My friend shared with me this amazing TED video the other day about award winning producer Louie Schwartzberg and his upcoming project: Happiness Revealed. I highly advise you to watch this. He discusses his work and asks aren’t we grateful for our brains that can take an electric impulse that comes from light energy to create images in order for us to explore our world? Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude. He shares this perspective in his Happiness Revealed project which gives a glimpse into this perspective from the point of view from a child and an elderly man in our world. The video starts by a little girl sharing her thoughts on imagination. If only all children thought like this!
“When I watch tv it’s just some shows that are pretend, and when you explore you get more imagination than you already had. And um, when you get more imagination it makes you want to go deeper in so you can get more and see beautifuler things. Like if it’s a path it could lead to a beach or something, and it could be beautiful.”
“Beauty and seduction are nature’s tools for survival, because we protect what we fall in love with. It opens are hearts and makes us realize we are a part of nature and not separate from it.”
“When people see my images a lot of times they will say ‘Oh my God.’ Have you ever wondered what that meant? The ‘oh means it caught your attention, it makes you present, it makes you mindful. The ‘my’ means it connects with something deep inside your soul, it creates a gateway for your inner voice to rise up and be heard. And God, ‘God’ is that personal journey we all want to be on, to be inspired, to feel like we are connected to a universe that celebrates life.”
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 went on to found BlackLight Films, a creative production company specializing in producing original theatrical feature, large format films, HD and TV programming. He 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.
(Biography description via Moving Art)