“Wondering how and what-if is the ‘sense of wonder’ that Einstein referred to when asked his definition of God. When you closely observe our world, you recognize that everything in nature is connected. Humans can only survive if we open our eyes and work toward a mutually sustainable future.” - Louie Schwartzberg
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About Louie Schwartzberg
With childlike wonder, the precision of a Swiss watchmaker and the gift of a great storyteller, Louie Schwartzberg takes audiences on journeys through distance and time, helping us to truly see our world – its vast swaths of beauty and its smallest miracles – while inspiring humanity to become more responsible caretakers of this fragile planet we all share.
His latest piece of cinematic artistry is “Wings of Life,” a feature-length documentary for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep. Utilizing time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography, the film offers an intimate and unprecedented high-definition glimpse into the hidden world of butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and bees – the precarious relationship between flowers and their pollinators – with a third of the world’s food supply depending on these increasingly threatened species. Released April 16 on Blu-ray, Digital and On-Demand, this extraordinary film has already won numerous kudos including Best Theatrical Program at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, the Best Cinematography Award at the Ocean Film Festival, and Wild Talk Africa’s Roscar Award.
Schwartzberg has also created Moving Art™, the first collection of 2D and 3D moving images created as fine art for digital screens, from nature to cityscapes to visual effects. Louie ever-expanding library of content is shot in 4K and delivered in High Definition. Designed to inspire, educate and perhaps even evolve our perspective on the world, Moving Art™ is available on iOS and Android mobile devices, Panasonic’s Smart Viera HDTVs and will soon be available on other IPTV systems.
As a director Schwartzberg is also completing “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” a 3D IMAX film with National Geographic, set for release in late fall 2013. The film is a journey into invisible worlds that are too slow, too fast, too small and too vast for the human eye to see.
An award-winning filmmaker whose career spans over 35 years, Schwartzberg is distinguished as an artist and a pioneer who transformed 35mm time-lapse photography into an arresting art form made available for the first time to feature films and other content platforms. His stunning nature, aerial and slice-of-life imagery has helped transform films by such directors as Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Haggis and Ridley Scott, including “American Beauty,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Crash,” “Erin Brockovich,” “E.T.,” “Independence Day,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Koyaanisqatsi,” “Men in Black,” “Twister” and countless others.
As the only cinematographer in the world who has been shooting time-lapse 24/7 continuously for well over three decades, Schwartzberg is a visual artist breaking barriers, connecting with audiences, and telling stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people and places.
Schwartzberg is founder of BlackLight Films, a company dedicated to producing large-format films, features, documentaries, TV content and children’s programming. Its projects include “America’s Heart & Soul,” a story of Americans who are remarkable in their everyday lives, for Walt Disney Pictures; “America!,” a 26-episode half-hour series for The Hallmark Channel; and “Chasing the Light,” a one-hour documentary that aired on PBS, among numerous others.
Over his long trailblazing career, Louie Schwartzberg has earned myriad awards and honors including two Clio Awards for Best Environmental PSAs, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography (Oceans of Air on the Discovery Channel), a Truly Moving Picture Award from the Heartland Film Festival (America’s Heart & Soul) and Best Film–Inspiration at the Ocean Film Festival (Gratitude). He was also recognized as one of the Top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series.
An MFA film school graduate of UCLA, Schwartzberg chaired and served as executive director of the Action! Vote Coalition and served on the board of the Earth Communications Office and the Environmental Media Association. He is a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences.
For Schwartzberg, the greatest satisfaction is creating works that can have a positive effect on the future of the planet. “I hope my films inspire and open people’s hearts. Beauty is nature’s tool for survival – you protect what you fall in love with. If I can move enough people on an emotional level, I hope we can achieve the consciousness shift we need to sustain and celebrate life.”