Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning producer, director, and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries, and commercials.
As the only cinematographer in the world who has been shooting time-lapse 24/7 continuously for over four decades, Schwartzberg is a visual artist who breaks barriers, connects with audiences, and tells stories that celebrate life and reveal the mysteries and wisdom of nature, people, and places.
A 15-episode web series based on Louie’s viral Gratitude video called Gratitude Revealed premiered on Oprah.com in September 2015. Louie was also featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday on OWN. In December 2015, his work was projected on St. Peter's Basilica as part of Pope Francis' Jubilee Celebration, in connection with the UN COP21 Paris Climate Conference, to bring attention to the current climate crisis.
Schwartzberg curates Moving ArtTM, the world’s first collection of 2D and 3D moving images created as fine art for digital screens, from nature to cityscapes to visual effects. Designed to inspire, educate, and perhaps even evolve our perspective on the world. In addition to other platforms, Moving ArtTM is available as an Original Series on Netflix - the first 4K content to appear on the site. The six-video Netflix series will be expanded to thirteen in early 2017.
His recent theatrical releases include “Wings of Life,” a feature-length documentary for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep, and the 3D IMAX film, "Mysteries of the Unseen World” with National Geographic, narrated by Forrest Whitaker. Schwartzberg’s “Mysteries” is a journey into invisible worlds that are too slow, too fast, too small and too vast for the human eye to see.
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 transformed films, including “American Beauty,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Erin Brockovich,” “E.T.,” “Independence Day,” “Jerry Maguire” and countless others.
A coveted speaker worldwide for inspirational corporate and nonprofit audiences, Schwartzberg is also popular in the TED community. Videos of two of his most recent TEDx talks are regularly cited among the top-watched TEDx talks of all time. An MFA film school graduate of UCLA, he both 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 currently serves on the board of the Earth Day Network and is a member of both the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Over his long trailblazing career, Schwartzberg has earned a myriad of awards and honors including two Clio Awards for Best Environmental PSAs, an Emmy nomination for Best Cinematography and Best Film–Inspiration at the Ocean Film Festival. He was recognized as one of the “Top 70 Cinematographers” for the On Film Kodak Salute Series.
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 – we protect what we love. If I can move enough people on an emotional level, I hope we can achieve the shift in consciousness we need to sustain and celebrate life.”