewer wears polarized glasses to help keep the two images separate. Through a process called “stereopsis” the brain brings the two views together into a single three dimensional image.

The 3D effect is truly amazing and not available in any other theatre environment. About 100 large format theatres can show 3D presentations.


There are more than 300 large format theatres operating in 32 countries around the world. Approximately 60 percent of the theatres are located in North America, while the remaining 40 percent are spread internationally.
Roughly 50 percent of the theatres are located in institutional venues, such as museums, planetariums, and maritime centres like American Museum of Natural History New York, British Film Institute London, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Carnegie science Center Pittsburgh, Museum of Science Boston, National Museum of Natural Science Taiwan, Singapore Science Center, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Washington etc.


4iS Four Eyes Ltd.
Dufourstrasse 118
P.O. Box 1360
9001 St. Gallen

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Phone +41 71 274 19 50
Fax +41 71 274 19 60
Mail: 4iS@4iS.ch


www.alpsfilm.com – Official Website

www.macfreefilms.com – MacGillivray Freeman Films

www.holcim.com – The IMAX-film about the Alps was made possible by Holcim

www.myswitzerland.com – Switzerland Tourism is partner of the Alps-Film project

www.mammut.ch – Mammut is the official outfitter of the Alps-Film project

www.imax.ch – The IMAX© theatre in Switzerland

www.giantscreencinema.com – Information about the Giant Screen Cinema Association

www.lfexaminer.com – The independent print newsletter of the Large-Format (LF) motion picture industry