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The Nature of Things presents The Great Butterfly Hunt an adaptation of the feature documentary "The Flight of the Butterflies" an SK Films IMAX Giant Screen and 3D production that premiered across Canada in the spring of 2013.

Visit Flight of the Butterflies online.
Learn more about monarchs.
Explore Fred and Norah Urquart's story.
Read about monarch conservation and preservation.

The 2013 numbers are out and they show a significant decline in the monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico. Read more.

The Great Butterfly Hunt tells the story of incredible journeys. The first is that of the remarkable Monarch migration, which is the longest insect migration on Earth. The second story is that of Fred Urquhart, the determined Canadian scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for the winter.

The Great Butterfly Hunt is a beautiful and colourful one-hour program that combines the spectacular visuals from Flight of the Butterflies with the production’s behind-the-scenes look at how such films get made. As many Canadians will be groaning about the long grey winter ahead, The Great Butterfly Hunt will remind audiences of the promise of spring. And, at a time when the monarch population is in rapid decline, viewers will have an opportunity to watch one of Nature’s most dramatic feats unfold.  

Credits (Click to expand)

This project is adapted from SK FILMS’ Giant Screen release
Flight Of The Butterflies

Executive Producer
Jonathan Barker

Directed By
Mike Slee

Written By
Mike Slee  & Wendy MacKeigan

Based On A Concept By Phil Streather 
Developed By Sk Films And Principal Large Format
With The Support Of Alejandro González Cimadevilla
Creative Consultant 
Mose Richards

Produced By
Jonathan Barker
Rafael Cuervo
Mike Slee
Supervising Producer
Myles Connolly

Co-Executive Producers
Wendy MacKeigan
Maria Elena Gutierrez Santoscoy
Joanna Baldwin-Mallory

Director Of Photography & Stereographer 
Simon de Glanville
Director Of Photography 
Paul Williams
Camera Operator
Dylan Reade

Macro Sequences By Vision 3

Macro Photography Systems Designer
Peter Parks

Susan Shipton
Production Designer
Sandy Kybartas
Mexican Period Consultant
Salvador Parra
Costume Designer
Steven Wright
Supervising Sound Editor
Peter Thillaye
Music By
Jacobo Lieberman
Leo Heiblum

John Buchan & Jason Knight

Gordon Pinsent As Dr. Fred Urquhart

Original SK Films Version Narrated By
Megan Follows
Montserrat Oliver (Español)

Nora Urquhart
Patricia Phillips

Ken Brugger
Shaun Benson

Catalina Aguado
Stephanie Sigman

Middle Age Fred Urquhart
Stephen Bogaert

Jim Street
Thomas Price

Hunter #1
Gerardo Martinez Saldivar

Young Fred Urquhart
Dylan Hoerner

Dean Boen
Jeffrey McRae

Hunter # 2
Manolo Jimenez Frayre

Young Norah Urquhart
Stacy Smith

Female Volunteer
Alexandra Ordolis 

Fred Stand In
Manuel Montes

Sofia Sisniega

Male Volunteer
Kevin Macdonald

Nora Stand In
Roxana Colombon

Jim Gilbert
Matthew Oliver
Scientific Advisors
Dr. Orley "Chip" Taylor
Dr. Lincoln Brower
Dr. Karen Oberhauser
Dr. Steven Malcolm
Grant Bowers
Historical Advisors
Catalina Aguado Trail
Don Davis
Doug Urquhart
Alex Mifflin
Tyler Mifflin
Caleigh Barker

Main Unit

Line Producer
Kym Crepin
Stefan Lissner

Key Grip
Simon Thorpe

1st Assistant Cameramen
Stuart Mcfarlane
Jeff Packer
Hugh Campbell

2nd Camera Assistant
David Stuart

Digital Imaging Technicians
Mark Bone
Jeffrey Cassidy
Dave Wright
Joe Steel

Insect Wrangler
Jim Lovisek

And Prodcution Units In Canada, Mexico, The United Kingdom And The United States

Post Production

Post Production Supervisors
Tim Wellspring
John Harcourt
Lynda Mckenzie
1st Assistant Picture Editor
Mark Bone

Post Production Assistant
Nathan Cohen

Sheridan College Screen Industries Research And Training Centre
Bert Dunk, Asc, Csc
Jim Hagerty
John Helliker
Post Production Sound 
Sound Editing And Premix Facility
Thillaye Productions Toronto

Sound Designer
Peter Thillaye

Sound Effects Supervisor And Pre-Mixer
Ed Douglas

Additional Sound Effects Pre-Mixer
Keith Elliot

Dialogue Editor
Peter Thillaye

1st Assistant Sound Editor
Lan Tran

Supervising Re-Recording Mixer 
Tim Cavagin

Re-Recording Mixer
Craig Irving

Tech Assistants 
Gwilym Perry
Max Walsh

Sound Tech Assistance 
Peter Clark
Lloyd Mattock

Sound Department Coordinator 
Vivian Jordan

ADR Studio Toronto 
Spence-Thomas Audio Post

ADR Recordist 
Kyle Peters

Foley Artists
Goyo Koyama
Andy Malcolm

Foley Assistant
Sandra Fox

Foley Recording Mixers 
Don White
Jack Heeren

Foley Recorded At 
Footsteps Post Production Sound Inc

Foley Recording Assistant 
Jenna Dalla Riva
Music Produced In Audioflot By 
Leonardo Heiblum
Jacobo Lieberman

Mixed By 
Leonardo Heiblum

Music Assistants 
Juan Manuel Ledezma
Emiliano González de León

Studio Assistant 
Tamara Ciriza

Alejandro Castaños
Re-Recorded At Twickenham Film Studios

Visual Effects 
Chris Panton
Juliana Johnson Mortimer
Robin Astorenas
Tudor Colac
Franco Bresciani
Rogan Macdonald
Mike Connolly
Val Wardlaw
Serdar Sigma
Barnaby Stoppard

Post Producer 
Ben McGuire

Technical Supervisor 
Rik Tester

Operations Director 
Andy Shelly

Data Asset Coordinator
Emily Johnson

Mistika 3d Operator 
David Gonzalez Lozano
MRI and Micro CT Scans
Dr. Richard Stringer

Digial Intermediate by Deluxe | EFILM | Toronto
Digital Intermediate Colourist 
Chris Wallace

Digital Intermediate Producer 
Peter Armstong

V.P Of  Operations 
Nick Iannelli

Digital Intermediate Project Manager 
Nellie Mirazizyan

Imaging Supervisor 
Nick Paulozza

Digital Intermediate Editors 
Kevin Downer
Dave Muscat

Digital Intermediate Assistant 
Alison Schouten

3d Alignment 
Motassem Younes

Image Enhancement 
Eric Myles
Pietro Gallo

Data Supervisor 
Tom Mayclim
Data Wranglers 
Trevor Pickard
Jordon Brewer
Cameron Scott Trask

Cameras Provided By  
Imax Corporation 
3d Camera Company 
Macro Equipment Supplied By Vision 3 And Image Quest 3-D
Legal Services Provided By 
Rafael Ayala (Ae Abogados)
John Duncan (Duncan, Morin)

Production Insurance Provided By 
Arthur J. Gallagher (Canada) Group
Lci Seguros

Scott Larsen
Kay, Warburton

Uk Tax Incentive Advisors - Rsm Tenon
Moses Nyachae
Anton Bernitchevski

Pelicula Realizada Con El Estimulo Fiscal Del
Articulo 226 De La Lisp (Eficine)

Tax Incentive Financing Services 
Canada Film Capital
[Canadian Government Logo]
The Canadian Film Or Video Production Tax Credit
Amber Hawtin

Behind The Scenes

Produced By  Jonathan Barker
   Wendy MacKeigan

Camera   Tyler Mifflin
   Justin Thomas Ostensen
Nathan Cohen

Edited By  Steve Guise

Online Editor  Mark Bone

Audio   Fernando Camara
   Tyler Mifflin
   Leon Sandovala

Post Audio  Peter Thillaye
   Ed Douglas

Music   Leo Heiblum
   Jacobo Lieberman

Post Supervisor Mark Bone

Coordinators  Amber Hawtin
   Nathan Cohen

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Special Thanks
Valentine Kass
Robert Sullivan
Eduardo Rendon
Marinela Servitje de Lerdo de Tejada
Felipe Calderón Hinojosa
Margarita Zavala
Gloria Guevara Manzo
Eruviel Ávila Villegas
Rosalinda Elizabeth Benítez González
Fausto Vallejo Figueroa 
Roberto Monroy García
Luis Fueyo Macdonald
Lorenzo J. de Rosenzweig
Daniel Servitje
Martha Eugenia Hernández
Karina Fogel
Ing. José Antonio Fernández Carbajal
Van Reiner
Jim O'leary
Maureen Sullivan

Journey North
Monarch Watch
Monarchs In The Classroom

presented By
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Mexico Gobierno De La Republica Logo
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Mariposa Monarcha Reserva De La Biosfera Logo
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In association With

Fondo Mexicano Para La Conservacion De La Naturaleza A.C. Logo
Maryland Science Center Logo

With Major Funding Provided By
National Science Foundation Logo

dedicated to
Robert Kerr
Co-Creator Of Imax®
Co-Founder, Sk Films

a Canada-United Kingdom-Mexico co-production

© FOBC Productions Inc., Flight Of The Butterflies Uk Ltd., Sin Sentido Films S.A. De C.V.
2012 all rights reserved

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produced in association with
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Tina Verma

online editing
Jessica Nardi

associate director
Renée Moreau

re-recording mix
Don Dickson
resource coordinators
Megan Beeckmans
Analisa Amoroso

unit production manager
June Hall

senior manager
Documentary Unit
Wilma Alexander

senior producers
FM Morrison
Caroline Underwood
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executive producer
Sue Dando

executive director
Documentary Programming
Mark Starowicz
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