Toni Myers biography
A Beautiful Planet Director
Toni Myers served as a producer, editor and co-writer for director Howard Hall's 2009 underwater IMAX 3D adventure Under the Sea
3D, narrated by Jim Carrey. Prior to this, she teamed with Hall in the same capacity on the highly successful Deep Sea 3D, which won Best Large Format Film awards at the 14 prestigious WildScreen and Jackson Hole Natural History film festivals, and has grossed over $85 million.
After attending the Ontario College of Art, Myers began her career as an assistant editor in Toronto, working on commercials, episodes of the CBC series Telescope and the groundbreaking feature Nobody Waved Goodbye. This led to work on the successful and controversial CBC public affairs program This Hour Has Seven Days, and the dramatic series Forest Rangers and Seaway.
In 1965, after moving to New York, Myers met Graeme Ferguson, later to become coinventor and co-founder of IMAX. Their early work together on Ferguson's dramatic multiimage film Polar Life was a huge success at Montreal's EXPO '67 and proved the
beginning of a partnership which continues today and includes more than 15 films.
Following the Expo, Myers moved to England to work on such projects as Allan King's Who Is series about artists; BBC's Horizon; music projects for the Beatles' company, Apple; and individual features and videos for John Lennon and Yoko Ono. She also collaborated on a documentary feature commissioned by the band Santana. While in England, Myers was invited to return to Canada to edit Graeme Ferguson's pioneering all-IMAX film, North of Superior to show at Ontario Place. It became an instant classic and still runs as a signature film.
Myers went on to edit films for the CBC's experimental dramatic series For the Record, for directors Gilles Carle, Claude Jutra, and Francis Mankiewicz, and won the CBC's Wilderness Award for her work on Jutra's Ada. She also edited Gail Singer's award-winning documentary for the National Film Board's Studio D, Stories from the North and South.
Myers' long association with large format films includes multiple IMAX productions, including Ocean, Snow Job, Hail Columbia! and Heart Land. She was associate producer and supervising editor on Rolling Stones: At the Max. A key member of the IMAX Space team, founded by Ferguson, Myers also wrote and edited the
multiple award-winning space films The Dream is Alive, Destiny in Space and Blue
Planet, which she also narrated. These were followed by L-5: First City in Space and Mission to Mir, which she also co-produced. Myers directed, produced and wrote the 2002 IMAX space film Space Station 3D, which has grossed over $100 million since its release, winning the Large Format Film Industry's Best Film Award.
During their extensive history-making IMAX space films, Ferguson and Myers have trained over 120 astronauts and cosmonauts. In 2009, the astronauts of the STS-125 crew presented Myers with the Silver Snoopy Award in recognition of her excellence and achievements in bringing the space experience to IMAX audiences around the world.