3 MacGillivray Freeman vets ankle for big time

Exex to form Aperture Films

Three vets of MacGillivray Freeman Films have ankled the company to form Aperture Films, which will specialize in the development and production of large-format films.

Principals Chris Blum, Joshua Colover and Myles Connolly worked on the Imax films “Everest” and “The Living Sea,” the latter a 1996 Academy Award nominee for best short subject documentary.

“One of the great things about our group is the range of experience, from development all the way through production and post-production,” Blum said. “We understand the intricacies of the format at every level and have cut our teeth on some of the most successful films in the business.”

Besides filmmaking, the Laguna Beach-based company will act as consultants to newcomers looking to break into the large-format film market, providing budgeting and scheduling assistance.

“It’s essential that filmmakers understand the complexity involved with an Imax production,” Colover said. “People with great ideas and little large-format experience can be faced with a steep learning curve.”

The principals declined to comment on projects they have under way, saying that they want to be further along in the development process before making any public announcements.

“This is an exciting time for the large-format industry,” Connolly said. “The continuing growth of the exhibition network, combined with increased awareness and interest on part of the filmgoing public, have created a rich environment for us as large-format filmmakers. We look forward to playing an important role in helping this industry evolve.”

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