From the dizzying heights of Mount Everest, the perils of polar bear territory, and underwater to explore the seafloor, Shaun MacGillivray takes us there.
Shaun MacGillivray has brought audiences to some of the most extreme environments Earth has to offer: the dizzying heights of Mount Everest, the perils of polar bear territory, and underwater to explore the seafloor.
The film company MacGillivray runs with his father, Greg - who started making surf films in the 1960s and moved into IMAX shortly thereafter - has produced 35 films in 40 years.
Oceans are among MacGillivray's passions, and OurAmazingPlanet caught up with him in Monterey, Calif., at the Blue Ocean Film Festival (held Sept. 24-30) to learn more about the challenges of his craft and the amazing things he has seen.
OurAmazingPlanet: What drives the stories you tell? Is it the science or the entertainment?
Shaun MacGillivray: A big part of trying to raise public awareness is making sure people actually want to watch the films. That's a continual balance we have, from giant-screen films to smartphone screens. I think you need to start with the science, but tell it in a unique way. Over the last three years, we wanted to do something more for a passionate cause, and that's the ocean. So we helped launch http://www.oneworldoneocean.com/">One World One Ocean, a 10-year environmental campaign from IMAX to iPhone to inspire people to protect the oceans. We first talked with the most highly esteemed scientists in the community, like Sylvia Earle, and we felt like a big problem is just ignorance - so few people know about the problems of the oceans.