Louie Schwartzberg

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Louie Schwartzberg (born February 21, 1950), also known as Louis Schwartzberg, is an American director, producer, and cinematographer. Schwartzberg is recognized as a pioneer in high-end time-lapse cinematography.[1] Schwartzberg is the only cinematographer in the world who has been shooting time-lapse film 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for over three decades. Schwartzberg is a visual artist who focuses on connections between humans and the subtleties of nature and environment.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Louie grew up in Brooklyn, and his parents were Holocaust survivors. [3] He graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in the early seventies.[1] 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.

Career[edit]

Louie is credited by many with pioneering the contemporary stock footage industry by founding Energy Film Library, a global company, which was acquired by Getty Images in 1997.

In 2012 completed Wings of Life, a documentary feature for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep. It won Best Theatrical Program at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards 2012, and also won a Best Cinematography Roscar Award. The film reveals the fragile relationship between flowers, and their pollination partners.

In November, 2013 Mysteries of the Unseen World, a 3D-IMAX film with National Geographic was released in theaters worldwide. 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.[3]

In 2013, Schwartzberg founded Moving Art™ to showcase High Definition 2D & 3D motion pictures featuring nature, cityscapes and visual effects. Louie's library of content is shot in 4K and available in High Definition. Schwartzberg also founded the large format film company, BlackLight Films, featuring content such as documentaries and children’s programming. Projects include America's Heart and 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.

On April 6, 2014, he appeared in a interview with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday (OWN TV) episode titled, The World Beyond What We Can See.[4]

Speaking Engagements[edit]

Louie is active in the TED community, having spoken in 2011 at the following: TEDxSoCal, TEDxSF and TEDxJacksonhole, TEDxSMU, and TED Vancouver in March 2014.[5] His YouTube videos have collected over 30 million views.

Filmography[edit]

Year Movie Title Role
1977 Aliens from Spaceship Earth
1980 Xanadu time lapse photography
1980 Altered Stated time lapse photography
1980 The Final Countdown time lapse photography
1982 Koyaaniqatsi time lapse photography
1982 E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
1983 The Jupiter Menace time lapse photography
1984 The Ice Pirates time lapse photography
1984 The Glitter Dome time lapse photography
1985 The Heavenly Kid visual effects
1988 Vice Versa Visual Effects Supervisor
1992 Oceans of Air for Discovery Channel
1996 Independence Day
1996 Twister
1996 Jerry Maguire
1998 Sex and the City
1999 American Beauty
1999 Any Given Sunday additional cinematography
2000 America! for Hallmark Channel
2000 Erin Brockovich additional cinematography
2002 Stuart Little 2 additional cinematography
2002 Men In Black additional cinematography
2004 Crash
2004 Disney Presents America's Heart & Soul Director [6]
2005 Syriana
2006 Chasing The Light
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum
2012 DisneyNature: Wings Of Life Director
2013 Mysteries of the Unseen World Director
2014 4 original documentaries for Netflix Director


Bibliography[edit]

Year Title Publisher
2004 America's Heart And Soul Black Light Films
2013 A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude Sterling Ethos

Awards[edit]

1989 International Monitor Award for Best Paint Film Design “America" for Baskin Robbins
1990 Gold Promax Medallion The Spirit of Hampton Roads
1992 Telly Award We’ll Amaze You
1992 Emmy nominated Discovery Channel: Oceans Of Air
1994 The Mobius Award The Power of One
1994 Clio Public Service Earth Communications Office “Connections”
1994 Clio Public Service Earth Communications Office “Power of One”
2001 Hallmark Entertainment Telly Awards America!
2004 Top 70 Cinematographers, On Film Kodak Salute Series
2005 Movieguide Awards 10 Best Movies of 2004 for Families America's Heart & Soul
2005 Movieguide Awards Best Film Documentary America's Heart & Soul
2011 Wild Talk Africa Roscar Award Wings Of Life
2012 Best Theatrical Program at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards Wings Of Life
2013 AwareGuide Inspiration Award Wings Of Life
2013 AwareGuide Editor's Choice for Top Transformational Film of year Wings Of Life

Louie has won two Clio Awards for Best Environmental Public Service Spots, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography for the Discovery Channel Special, Oceans of Air, and the Heartland Film Festival's Truly Moving Picture Award for Walt Disney Pictures’ release, America’s Heart & Soul. Louie was recognized as one of the top 70 Cinematographers for the On Film Kodak Salute Series. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.


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