One of the benefits of summertime is that we’re able to spend more time outside in nature. The physical and mental health benefits of spending time in nature are numerous and have been proven over and over again. But what can we do when conditions force us to stay indoors? Whether it’s due to rain, heat, or because you’ve caught a summer cold, with our new app Magic Flowers, you can create a nature-based Visual Healing experience right in your home! Connect Magic Flowers for iOS to your Apple TV through AirPlay to bring the flowers to any large display creating a meditative, beautiful on-screen experience indoors.
Relax with the soothing ambient sounds of nature and the wonder of nature’s beauty unfolding on your TV screen. Visual Healing is an idea that seamlessly integrates our modern world and everyday habits by bringing nature and technology together to deliver positive physical, emotional, and psychological benefits. With Moving Art and Magic Flowers on AppleTV, create a nature-based meditative experience in your home where you can nurture these benefits and retreat when you need time to recharge and reconnect.
Download Magic Flowers for iOS & AppleTV: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id989975016?mt=12&ou=4
Have you ever visited a botanical garden? Botanical gardens are dedicated to the collection, cultivation, and display of a wide range of plants. In addition to being places of natural beauty and wonder, most botanical gardens provide information to visitors relating to the environmental issues we face today including plant conservation and sustainability.
This past year I’ve been honored to create two film shorts for Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Florida to support their exhibits; Creatures Big and Small & Tropical Flowers. Incorporated in 1994, Naples Botanical Garden consists of 170 acres of cultivated gardens and preservation land, representing seven distinct natural habitats and ecosystems and featuring over 1000 species. NBG is a non-profit organization that brings much good to its local community – from extensive education programs for people of all ages and providing a wonderful venue for arts and culture to restoring habitats and engaging in valuable plant research. Moving forward, Moving Art will be continuing to partner with Naples Botanical Garden, and I hope if you’re ever in the area, you can pay them a visit.
Botanical gardens serve as stewards of the land and bring good to our culture. While the beauty and design of the gardens may be breath-taking, equally as beautiful and inspiring are the conservation principles they have incorporated. Scientists and the general public alike can learn much from a visit to the botanical gardens. Remember, I believe we protect what we love. When we visit a botanical garden, it’s an opportunity to fall in love all over again with the beauty of nature.
As a UCLA film school graduate, Louie was recently honored to deliver the commencement address to the class of 2015 at the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Watch his speech and remember: all the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.
“I arrived as a freshman poli-sci/history major at UCLA in 1969. I was studying the French revolution in class while a revolution was occurring outside my classroom door.
So I got involved in the anti-war movement and started documenting police brutality on campus. There were no phone cameras back then, so my only recourse to fight back was to pick up a 35 mm still camera. The helmeted, club-swinging police swept the campus breaking up anti-war protests. I handed in photo essays for my political science classes, which was a lot easier for me than writing papers. And that is how I found my voice….photography and filmmaking hurtled me into a world of art and technology that I am still in love with today.
Filmmaking also introduced me to my greatest teacher. She taught me everything about the art of lighting, composition, movement, color and balance. She taught me how to live a creative and sustainable life. Who was this amazing teacher? Mother Nature.
Life is all about symbiotic relationships. Nature does not waste a single molecule, and never takes more than what she needs. A path we can all follow. “
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower
Tomorrow is Independence Day in the United States, and we’re celebrating by giving away a FREE download of “America the Beautiful” on our products page! Enter the code AMERICA2015 at checkout now through Sunday to get your download .
This weekend as you are celebrating with friends and family, having barbecues, and watching fireworks, take time to reflect with gratitude for the people who have come before us and stood up for the cause of freedom. By honoring those who came before us, we can show gratitude for the present and commitment to the future.
Choose gratitude this 4th of July weekend, and let freedom ring. Happy Independence Day!
As a cinematographer, I have spent most of my life “chasing the light” all over the world. The Summer Solstice, which recently occurred, holds special meaning for me. It is the one day of the year when the sun shines the longest – which, for a filmmaker, is a gift when trying to get that last shot before the sun goes down. And truly, the last few moments of sunlight are the most magical.
The Summer Solstice occurs when the axis of the earth leans in closest to the sun. This event is revered by many cultures around the world with bonfires, music, parades, food, dancing, and fireworks – all in praise of the sun. Some even see it as a time to celebrate the light of consciousness within ourselves and upon the potential for consciousness to awaken.
It is also the official start of summer, so to celebrate, please enjoy a free download of my short film, Tropical Vibes, and start your summer off right — with your head in the clouds and your feet in the sand!
Moving Art’s nature-based mindfulness app, Magic Flowers, is now here! This new app brings beautiful timelapse flowers to your Mac, iPad, iPhone, & AppleTV! In collaboration with Magic Window, we’ve created an app that uses timelapse to reveal an intimate and unprecedented high-definition glimpse into the hidden world of flowers. Each flower slowly blooms over time, showcasing magical changes in light, texture and color. The goal is to create slow and subtle movement that does not distract but instead delivers instant gratification through visual meditation.
Click Here to Download Magic Flowers for iOS
Click Here to Download Magic Flowers for Mac OS/X
Magic Flowers has already been named as a Best New App in the Mac App Store! Read what people are already saying about Magic Flowers:
“I’ve enjoyed Louie Schwatzberg’s work for years and he continues to amaze me. Being able to watch these flowers bloom with such a perfect subtlety is incredible and offers me a nice window to the outside world as I work within my office. Magic Flowers for Mac is truly mesmerizing.”
“As someone who lives and works within a major city, I try all that I can to find an escape whenever possible. Magic Flowers for iOS has provided this. Being able to listen to a beautiful ambient soundtrack while watching these flowers slowly bloom really gives me a fresh start on my morning commute. I’m able to dive in and be free from everything surrounding me. It really is magical.”
“I love putting this on when I need to disconnect for a minute. Gorgeous imagery and the desktop app is even better because you can keep it up as a background image. Get both now!”
“Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
-The World Health Organization
Tomorrow, Saturday, June 13, 35 countries will celebrate Global Wellness Day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number one health problem in the world is surprisingly not a virus or a disease – it is depression — which is then linked to sleeplessness, stress and obesity. WHO also reports that there are 1.6 billion overweight adults globally and that most of the leading diseases are lifestyle induced.
We have designated days for nearly everything — jellybean day, donut day, beer day — and now we also have a day focused on encouraging our well-being. Because while a lifestyle change may be difficult, it could be that just one day being exposed to new ideas and experiences will change someone’s life. Make plans now to celebrate this day of well-being.
“With the slogan ‘One day can change your whole life,’ we celebrate Global Wellness Day on the second Saturday of June every year as an international day dedicated to living well.” Public events on nutrition, Yoga, Pilates, stress relief are being held around the world. Find out what’s going on in your community or decide to celebrate Global Wellness Day doing something fun and healthy on your own or with friends and family.
Want to win a FREE download of Magic Flowers, Moving Art’s new app for iOS or Mac? Here’s your chance! 10 lucky winners will receive either a Mac or iOS download of our nature-based mindfulness app launching exclusively in the App Store and Mac Apple store June 15. ENTER HERE TO WIN!
We’re excited to announce the upcoming launch of Magic Flowers, our new app that brings beautiful timelapse flowers to your Mac, iPad, iPhone, & AppleTV! Launching June 15th, Moving Art, in collaboration with Magic Window, has created an app that uses timelapse to reveal an intimate and unprecedented high-definition glimpse into the hidden world of flowers. Each flower slowly blooms over time, showcasing magical changes in light, texture and color. The goal is to create slow and subtle movement that does not distract but instead delivers instant gratification through visual meditation.
This new app is just one more way that Moving Art is introducing and sharing the power of nature through Visual Healing. Most of us are tied to our computers and phones out of necessity as well as habit. Installing Magic Flowers will be a visual reminder to slow down and perhaps, it may even inspire you to spend more time in nature. Viewing nature, even on screen, can improve our focus, reduce stress, and re-energize us. Learn more about Magic Flowers and be one of the first to download when it launches June 15th!
Did you know just looking at nature helps your brain function better? In this recent Washington Post article, we learn of yet another study that proves this is true. Researchers found that “interrupting a tedious, attention-demanding task with a 40-second “microbreak” — in which one simply looks at a computerized image of a green roof — improved focus as well as subsequent performance on the task.”
Not only can viewing nature improve our focus, reduce stress, and re-energize us, but it can also affect what type of decisions we make for the future of our planet. In one study, researchers found that subjects who viewed a 12-minute nature documentary before playing a game that involved managing a fishery resource engaged in more sustainable behavior.
Visual Healing by Moving Art is set to break the mold by bringing the power of nature seen through Louie Schwartzberg’s films to people everywhere. In addition to incorporating Visual Healing in spas and wellness centers, Visual Healing programs can bring healing to schools, hospitals, prisons, and even office buildings. The growth of research on the health advantages of being exposed to views of nature in urban settings is showing what many of us already innately knew:; nature is one of the best medicines we have.
As the only filmmaker in the world who has been shooting timelapse films for over three decades, Louie is the Master of Timelapse telling stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature. Now he’s looking for the next generation of timelapse cinematographers. Pick up your camera or iPhone & share your timelapse film with Louie using #MyTimelapseFilm on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Steller. Louie will be selecting a winner to be featured on our Moving Art social channels and on our license library!
Need some tips before shooting your film? Check out our blog post with 5 Timelapse Film Tips from Louie Schwartzberg to get you started! For more inspiration, visit the Moving Art License Library to see more of Louie’s work.
Coming soon! Moving Art, in collaboration with Magic Window, has created an app called Magic Flowers. Magic Flowers will bring your Mac into full bloom with beautiful slow-moving timelapse flowers for your Wallpaper and Screen Saver. Enjoy 42 unique flowers captured by the Master of Timelapse, Louie Schwartzberg. Magic Flowers uses timelapse to reveal an intimate and unprecedented high-definition glimpse into the hidden world of flowers, from exotic varieties to a classic rose. Each flower slowly blooms over time, showcasing magical changes in light, texture and color. Magic Flowers launches in June, so stay tuned!