ASCE and filmmakers MacGillivray Freeman screened a working version of the forthcoming giant-screen movie, Dream Big: Engineering Our World, at the opening welcome reception of the ASCE 2016 Convention in Portland, OR.
Introducing himself and the movie, director Greg MacGillivray stressed that the cut of the film he had brought was not the final version. In fact, he said, as much as a third of the footage would be replaced before the film officially hits theaters in February.
Still, when the lights came up, the film had the hall buzzing with excitement. Here are five reactions – consider them very-early movie reviews – from ASCE members.
Chris Camp, P.E., M.ASCE, engineer, Southern California Gas, Los Angeles:
“It was great. I feel like we’ve been missing something like this for a long time, just kind of better exposure for the profession as a whole. It was nice to see a full-scale movie production that explains to younger people what engineers do.”
Dale Nelson, P.E., F.ASCE, ASCE Region 8 Director:
“If this motivates the kids, then that’s awesome because I certainly enjoyed it. I want to see the kids getting excited about it.”
Sakiru Okeowo, EIT, A.M.ASCE, senior project manager, NYC Economic Development Corp.:
“I thought it was awesome. I think it will inspire people, especially kids, all around the world. It was a good picture of hard-working engineers. I don’t know the words to describe it except awesome. I’m going to tell everyone I know to go see it.”
Amy Sbabo, S.M.ASCE, senior, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston:
“I really liked the focus on STEM with children, especially young girls, because I think there needs to be more focus on inspiring them.”
John Woodson, P.E., M.ASCE, Structural Engineer, M3 Engineering, Tuscon, AZ:
“It was definitely inspirational and informative. It had some good examples of what engineers can do, and I think it can really get the idea of what a civil engineer is out to the general public.”