The California Science Center is sad to share the news that Toni Myers passed away on Monday, February 18. A true pioneer and a visionary filmmaker, Toni had been involved in the giant screen cinema industry since its very beginning as editor, writer, producer, and director. Her astonishing, multiple award-winning filmography shows remarkable breadth and includes A Beautiful Planet (2016), Hubble 3D(2010), Under the Sea (2009), Deep Sea(2006), Space Station 3D (2002), Mission to Mir (1996), L5: First City in Space (1996), Destiny in Space (1994), Blue Planet (1990), The Dream Is Alive (1985), Hail Columbia! (1982), and many others.
Prior to her IMAX films, she edited television drama and music films, working with some greats of the 1960s—including John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Santana—and her music background strongly influenced her filmmaking, especially her groundbreaking editing style.
Toni’s films were not only artistically and educationally significant but also commercially successful at theaters in museums and science centers around the world, taking millions of people from deep under the sea to the farthest reaches of space. Her films have inspired countless audiences of all ages, and will continue to inspire generations to come, to care more about our planet and beyond. Through her films, Toni was able to show the world for the first time what it’s really like to be in space. Astronauts Tom Jones, Susan Helms, and Terry Virts all credit her and the early IMAX space films for inspiring them to pursue space exploration and become astronauts, and director Christopher Nolan has said he researched her space films in preparation for filming Interstellar.
Toni was one of the most beloved, respected, and highly regarded people in the industry. Warm, gracious, and exceptionally humble, she always selflessly insisted on deflecting any personal praise and shared credit with her teams of collaborators.
"Toni was an artist who brought human space exploration alive to everyone. Toni's work on IMAX films such as The Dream is Alive, ISS, and more will live forever, as will her legacy. Godspeed, Toni." NASA Astronaut Mike Polansky
"Rest in Peace Toni Myers. You were a wonderful friend and mentor and you will be missed. Helping you make IMAX's A Beautiful Planet was the highlight of my career as an astronaut. Toni's legacy will live on forever." NASA Astronaut Terry Virts
"The first film on shuttle I recall seeing – Toni's The Dream is Alive – blew me away. I wanted to be a part of that adventure. We’ll miss Toni, but her films will never be eclipsed." NASA Astronaut Tom Jones