Louie Schwartzberg – Learning Through Gratitude


Award-winning producer, director and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg discusses his life, his career, his practice and his embrace of nature as a healing modality and a model for collaboration. A son of immigrants who survived the holocaust, Schwartzberg attributes much of his success to growing up under an “umbrella of gratitude” for all that life has to offer.

Schwartzberg is an active speaker in the TED community with his talks garnering over 47 million views.

Distinguished as an artist and a pioneer who transformed 35mm time-lapse photography into an arresting art forum, he is the only filmmaker who has been shooting in this style continuously, 24/7, for more than three decades.

His nature, aerial and slice-of-life imagery has transformed films by Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Haggis and Ridley Scott.

By documenting nature in such a remarkable way, he hopes to provide a path for people to witness amazing phenomena that might otherwise be out of reach.


Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades. 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. His recent theatrical releases include the 3D IMAX film “Mysteries of the Unseen World” with National Geographic, narrated by Forest Whitaker, and “Wings of Life,” a feature-length documentary for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep. One of Louie's most recent projects in on Visual Healing, a program designed to enhance, improve and inspire the built environment by bringing full sensory solutions to the $2 trillion wellness and eco-lifestyle marketplaces. He was recognized as one of the “Top 70 Cinematographers” for the On Film Kodak Salute Series. Schwartzberg was also recently honored and humbled to receive the NAAPC Pollinator Protector award.

Learn More:

Louie Schwartzberg Official Website

Website for Gratitude Revealed, a series of 15 film shorts, exploring "gratitude, why it’s important and what we can all do to live more gracious lives".

TED Conference Talks by Louie Schwartzberg

Louie Schwartzberg's Fantastic Fungi film Kickstarter Page




Mysteries of the Unseen World


A journey into invisible worlds that are too slow, too fast, too small and too vast for the human eye to see. 


Wings of Life


Using time-lapse, high-speed and macro cinematography, offers audiences an intimate and unprecedented high-definition glimpse into the hidden world of butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and bees. Awards won include the Best Theatrical Program at the Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, the Best Cinematography Award at the Ocean Film Festival, and Wild Talk Africa’s Roscar Award.





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