Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a first of its kind film for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and smart, sustainable cities, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.

A MacGillivray Freeman Film in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers. Presented by Bechtel Corporation.

Narrated by Jeff Bridges

Runtime: 42 minutes

Format: DCI- compliant digital, IMAX digital, Dome-customized 15/70, 2D and 3D

For Educators

Dream Big is accompanied by an unparalleled array of exhibits, events and educational programs to take the film from visceral viewing experience to fully interactive educational movement.

The Dream Big Educator Guide includes multidisciplinary activities for students in grades K–12 and has been written to meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), as well as common state science objectives. Each lesson presents students with an engineering challenge inspired by the work of real engineers and can be used to help introduce the engineering mindset to the classroom or your home.

Explore 50 hands-on Engineering Activities.

Watch the series of five-minute educational videos that align with lessons form the Educator Guide.

Honors & Awards
  • Best film of the Year, Short Subject & Best Visual Effects – 2017 GSCA Achievement Awards
  • Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor – 2017 GSCA Achievement Awards
  • Outstanding Achievement Award—Interactive Media Awards, Science and Technology Category (for the film’s educational website)
  • Gold World Medal – New York Festivals Best of Film and TV
  • Nominee in the Special Venue Category—2018 MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) Golden Reel Awards
  • Top News Story of the Year – 2017 Engineering News Record
  • Spirit of the ECC Award – 2017 Association for the Engineering and Construction Community
  • Nominee in the Engaging Young Scientists Category – 2018 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards

Visceral 3D thrills…The film is sure to pique grad-schoolers; interest and encourage research and experimentation. Its what-if mix of physics, imagination and goodwill is an exhilarating conversation starter.”

The Hollywood Reporter

“If there’s anything this film reminds me of, it’s just how impossible it seems to build something great from nothing but an idea and some work power… But Dream Big shows these objects as they’re built – from a skeleton to concrete skin – and it’s glorious.

LA Weekly

“This IMAX documentary does an epic job of inspiring young viewers to realize the importance of engineering to society – and perhaps even pursue it. Dream Big packs quite a punch and, particularly for girls, is an inspiring example of why we need to invest in STEM education. A+ for Educational Value.”

Common Sense Media

Majestic shots...Hopefully many future engineers will be sitting in the front row, inspired by the 50-foot-tall engineers on the screen in front of them.”

Popular Mechanics

Dream Big is sure to inspire your future innovators!”

-Scholastic Teacher

“When engineers are superheroes…Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray majestically engaged the great outdoors in such documentaries as Everest, The Living Sea, Dolphins, and National Parks Adventure. Now he goes inside the human mind to explore how we make the seemingly impossible possible.”

The Los Angeles Times

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