Director risked life for gasp-worthy shots of national parks at MSI exhibit

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HYDE PARK — There was a wave of “whoas” as images of Yellowstone National Park stretched across the Museum of Science and Industry’s five-story Omnimax screen for the first showing of “National Parks Adventure” on Friday.

Director Greg MacGillivray was in the audience at the museum, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, watching on Friday as kids oohed and aahed over the time-lapse footage of national parks as Robert Redford narrated the history of the parks system.

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“That’s part of the reason I make films, to see curiosity in a child’s eyes,” MacGillivray said.

But the kids in the audience had no idea what MacGillivray went through to get the shots for the 45-minute movie that follows world-renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker on a tour through the national parks.

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