Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman began making films
inauspiciously in 1965 as a partnership between two
young cinematographers with a common bond: a love for
surfing and filmmaking. The first joint venture between
the two southern California based filmmakers, 1967's
"Free and Easy", incorporated dual camera
angles and was the first surf film to use slow motion
Their final surf film, "Five Summer Stories",
became a phenomenon. With the help legendary surf cinematographer
Bud Browne and a sound track by the Beach Boys and 1970's
rock band Honk, Five Summer Stories toured the U.S.
10 times in four successive versions between 1972 and
1978. After Five Summer Stories, the duo was one of
the first to delve into the experimental 70mm IMAX film
format with their 1976 release, "To Fly" continues
to play daily at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington,
D.C., and has been watched by over 100 million viewers.
It is the highest grossing documentary film of all time.
In 1977 MacGillivray was commissioned by John Mulius
to work as second unit director on "Big Wednesday".
His work on the film produced some of the most dramatic
surf cinematography ever witnessed.
MacGillivray Freeman continues to create some of the
most critically and financially successful IMAX films
ever produced, including Academy Award-nominated "The
Living Sea" (1995), 1999's epic, "Everest",
and his current release, "Coral Reef Adventure".