Director Greg MacGillivray talks Journey to the South Pacific

January 28, 2014 – 3:55 pm

Conservation International talks with director, Greg MacGillivray, on his latest film, Journey to the South Pacific, now playing in IMAX, Giant Screen, and other specialty theaters.

What were some of the biggest challenges during filming?

West Papua, Indonesia is very difficult to reach. Sixty-five hours by plane and boat is bad enough, but then try to get 20,000 pounds of gear there along with five camera crews, and you’re really asking for problems — and we had them.

While we reveled in the beauty surrounding us on the water, we also had to contend with the currents which make this region so bountiful in species. West Papua’s Raja Ampat region of more than 1,500 islands lies at the intersection of the Pacific and Indian oceans, where deep trenches between islands channel powerful currents. While these powerful currents are great for creating the upwellings of deep, cold water rich in nutrients that feed all kinds of fish, they are not so great for creating easy filming conditions.

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