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|Occupation||film director, film producer|
|Known for||Fly Me to the Moon
The Wild Life
Ben Stassen is a Belgian film director, producer and screenwriter. He founded nWave Pictures in 1994, producing successful CGI ride films including the groundbreaking Devils Mine. Starting in 1997, Stassen began focusing on large-format films, and made some of the most successful large-format films to date, including Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun and Alien Adventure. Contrary to most large-format films, which mix education with spectacular visuals, Stassen's earlier large-format films were aimed exclusively at the entertainment market. As IMAX theaters around the world increasingly became capable of screening stereoscopic (3-D) films in the late 1990s, Stassen embraced this new technology, and directed a succession of popular 3-D large-format films, including Encounter in the Third Dimension and Haunted Castle.
In 2005, Stassen produced and directed Wild Safari 3D, the first 3-D wildlife film for the giant screen.
Ben Stassen's first feature-length animated film, Fly Me to the Moon, was released in North America on 15 August 2008 on both regular-size and IMAX screens, exclusively in 3-D. According to nWave, Fly Me to the Moon was the first animated film to be designed, created, and released solely in 3-D. The film was originally announced for the spring or summer of 2007. The delay is believed to be the result of the slow roll-out of 3-D projection technology.
On 7 May 2008, nWave announced that its next feature-length animated film would be called Around the World in 50 Years and that it too would be directed by Ben Stassen. It was released in 2010 as A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures. Further animated features directed or co-directed by Stassen include A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise (2012), The House of Magic (2013), The Wild Life (2016) and the upcoming The Son of Bigfoot (2017).
- Thrill Ride: The Science of Fun (1997)
- Alien Adventure (1999)
- Encounter in the Third Dimension (1999)
- Haunted Castle (2001)
- SOS Planet (2002)
- Misadventures in 3D (2003)
- Haunted House (2004)
- Wild Safari 3D (2005)
- African Adventure: Safari in the Okavango (2007)
- Pirate Story (2011)
- Fly Me to the Moon (2008)
- A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures (2010)
- A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise (2012)
- The House of Magic (2013)
- Robinson Crusoe (2016) (Released as The Wild Life in North America.)
- The Son of Bigfoot (2017)