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The movie

JOURNEY TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC will take moviegoers on a breathtaking IMAX® 3D adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea.


Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he takes us on a journey of discovery to this magical place where we encounter whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and other iconic creatures of the sea. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on earth.


An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home.


    The filmmakers

    GREG MacGILLIVRAY (Director) is a giant screen documentary filmmaker who has produced and directed many of the most successful films shown in IMAX® theatres, including the box‐office hit Everest and the Academy Award®‐nominated films The Living Sea and Dolphins.

    His most recent film, To The Arctic, received the Best Film of the Year award from the Giant Screen Cinema Association. With 37 giant‐screen films to his credit, MacGillivray has shot more 70mm film than anyone in cinema history—more than two million feet. He is the first documentary filmmaker to reach the $1 billion benchmark in worldwide ticket sales.

    An ardent ocean conservationist, MacGillivray and his wife Barbara recently founded the One World One Ocean Foundation, a non‐profit public charity devoted to ocean science education through giant‐screen films and companion programming. Journey to the South Pacific is the second film that MacGillivray Freeman Films has produced in association with the One World One Ocean Foundation  following To The Arctic.

    STEPHEN JUDSON (Director/Writer/Editor) has directed five films for IMAX® theatres, including most recently The Alps and Journey into Amazing Caves. He served as a producer, director, writer and editor on the giant‐screen blockbuster Everest.

    Since 1982, Judson has edited all but two of MacGillivray Freeman’s giant‐screen films, making him the most experienced editor in the giant‐screen field. He has written or co‐written many MFF films, including the Oscar®‐nominated Dolphins.  He also serves as the company’s Vice President for Production and Post Production. Before joining the MacGillivray Freeman team, Judson worked as a writer/director/editor in Hollywood, including long stints at ABC and Universal Studios.

    A graduate of Yale University with an M.A. from the USC cinema school, Judson is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

     SHAUN MacGILLIVRAY (Producer) is Producer and President of MacGillivray Freeman Films and Managing Director of the company’s One World One Ocean Campaign, a multi-year, multi-platform ocean media initiative aimed at inspiring greater public awareness about the world’s oceans.

    Producer of the award-winning 3D giant-screen films To The Arctic and Grand Canyon Adventure, MacGillivray is also producing the company’s forthcoming films: Ocean Planet 3D and Everest: Conquering Thin Air.  The son of Academy Award‐nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, Shaun grew up on film locations all around the world.

    To capture the breathtaking footage seen in Journey to the South Pacific, he and the crew traveled 65 hours to the remote islands of West Papua, Indonesia.

    BRAD OHLUND (Director of Photography) has worked in the giant‐screen industry for 25 years. His projects with MacGillivray Freeman Films include the giant‐screen films Dolphins, Adventures in Wild California, Journey Into Amazing Caves, Coral Reef Adventure, Mystery of the Nile, Greece: Secrets of the Past, Hurricane on the Bayou, Grand Canyon Adventure, Arabia and To The Arctic.    After attending Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, Ohlund began his career with the classic film To Fly! Since then, his broad and varied assignments have included filming underwater reefs in the South Pacific and primitive tribes in New Guinea and Borneo. He has filmed from a plane through the eye of a hurricane and captured the fury of an approaching tornado with an IMAX camera.

    HOWARD HALL (Director of Underwater Photography) is a pioneer of underwater IMAX® films.  In 1994 Howard directed the first underwater IMAX® 3D feature, Into the Deep. In 1998 he directed the IMAX feature Island of the Sharks and in 2005, he returned to IMAX 3D films with Deep Sea 3D, which was awarded Best Picture at the Giant Screen Cinema Association Conference and Best Large Format Film at Wildscreen. This was followed in 2009 by Under the Sea 3D, winner of best cinematography at the Giant Screen Cinema Association Conference and Best Documentary at the International 3D Society..

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