IMAX moviegoers who see Greg and Shaun MacGillivray’s spectacular new “To the Arctic 3D” not only have breathtaking visual treats in store, but some musical ones as well. Paul McCartney songs are used in the movie, and according to producer Shaun, “He really came through for us. This is the first time that he ever sent out his original recordings, done on 48 tracks, to have them mixed in a way that he doesn’t control completely. Our composer was able to get those tracks and mix them beautifully for the six-channel IMAX system. Of course, when McCartney mixed them, they were all for two-channel. He saw the wisdom of remixing for the magnificent sound in IMAX theaters.”
Considering McCartney’s well-known love of critters and ecology-mindedness, it’s not surprising that he’d do his bit for the MacGillivrays. Greg is the two-time Oscar nominee whose films include “Everest,” “The Living Sea” and “Dolphins.” Shaun’s credits include “Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk.” And their history of supporting nature extends to educational outreach and much more.
The “Arctic 3D” film’s central focus is an extraordinarily cooperative polar bear mother and her cubs, but the movie also shows what’s happening as the ice melts up North. MacGillivray Sr. insists there is hope to restore the Arctic.
“Of course I have to admit that I’m an optimist, always, and I think when people are given the choice between two options, they’ll choose the one that is better for humanity. In the case of the Arctic, obviously the choices that we can make that will help are in the area of conserving energy — at home, by turning off the lights, and at the pump, by driving more fuel efficient cars. Conserving energy in all ways. People will save money by doing so as well, so it’s a double win for everyone. You can always make things change,” he continues. “There are wonderful success stories — the anti-littering campaigns, the ozone layer — all kinds of conservation efforts that have changed the world.”