Greg MacGillivray

Chairman / 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. Today, he has more than 50 films to his credit, including over 35 IMAX productions.

Since the 1976 production of his first IMAX Theatre film, To Fly!, Greg has produced some of the most enduring films in the giant-screen genre. He has shot more 70mm film than anyone in cinema history and is the first documentary filmmaker to reach the $1 billion benchmark in worldwide ticket sales. Greg has received two Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary Short Subject: first in 1995 for The Living Sea, and second in 2000 for Dolphins. In 2002, the Giant Screen Theater Association honored Greg as one of the five most important contributors to the success of the industry. That same year, Greg accepted the Bradford Washburn Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Museum of Science in Boston, for his contribution to science education.

One of the best parts of his job is that it has allowed him to spend his life sharing filming adventures with his family and film team. He’s been everywhere, but among the coolest places he’s travelled are Tibet in 1980, which he describes as “rough and raw,” like the old west; Irian Jaya (New Guinea) in 1984 where he experienced the stone-age cultures; and Costa Rica, for the amazing surfing (except when Shaun was bitten by a shark!).

A passionate ocean conservationist, Greg and his wife Barbara founded the One World One Ocean Foundation, a non-profit public charity dedicated to educating and inspiring the public through giant-screen films and companion programming about the need to take action to protect the world’s ocean. Greg also serves on the Board of Directors for The Great Park in Orange County and Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue, as well as the Laguna Playhouse and Laguna Art Museum.

If you’d like to book Greg for a speaking engagement, please contact Cat Seda at cseda@macfreemanfilms.com or 949-494-1055.

Shaun MacGillivray

President / Producer

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), then months later got to watch the fervent reaction of kids in the theatre who were watching The Living Sea—seeing on the giant screen what he was able to experience underwater first hand. It dawned on him: “A. My dad has a pretty cool job. And B. Maybe if I am lucky, I could do this when I grow up.”

Since then, Shaun has produced the award-winning 3D giant-screen films Journey To The South PacificTo The Arctic and Grand Canyon Adventure, and is currently producing National Parks Adventure and We, the Marines. Shaun leads the company’s Business Development and Partnership team and has successfully raised more than $40 million in funding for IMAX educational films in the last 3 years. Shaun received a MFA degree in Film Production from the University of Southern California. He and his wife Katie live in Laguna Beach with their three children. He can’t wait to take them all on expeditions and show them the wonders of nature firsthand.

If you’d like to book Shaun for a speaking engagement, please contact smacgillivray@macfreefilms.com or call 949-494-1055.

Kathy Almon

Director of Special Projects

Around the office, Kathy is known as the person who can be counted on to get the job done, no matter what it takes. That’s probably because she’s not afraid to ask…and can talk her way into anything. Kathy’s been a positive force on the team since 1987 and has over 28 years of experience in large-format project development, film production, and film marketing. She oversees the music and narrator talent recruitment for the films, recently securing the participation of Morgan Freeman, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Helen Mirren, Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band. She still gets a charge when an A+ artist connects to a project because she knows that matching the right voice and music to the stunning imagery is a showstopper. But the most rewarding part of her job is watching young underserved school kids—who have never experienced an IMAX film, let alone a regular theatre film—see a MacGillivray film for the first time. Kathy was the project manager behind the award-winning films The Living Sea, (Academy Award-nominated) and Everest (highest grossing large format documentary) and managed the multi-city, multi-speaker education series for Dolphins (Academy Award-nominated). When she’s not working, you can find Kathy hiking, reading, skiing or cooking, as well as juggling the schedules of two busy teenagers. She does make time for sleep, coffee and a few moments of meditation—and she needs it!

Shauna Badheka

Distribution and Marketing Coordinator

Growing up in Laguna, Shauna has been a fan of MacGillivray Freeman Films for as long as she can remember. After seeing “The Living Sea” on a field trip to the brand new IMAX theatre at the Irvine Spectrum, she decided to be come a marine biologist, so she studied Marine Science and Conservation at Berkeley and joined the Distribution team in 2014. She works closely with the theatres that play our films and loves that everyone in the company is part of the creative process. If Shauna wasn’t working for MacGillivray, she’d be working in a museum or aquarium…showing one of our films!

Chip Bartlett

Director of Distribution Media & Technology

Chip oversees physical distribution, foreign language production, as well as the transfer, reformatting and distribution of our films to all home video platforms. Chip began his career in live news and sports after attending USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. He eventually moved into television and film production at Warner Bros., Dreamworks, and Paramount working across the spectrum of production with writers, producers, directors and editors. Chip joined the company in 2006, after producing a giant screen recreation of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination filmed at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. He has been married for 15 years to his college sweetheart and they spend every Fall watching with USC football together.

Debbie Bergin

Accounting Assistant

Debbie was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, but now calls Aliso Viejo home. She’s been an invaluable member of the Accounting team since 2010, following a 27-year stint in advertising. She counts Niagara Falls as the most breathtaking sight she’s seen in the U.S. Debbie’s biggest weakness is Starbucks, but she claims she only drinks one cup a day!

Tom Brainard

Executive Producer / Director

Before jointing MFF in fall of 2018, Tom had worked in almost every aspect of film, television and advertising for over 25 years. He has worked as Producer and in production on over 30 theatrical films including “Ray” “Sahara” “Holes” and “Won’t Back Down.” Tom has overseen the theatrical and digital marketing strategy of over 70 national campaigns on films like “Despicable Me”, “Hunger Games”, Men In Black 3”, “Brave”, “Pirates!” “The Giver” and for brands such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Target, Samsung and Sony. Prior to joining the MFF team, Tom led brand and content strategy as Vice President/Producer of the world’s largest public service content provider, The Foundation For A Better Life.

At MFF, Tom serves as Producer or Executive Producer on various projects, including “Out Where The West Begins.” In fact, his favorite memory while at MFF was hiking down the Grand Canyon to Phantom ranch, carrying antique cameras, costumes and props on our backs, looking like some sort of dystopian renegade gang.

When he’s not on the job, Tom enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, building forts for his three and four year old kids and exploring the desert of the southwest.

Terry Brown

Vice President of Technology and Digital Post Production

Terry is a 38-year veteran of the Motion Picture and Television industry. He split his career between his home of New York City and Hollywood working with Laser Pacific and Technicolor coming up with innovative designs and effective workflows for post-production. At MacGillivray Freeman, Terry is relishing being able to work with an amazing IMAX film studio, in a family atmosphere, and be “The Customer” at facilities that were once his competitors. Pushing technology boundaries and developing workflows for the future are his driving forces. He also loves being involved in all phases of the process from influencing scripts to creating deliverables for distribution. In his free time, Terry loves photography, music, hiking and all things “techie.”

Steven Burnette

Producer of Digital Content & Special Projects

Steven joined the team in 2014. After swapping between multiple roles, he now heads up a team that creates our amazing online video content from trailers to sizzle reels to behind-the-scenes and even VR 360 videos. He will likely talk your ears off about Star Wars or Marvel if you give him the opportunity. His proudest moment in his life, so far, is marrying the love of his life, followed by having the opportunity to work in the entertainment industry. His biggest weakness is Sidecar Doughnuts and he would love to challenge you to a game at chess.

Candice Currie

Communications and Digital Marketing Manager

OC native and graduate of Chapman University, Candice pursued her passion for film, bringing her background in screenwriting and digital marketing to MacGillivray Freeman Films in 2019. Candice adds her skills of creative writing and a keen eye to finding fun and impactful marketing angles to the Distribution and Business Development teams. When she isn’t penning engaging social media posts or thought-provoking op-eds, Candice loves spending her time outdoors, at the beach, with her family (including two furballs!), or planning her next adventure.

Patty Collins

Director of Global Sales

Patty has been a part of the MacGillivray Freeman team since 2000. After graduating from USC she started her career in entertainment with the large LA studios including MGM and IMAX. But learning there was a studio in Laguna brought Patty back to her native Orange County where she first worked with promotional partnerships. Her favorite memory was going to The Arctic with World Wildlife Federation and Coca-Cola, and seeing the polar bears in their natural habitat. After a brief hiatus, Patty now leads the sales team and the distribution department in delivering amazing films and educational programs to our clients. Patty loves being a mom to her two great daughters and wife to her awesome husband, a former Laguna lifeguard. She loves sushi, the ocean and her crazy rescue dog, Mateo!

Mary Jane Dodge

Senior Project Director

A veteran of the giant screen industry, Mary Jane began working with Greg back in 1980 when she launched To Fly! in her first IMAX theatre. For 20 years, she worked on the theatre side of the industry, overseeing the successful launch and operation of numerous IMAX theatres including Boston’s Museum of Science and the Denver Museum of Natural History, and consulting for over 28 different institutions around the world including the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Science in Barcelona. She also helped develop the commercial giant screen theatre industry by launching and operating the first commercial IMAX theatre in New York City, where she premiered Everest. In 2006, she joined MacGillivray to develop strategic business partnerships, sponsorship opportunities and play a role in the marketing and distribution of films. It was meant to be. Now her job is to tell the world why they have to go see an MacGillivray film on the largest and best IMAX screens in the world. At MacGillivray, she’s discovered the incredible teamwork it takes to make a film and loves being in the office the first day the crew gets back from a big shoot to hear all their stories firsthand. A native of Fargo, North Dakota, she loves snorkeling in Laguna Beach, visiting India (where her husband is from), and can be bribed with maple cookies.

Alex Farah

1st Assistant Film Editor

Alex has always had a passion for film, conservation and education – making MFF a perfect match for her. Her studies brought her to the University of Hawaii for Business and then to the University of Southern California to pursue a degree in Film and Television Production. Her mix of skills has made her a key player at MFF since she started in December of 2016 in the Distribution department. After two years, with talent for editing and staying organized she wiggled onto the editing team where she currently works to evolve creative ideas into the stories we tell on the giant screen. Alex loves that at MFF she can walk to the beach at lunch, shower in the office and get off work in time to jump back in the ocean before sunset. If Alex weren’t shaping our films here in Laguna she would be WWOOFing in South America or illustrating children’s books in a shack somewhere tropical.

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Nancy Finley

Operations Manager and Production Coordinator

Nancy started working on various projects with MFF in 1998 and has been a full time part of the team since 2012. As the Operations Manager and Production Coordinator, she has the unique opportunity to work in the production of our splendidly, beautiful films and also work with Greg and staff keeping the company running smoothly. Her previous 11 years of experience producing entertainment television programs like “Entertainment Tonight” and producing / co-creating “Access Hollywood” have made her a key asset of the team that keeps production shoots and the day to day in the office moving without a hitch.  She has worked on over 13 MFF films and is honored to be a part of a company that is creating such quality product. When she is not at work Nancy can be found adapting to the empty nest life as her two kids attend college. Ask her to make you a cocktail—she’s an expert. Well she thinks so.

Jeff Girard

Design Director

Since 1991, Jeff has helped develop the visual identity of MacGillivray Freeman Films, producing award-winning print and digital products including film posters, websites, educational guides and marketing materials. Jeff is a true renaissance man whose design skills extend to glassblowing, pottery, jewelry making and woodworking. When he’s not crafting, he’s adventuring: Jeff is a world-traveled surfer, climber and backpacker. Jeff has designed books and periodicals for The Surfer’s Journal, Surfer Magazine, Quiksilver, Hurley, and the Laguna Art Museum. Jeff makes time everyday for prayer and sit-down meals with his family.

Ana Hurley

Research and Production Assistant

Ever wondered how MFF finds those exotic and jaw-dropping locations from our films? That’s where Ana comes in. When she was six years old, she saw Adventures in Wild California and kept wondering “how did they film that?” Now, after studying History and with a passion for stories and story telling, she joins our team to assist the production team in research (and anything else thrown at her.) While at the University of Portland, Ana worked in the curatorial departments at two museums and has a deep understanding of how our films fit into their missions to promote lifelong learning. A curious lifelong student herself, Ana loves traveling and exploring new places. Her goals is to visit all 50 states, and has made it to 40 so far!

Steve Judson

Vice President of Film Production & Post Production

aka Secret Weapon

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.” He has directed six of the company’s films, co-directed others and has lent his screenwriting talents to ten films, including the Academy Award-nominated Dolphins. His skills as a producer, director and writer helped shape the company’s smash hit Everest (which he also edited), for which he was voted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On every film, the central focus of his work is always visual storytelling—making the films creative, engaging, eye-opening, informative, funny, musically compelling and visually breathtaking. Steve commutes “five long blocks” to the office, from the arts and crafts bungalow his neighbors call “the house that eBay built.” He makes time for daydreaming (and coffee) every day.

Fernando Lara

Assistant Editor

After 12 years in the culinary industry Fernando decided to follow his childhood dream of becoming a filmmaker. So, at 26 he changed his course, put himself through school and has since been working at MacGillivray Freeman Films on the editing team and is proud to be a part of something special. As an assistant editor, he is on his way to making a movie, and is excited everyday.

Doug Lombardi

Post Production and IT Assistant

Doug is an Orange County native and came to MFF in 2017 to support the Post-Production and IT departments. With five years of production experience in Los Angeles in music videos, commercials and reality TV like the “Bachelor” and “Ozzy and Jack’s World Tour,” Doug brings a fun perspective to the post-production team. Doug lives and breaths the entertainment industry and when he’s not at work, he streams video games, edits live NFL games on NFL Game Pass and even writes his own TV scripts. We wonder if one of these shows will get the winning rose!

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. With a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Barbara has also worked for 30 years in Children, Youth Services for the Orange County Health Care Agency as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She counts doing the science research for Journey to the South Pacific as the coolest thing she’s done at MacGillivray, which included filming the last stand of the Pacific Leatherback Turtles in Wermon, West Papua and swimming with the whale sharks in Cenderawasih Bay. But the best part of her job is being with her family, doing what she loves: making films with messages about conservation and education.

Meghan MacGillivray Weil

Unit Manager

Meghan grew up in Laguna Beach surrounded by the ocean and a film legacy. Daughter to Greg and Barbara MacGillivray, she was able to hone her filmmaking skills from an early age, interning at MFF during the summers and traveling with the film crew to worldwide locations. Realizing her passions lied deep-rooted in the family business, Meghan pursued a educational path to further her creative abilities and value as an MFF team member, receiving a BA in English and Literature from USCB and then a Masters in English from Chapman University. Since then, Meghan has settled into a myriad of full-time positions at MacGillivray Freeman, working as an assistant to her father, research specialist, outreach manager, and finally, social media manager and production manager. Though she’s worked extensively on numerous MFF projects, Meghan has served as Unit Production Manager on such acclaimed MacGillivray Freeman films as Humpback WhalesJourney to the South PacificNational Parks AdventureDream BigAmerica’s Musical Journey, and most recently, Into America’s Wild. Meghan’s position requires her to manage all aspects of pre-production and then travel on location to ensure those logistics flow seamlessly. When she’s not working, Meghan enjoys spending time with her husband and two small sons, whom she hopes to give the same incredible experience she had growing up amidst giant-screen filmmaking.

Josh Martinez

Assistant Editor

Josh Martinez has been editing on the MFF post-production team since September of 2018. After studying Film and TV and working in live production and online broadcasting Josh has joined our team to assist across the board within the post-production department including organizing footage, synching sound and creating mock-ups of concepts. His main focus has been on the film Ireland but he is always eager to lend a hand, weather it is providing clips for sales events or baking epic oreo-stuffed cookies.

Victoria McGinnis

Editor

Originally from NY, Victoria(aka “Vik”) began her career in entertainment at 3 years old, when she sang at her first “gig” with her father, Eddy McGinnis, and his  big band at the posh Riverboat Room in NYC’s Empire State Building.
A musician all her life, she had a major “aha moment” in her early 20’s when she saw a TV show being edited – She realized editing was just like writing a song. – put two notes together and you’ve got a melody – put two clips together, you’ve created a story!  That was the start of her fabulous and passionate career in tv and film production.
She has now found her home in the sweet town of Laguna Beach (goodbye to the Big Apple) with MacGillivray Freeman Films (hello to the Giant Screen).
One of her greatest moments at MacGillivray was performing with a Dixieland band for the SoCal screening of MacGillivray Freeman’s, “America’s Musical Journey,” the film she had just finished editing.

Gabe Montgomery

Editor

Gabe has always had a passion for telling stories. Born in Northern California, he spent time living in a few different places before ending up in beautiful San Clemente. Gabe started at MFF in 2019 and joined the digital media team after studying film and production in college and honing his post-production skills in his own projects. At MFF, Gabe works on everything from creating behind the scene videos, short-form TV shows, business development videos, or holding a boom steady for astronauts and enthusiastic audiences, and even stands in as a voice-over actor! With the valuable insight that he’s has gained from the post-production side of the house, Gabe may make a jump back into production in his future, with a keen eye for the entire filmmaking process.

Matthew Muller

Post Production Coordinator

A 15-perf 70mm veteran, Matthew Muller has helped realize all of MacGillivray Freeman’s giant screen films since joining the company in 1981, and is proud to work on films that have great beauty and a great message. He currently oversees negative handling from developing through negative cutting, answerprinting and the making of protection elements. He works closely with CGI vendors and film-finishing facilities to ensure that what the director and editor envision is realized on the giant screen. Matthew enjoys photography in his free time and drinks way too much coffee!

Brad Ohlund

Director of Photography

Brad Ohlund has worked in the IMAX industry for 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. 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 on IMAX film the fury of an approaching tornado.

Jason “JP” Paul

Editor / Director of Digital Content & Special Projects

While working at Six Flags for actual income, JP started his career doing everything he could connected to the film industry from set PA to grip to electrician to associate producer to editor to sound designer to post production supervisor. He landed a role at Marvel as post PA for Captain America in 2010, which cemented his love for filmmaking. He joined MacGillivray full-time in 2011 and has done some pretty cool things, including design the audio and visual assets for the interactive, traveling museum exhibit “Sea Monsters Revealed.” Seeing kids interacting with the submarine and ship deck environments he created was an incredible payoff—his favorite part of this job is watching people react to his work. JP comes from a highly musical family, writes music and plays piano and trumpet, and also loves to cook and bake. He’s still holding onto his dream of being a hockey player…a little bit…but is pretty content to be here at work. And he’s always here.

Natalie Redwitz

Production Coordinator/Executive Assistant to GM

Natalie Redwitz joined the team in January of 2017 as Greg MacGillivray’s Executive Assistant. With her can-do attitude and sense of adventure she quickly moved into a role of production coordinator and cut her teeth on location filming America’s Musical Journey through Nashville and Memphis. He favorite moments while working at MFF are from being on location and bonding with the crew in the most beautiful places in the world. Back in the office, Natalie is Greg and Meghan’s right-hand woman, and even fits in time to support Greg and Barbara’s local passion project of saving the historic trees of Laguna Beach. If Natalie weren’t working here, she would open up a wine bar, or be SCUBA diving across the seven seas. Hey why not both!

Bryce Reif

Editor

Bryce grew up in Indiana shooting comedies and skate videos with his friends. After stints at 3 different schools across the country and across the globe he settled back at home at Indiana University. His hobby turned into a passion and once his eyes opened to the world of conservation and environmental storytelling, he found a potential career in documentary filmmaking. Joining the MFF team in the summer of 2019, Bryce edits, and sometimes shoots, online content and assists with pitch development for the myriad of our creative digital projects. Although Bryce is loving living steps from the MFF office in Laguna, if he weren’t here, he would probably be traveling through Patagonia or New Zealand, taking a lot of photos along the way.

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. Lori also manages the company’s education program and book publishing projects and has overseen the publication of nine successful film tie-in books. Lori has a Masters degree in English from New York University.

Jason Stearns

Post Supervisor

Jason is a Laguna Beach native who started as a summer intern in 2007 and never left! He’s pitched in in many different ways, but his top MacGillivray moment (so far) was meeting Steven Spielberg while working on a shoot for Hollywood Don’t Surf.

Victoria Stokes

Accounting Manager

Victoria joined MacGillivray in 1998 after answering an ad for “Laguna Beach film company.” She admits she was a bit suspect of what type of garage operation she might stumble upon, but decided to check it out anyway. If she hadn’t, she’d be an astronaut. Victoria is sure the most important part of her job is payroll….we agree. She enjoys reading and crafting and has a weakness for chocolate.

Robert Walker

Cameraman / Associate Editor

Rob, a south Orange County native and self-described adrenaline junky, began his career in giant screen filmmaking for MacGillivray in1992. Rob’s been involved in countless MacGillivray projects from location to post production. His varied workload has taken him from behind the editing machines to being launched off an aircraft carrier, rappelling into caves, climbing some of the highest peaks in Northern California, mountain biking with Marla Streb, rafting down the Nile River and hiking the rims of volcanoes in Greece. Known as the “McGyver” of MacGillivray, one of the most important things Rob does is maintain the camera department and keep all the gear running smoothly. Rob spends his free time with his family—he’s been married to his high school sweetheart for 22 years and they have two teenage children.

Jeff Wooley

Content Creator

Fueled by green tea and an insatiable appetite for creative knowledge, Jeff came all the way to California from Florida to be in the entertainment industry. Shortly after graduating from film school at USC, Jeff joined the team in January of 2017 and has been fully invested in MFF’s digital content ever since. He creates social media videos, web series, corporate reels and mini TV shows while also securing epic behind-the-scenes moments. Some of his favorites include traversing through three drastic climate changes while descending into the Grand Canyon and filming Snoop Dog on stage for the “Visit Huntington” series. When Jeff isn’t at his editing screen, filming in the wild or checking on the company’s green tea inventory, you can find him studying martial arts with his sensei or snowboarding with friends.

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