Last week, we blogged about “Journey to the South Pacific,” a new IMAX 3D film chronicling a boy named Jawi as he discovers the ocean’s beauty and importance, thanks in part to the MV Kalabia, an environmental education boat. Today, I interview Greg MacGillivray, the film’s director, about his experience making the film.
Q: Why did you decide to make this film?
A: After completing our last IMAX film “To The Arctic,” which explored the perils of climate change for polar bears, we wanted to make an upbeat film about successful ocean conservation.
Extensive research consultation with our One World One Ocean Campaign science advisors led us to West Papua and the Bird’s Head Seascape. The more we talked to scientists and divers working in this area, the more we became convinced that we had found both an area with spectacular visuals above and below the water that were worthy of the IMAX format, but also a story of creative community efforts to preserve reefs whose diversity encompasses 75% of the world’s coral species.
When we spoke to Dr. Mark Erdmann, senior advisor for CI-Indonesia’s marine program, and learned about the Kalabia — the tuna trawler turned floating classroom that now teaches island children about their ocean environment — we knew we had a great story.