You’ve seen him on television. You’ve seen him on the giant screen. Now see Sean Casey like never before: live and in person at the Orlando Science Center! Casey will appear June 30 – July 1 and he’s bringing the Tornado Intercept Vehicle with him! He’ll be introducing his film, Tornado Alley, in the Dr. Phillips CineDome; conducting question-and-answer sessions; and hosting tours of the seven-ton armored vehicle he uses to drive into the heart of tornadoes.
Who is Sean Casey?
Sean Casey is an IMAX filmmaker and professional storm chaser who made his feature-length directorial debut with Tornado Alley, a film in which he also stars and serves as first unit cinematographer. Over the course of his career, Casey has filmed volcanoes, hurricanes and earthquakes.
After graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1992 with a degree in Film Studies, Casey began working in the IMAX format. His credits include Ring of Fire, Search for the Great Sharks, Africa: The Serengeti, Alaska: Spirit of the Wild and Forces of Nature.
From 2007 to 2011, Casey starred on the Discovery Channel television series Storm Chasers. He has also appeared on such programs as Mythbusters, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Larry King Live, Last Call with Carson Daly and many more.
In 2008, Discover magazine named Casey one of the 50 best minds of the year.
What is the Tornado Intercept Vehicle 2 (TIV 2)?
The Tornado Intercept Vehicle was designed by film director Sean Casey. The latest incarnation, TIV 2, is based on a Dodge Ram 3500 that was converted to six-wheel drive by adding a third axle. The vehicle was built so it could capture tornado footage never before seen, such as from inside a tornado.
On each side is a hydraulically-operated, stabilizing spear that can pierce the ground at a depth of 42 inches. To block debris and prevent it from being tossed in the air, hydraulically-operated drop-down skirts lower on each side. A turret is located near the center of the vehicle that is reserved for the IMAX camera and weather instrument mast.
The body of TIV 2 is constructed of a 1/8-inch steel skin welded over a 2-inch square tubing steel frame. The windows in TIV 2 are bullet-resistant 1.63-inch interlayered polycarbonate sheets and tempered glass. It features a modified 6.7-liter turbo-diesel engine, a 92-gallon fuel tank, weighs 14,000 pounds and has a top speed of more than 100 miles per hour.
What is Tornado Alley?
This awe-inspiring and heart-pounding film, narrated by Bill Paxton (Twister, Titanic), follows filmmaker and storm chaser Sean Casey and the scientists of VORTEX2, the largest tornado-research project ever assembled, on separate missions to encounter one of earth’s most remarkable events – the birth of a tornado.
Over the course of Tornado Alley, science begins to reveal the unseen architecture of nature’s most elusive weather phenomenon. And viewers, for the first time in film history, are taken straight into the heart of an actual tornado. This unforgettable, visual journey tracks the paths of a renegade filmmaker and team of dedicated researchers, two very different kinds of storm chasers whose ultimate goal is nonetheless the same: to unlock the mysteries of earth’s most violent storms.
Admission and Event Schedule
Meet Sean Casey, tour TIV 2, participate in question-and-answer sessions, and see Tornado Alley with general admission to the Orlando Science Center which costs $17 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11). Guests are also welcome to experience the newest exhibit, PLAY, as well as all other Science Center exhibits, live programs and giant screen films.
On Saturday, June 30, Tornado Alley is showing at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, July 1, the film is showing at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Q&A sessions will occur after each film screening. Tours of TIV 2 will be taking place throughout the day with times TBD. For more information about the weekend’s activities, please call 407.514.2000 or visit www.osc.org. For more information on the film, please visit www.TornadoAlleyMovie.com.