Gratitude | Louie Schwartzberg innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography

Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and producer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, television shows, documentaries and commercials.

As a visual artist, Louie has created some of the most iconic and memorable film moments of our time. He is an innovator in the world of time-lapse, nature, aerial and “slice-of-life” photography – the only cinematographer in the world who has literally been shooting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week continuously for more than 30 years.

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 is credited by many with pioneering the contemporary stock footage industry by founding Energy Film Library, a global company with a network of 12 foreign offices, which was acquired by Getty Images in 1997. Motion picture clients of his cinematic artistry include Sex in the City, The Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4, Syriana, Crash, Men in Black and classics such as American Beauty, Koyaanisqatsi and E.T. among others.

Louie went on to found BlackLight Films, a creative production company specializing in producing original theatrical feature, large format films, HD and TV programming.

In 2004, BlackLight Films completed production of the theatrical feature film, America’s Heart &Soul, distributed theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures. In 2006, BlackLight Films completed a series of HD shorts, Louie Films, for the launch of Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s Blu-Ray DVD releases. In 2007, the company produced a 1-hour special, Chasing the Light, which aired nationally on PBS.

Past projects include the 35mm film Seasons of the Vine for Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park and a 26-half hour series, America!, for The Hallmark Channel.

Louie has won two Clio Awards for Best Environmental Broadcast Spot, 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’ feature film release America’s Heart & Soul.

Louie completed production on a feature length nature documentary, Wings of Life, to be theatrically released worldwide, under Walt Disney Pictures’ new production banner, Disneynature. The film was released in France (March 2011) under the title Pollen and won the Roscar Award for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Wild Talk Africa Film Festival.

Louie spoke at the TED 2011 conference in Long Beach, CA and has been a regular presenter at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Francisco. Currently, Louie is in production with National Geographic to produce Hidden Worlds, a 3D Imax film

Pisgah Forest, NC - Hidden Rock Garden

I went for a drive up in the mountains on Pisgah Hwy to the Blue Ridge Pkwy. On the way back down I noticed the pull off to this park that didn’t look like much.  It wasn’t until I was out of the car and near the shelter that I started noticing the rocks. I walked further and with each step saw more and more rock piles. You can’t help but smile when you see them. It’s art in nature built over many years by many individuals. You also can’t help but add to it or pick up and rebuild a fallen pile. It’s a special little place and if your headed up Pisgah Hwy anyways, pull off for a few minutes and check it out and play with some rocks.

Go west out of Asheville on 19 /23 then turn left on Pisgah Hwy 151 go down about 10 miles and the park is on your left right across from the sign that says you are now entering Pisgah Forest.
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Yoga Photo Shoot for Three Minute Egg in Downtown Asheville, NC with Carrie Carr

Yoga egg . photo shoot

Client  Three Minute Egg Model  Carrie Carr Photographer  Kiesha Jean

Location . downtown Asheville, North Carolina USA

This was a super fun and inspiring day! I received the job based on a continuing series of photographs documenting the journey of local indie rock band The Enemy Lovers.  Being able to photograph a subject that has changed my life { yoga } in a city that I love { asheville } and get paid to do so, oh man it was a fantastic experience! I was definitely nervous about my first yoga / first real model shoot and grateful to run into some good friends downtown during the day of the shoot that helped ease the nerves.  Also grateful to the friends who offered support and equipment for free prior to the shoot!