Our start was in surf films in the 1960s,
inventing new camera techniques in both water and air.
We moved to the giant screen
pioneering the new IMAX format, and were hooked.
Risk taking and pushing boundaries
are in our company’s DNA.
The love for our work
and the passion we put into our projects has not changed over the years.

Watch our story.

In the last 50 years, we went from surf films to Hollywood, to the Smithsonian and across the world.

Five decades of experience.

We’ve worked with countries, kings, superstars and iconic brands, filmed in every corner of the globe, and touched billions of lives. And we’re just getting started.

Meet the team.

We are a team passionate about visual storytelling, innovative cinematography and the latest advancements in digital technology.

Greg MacGillivray
Greg MacGillivray
Film Director
Greg has been producing and directing award-winning films for more than 40 years. He started making films when he was just 13 and partnered with Jim Freeman to form MacGillivray Freeman Films in 1966. He loves the continual chess game of making a film, where each move affects every element.
Shaun MacGillivray
Shaun MacGillivray
Shaun’s been on filming expeditions around the world since he was in diapers, but it wasn’t until a trip to Palau at the age of 13 that he realized that his dad’s passion for storytelling was in his blood. He was snorkeling on the “set” when he encountered a giant grouper (think the size of a refrigerator)...
Steve Judson
Steve Judson
Vice President of Film Production & Post Production
Steve landed at MacGillivray in 1982 because “no one else would hire me.” (We’re glad we did.) After editing more than two dozen films for the company over the past 30 years, Steve now prefers to pass along his giant screen editing experience to “younger editors with more brain cells.”
Brad Ohlund
Brad Ohlund
Director of Photography
Brad has worked in the IMAX industry for over 25 years. As Director of Photography, his projects with MacGillivray Freeman Films include Everest, 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 and Arabia.
Bob Harman
Bob Harman
Director of Distribution
Bob Harman began his career at MacGillivray Freeman Films in 1997, following 8 years as President of Lee and Associates Commercial Real Estate Services in Irvine, California. Prior to that he was the Western Regional Sales Manager for Xerox Medical Systems in Pasadena, California.
Lori Rick
Lori Rick
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications

Lori joined MacGillivray in 1998 following a 10-year career in book publishing. She is responsible for all aspects of the company’s corporate and film marketing. In addition to developing each film’s marketing campaign, she also works with corporate and NGO partners, including Coca Cola, Teva, Porsche and World Wildlife Fund, to activate their film campaigns.
Barbara MacGillivray
Barbara MacGillivray
Director of Research
Barbara and Greg met in the 9th grade—she sold tickets for his first surfing film—and making films has always been a part of their relationship. Over the years she has worked multiple capacities with production and post-production of the films, bringing their two children, Meghan and Shaun, along with them whenever possible on film shoots.
Lunch Companion
Stress Reliever
Bella has been the faithful canine companion to Greg and Barbara MacGillivray for the past 9 years. She can be found wandering the office, looking for love, or in her favorite spot: by Barbara’s feet.

Notable achievements.

We’re the world’s leading producer and distributor of giant-screen films. Our commitment to the highest-quality standards is unrivaled in the industry. We have the stats to prove it.

in worldwide ticket sales
Academy Award® nominations
viewers reached and counting
years as the leading independent producer of IMAX films
of the Top 10
highest-grossing IMAX films
theaters worldwide play our films

Our passion projects.

Just making great movies isn’t enough. We strive to make the world a better place, one story at a time.

One World One Ocean

We’ve loved the ocean since day one.

While making films around the world, we have noticed a growing trend everywhere we go: less sea life and more trash.

We knew that by showing and telling, we could inspire people to take action to restore the ocean to its wild, healthy state.

In 2012, we launched One World One Ocean, a campaign engaging audiences across all platforms, designed to change the way people see the ocean and to spark a global movement to protect it.

Our team of filmmakers and communicators focuses on sharing the most important ocean stories, creating viral videos, engrossing online discussions and billions of media impressions.

MacGillivray Freeman Films
Education Foundation

We go beyond entertainment, stimulating people’s sense of wonder.

In 2004, we founded the non-profit MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation to help people of all ages expand their learning on topics showcased in our films.

To compliment our documentary films, we help fund exhibits, teacher guides, companion photography books and educational resources to encourage interest in science, the environment, and world cultures.

Our student-screening program has enabled more than 20,000 underserved students to experience their world through our films, and our scientist speaker programs bring scientists face to face with kids in classrooms.

Storytelling. It’s what we do.

From giant-screen films to TV series to multimedia campaigns, there are many ways we can work together. So let’s get started.