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Ben Stassen is a Belgian film director, producer and screenwriter. He founded nWave Pictures in 1994, producing CG ride films including Devil's Mine. Starting in 1997, Stassen began focusing on large-format films, directingThrill Ride: The Science of Fun and Alien Adventure. In the late 1990s, Stassen directed a succession of 3-D large-format films, including Encounter in the Third Dimension and Haunted Castle.
|Occupation||Film director, film producer|
|Known for||Fly Me to the Moon|
The Wild Life
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.
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 Son of Bigfoot (2017).
The Queen's Corgi, the 7th feature animated project from Stassen, was released in 2019.
Budgeted at more than $20 million, “Corgi” follows the adventure of Rex, the British monarch's most beloved dog, who is tricked into leaving his mistress in search for adventure. But soon his escapade takes an unexpected turn as he stumbles across a fight club with dogs of all kinds confronting each other. During his epic journey to return to Buckingham Palace, Rex falls in love and discovers his true self.
Stassen is currently working on the launch of a streaming platform for 3D content for VR Headsets (www.nwave3Dchannel.com).
- 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)