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Five Hundred Summer Stories

A Life in IMAX®

Published by Earth Aware Editions
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About The Book

The filmmaker of the surfing documentary Five Summer Stories and pioneer of the IMAX format tells stories from his adventurous life and groundbreaking career in Hollywood and beyond.

Greg MacGillivray is a man with stories.

Stories of being a surfer kid in California, and making his first movie at the age of 13; of his early days as a filmmaker, creating iconic surfing documentaries such as the cult classic 5 Summer Stories, with his partner in crime, Jim Freeman; of his years in Hollywood, working in Hollywood with such legends such as Stanley Kubrick (on The Shining, no less); and of his work pioneering the 70mm IMAX film format, creating some of the most spectacular, groundbreaking cinematography celebrating the natural world. There are stories of almost dying in New Guinea, flying into eyes of hurricanes, the perils of shooting in the USSR, and how filming Mount Everest changed his life.

Greg MacGillivray has led a life like no other, - and for the first time, he’s telling his story. In this fascinating memoir, Greg chronicles his personal journey as an artist, a self-made filmmaker, a father, and an entrepreneur at the head of the most successful documentary production company in history. It is also a story about MacGillivray’s deep commitment to family, to ocean conservation, and to raising awareness about the importance of protecting our natural heritage for generations to come. Contributions by legendary surfers Gerry Lopez and Bill Hamilton, and filmmakers such as Stephen Judson and Brad Ohlund, plus 40 QR codes to extraordinary film clips, add give even more depth and perspective to this amazing journey.

Greg’s compelling stories of adventure, surfing, love, loss, inspiration, conservation, and filmmaking give you a front seat to an extraordinary life - and, just like his IMAX movies, makes you feel as if you are there.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEOS: Includes 40 QR codes linked to rare, incredible videos that bring Greg MacGillvray’s stories to life.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES SECRETS: Learn the history of the IMAX film format, and how filmmakers achieve an immersive and awe-inspiring visual experience.

FROM SURFER TO MOVIE LEGEND: Follow the journey of a man who went from a teenage surfer to the most successful documentary filmmaker in history with hundreds of amazing escapades and achievements in between.

About The Author

Greg MacGillivray is one of the most prolific and successful documentary filmmakers of all time. He started making movies when he was just 13 and would later revolutionize surf films with his classic documentary Five Summer Stories, produced with Jim Freeman. After a period working in Hollywood with legendary directors such as Stanley Kubrick (on The Shining) and John Milius (on Big Wednesday), Greg became a pioneer of the 70mm IMAX® format and creator of some of the most iconic cinematography ever captured for giant screen films. He has shot more 70mm film than anyone in cinema history and his company, MacGillivray Freeman Films, is the first documentary production company to reach the $1 billion benchmark in worldwide ticket sales. Greg has been nominated for two Academy Awards® for Best Documentary Short Subject and has 3 films in the IMAX Hall of Fame, including Everest, the highest-grossing giant screen documentary of all time.  Greg is also a passionate conservationist of the world’s oceans.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Earth Aware Editions (November 15, 2022)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781647227364

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