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.


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.


YearMovie TitleRole
1977Aliens from Spaceship Earth
1980Xanadutime lapse photography
1980Altered Statestime lapse photography
1980The Final Countdowntime lapse photography
1982Koyaanisqatsitime lapse photography
1982E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
1983The Jupiter Menacetime lapse photography
1984The Ice Piratestime lapse photography
1984The Glitter Dometime lapse photography
1985The Heavenly Kidvisual effects
1988Vice VersaVisual Effects Supervisor
1992Oceans of Air for Discovery Channel
1996Independence Day
1996Jerry Maguire
1998Sex and the City
1999American Beauty
1999Any Given Sundayadditional cinematography
2000America! for Hallmark Channel
2000Erin Brockovichadditional cinematography
2002Stuart Little 2additional cinematography
2002Men In Blackadditional cinematography
2004Disney Presents America's Heart & SoulDirector [6]
2006Chasing The Light
2007The Bourne Ultimatum
2012DisneyNature: Wings Of LifeDirector
2013Mysteries of the Unseen WorldDirector
20144 original documentaries for NetflixDirector


2004America's Heart And SoulBlack Light Films
2013A Good Day: A Gift of GratitudeSterling Ethos


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