Greg MacGillivray

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Greg MacGillivray
Born1945 (age 76–77)
OccupationDocumentary film director and cinematographer

Greg MacGillivray (born 1945) is an American film director and cinematographer.


MacGillivray was first nominated for an Academy Award in 1995 for directing The Living Sea (Best Documentary Short Subject), and was nominated in the same category again for Dolphins in 2000.

He initiated the development of three cameras for the IMAX format -- the high-speed (slow-motion) camera, the industry's first lightweight camera, and the "all-weather" camera used during filming on Mount Everest.

In August 2005, MacGillivray was producing a documentary which examined the potential effects of a hurricane hitting New Orleans. By the end of the month, Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana and MacGillivray filmed the events rather than creating a hurricane simulation as originally planned.[1]

MacGillivray with partner Jim Freeman founded MacGillivray Freeman Films. Freeman was killed in a Sierra Nevada helicopter crash in 1976. MacGillivray keeps his partner's name as a memorial.[2]

Personal life[edit]

MacGillivray and his wife, Barbara, have two children and reside in Laguna Beach, California.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Filmmaker was ready when Katrina hit". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2006-12-26. Retrieved 2007-01-20.
  2. ^ Kevin Cahillane (October 25, 2012). "Big Blue Heart". OC in Site. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014. “When he died, we were on the cusp,” MacGillivray says. “A lot of things were opening up for us, and Jim was such a critical element in all of that development, particularly the Hollywood side of the business, and as both a tribute to him and a recognition of all that he had done, I kept the name. I don’t care if it’s too long. I’m never going to be Disney. MacGillivray Freeman Films is fine.”
  3. ^ Liddane, Lisa (April 13, 2012). "For Laguna's Greg MacGillivray, filmmaking is a family business". Orange County Register. Retrieved 17 October 2013.

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