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. 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.
Early life and education
Louie grew up in Brooklyn, and his parents were Holocaust survivors.  He graduated from UCLA Film School with an MFA in the early seventies. 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.
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.
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.
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. His YouTube videos have collected over 30 million views.
|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|
|1998||Sex and the City|
|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||Disney Presents America's Heart & Soul||Director |
|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|
|2004||America's Heart And Soul||Black Light Films|
|2013||A Good Day: A Gift of Gratitude||Sterling Ethos|
|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.
- Louie Schwartzberg at the Internet Movie Database
- Sonia Harmon (April 5, 2014). "Viewing Nature’s Beauty Through a New Lens". National Geographic, News Watch. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
- "Oprah and Louie Schwartzberg: The World Beyond What We Can See". Retrieved 2014-04-08.
- "Louie Schwartzberg : Speaker". TED. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
- America's Heart and Soul at the Internet Movie Database