Upon first consideration, it might not seem the stuff of grand cinematic adventure. But could engineering secretly be an exciting, creative, heroic realm where the optimists of today are creating the life-saving, world-altering marvels that will make for a safer, more connected, more equal and even more awe-inspiring tomorrow?

With an eclectic, stereotype-bursting engineer cast, the huge story told by Dream Big answers that question with a resoundingly “yes” using a series of surprising human stories to expose the hidden world behind the most exciting inventions and structures across the world. It is not only a journey through engineering’s greatest wonders, but equally a tale of human grit, aspiration, compassion and the triumph of human ingenuity over life’s greatest challenges.

Length: 42:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2017
  • Date Released:

    February 2017

  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, DCI-compliant Laser, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser, Dome-customized 15/70, Fulldome
  • Distributor:

    MacGillivray Freeman Films

  • Produced By:

    A MacGillivray Freeman Film in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers. Presented by Bechtel Corporation.

  • Executive Producer: Mary Jane Dodge, Stephen Judson
  • Producer: Shaun MacGillivray
  • Director:  Greg MacGillivray
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer: 
  • Cinematography: Brad Ohlund, director of photography; Ron Goodman, aerial photography
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score: 
  • Editor: Stephen Judson, Mark Fletcher, Jason "JP" Paul
  • Narrator: Jeff Bridges
  • Other Credits: Meghan MacGillivray, production manager; Stephen Judson, creative producer; Kathy Almon, production manager; Barbara MacGillivray, research, production, still photographer
  • Sponsors: Bechtel, American Society of Civil Engineers, Nat'l Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying, United Engineering Foundation, Society of Women Engineers, Nat'l Society of Black Engineers, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, DiscoverE


  • Documentary
  • Engineering
  • Technology


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  • Best Film, Short Subject, Giant Screen Cinema Association, 2017
  • Best Visual Effects, Giant Screen Cinema Association, 2017
  • Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor, Giant Screen Cinema Association, 2017
  • Best Educational Program, Carnegie Science Center, Giant Screen Cinema Association, 2017

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