by Louis Schwartzberg
“I've spent my life capturing beautiful images. And
whether in wilderness or in the downtown of a giant city,
I find connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty
that I recognize as a part of me, a part of all of us that
celebrates life. It's my great pleasure to share with you
that energy which inspires me; this great visual beauty
of our world.” - Louis Schwartzberg
Louis Schwartzberg is an Award winning cinematographer,
director, and producer whose notable career spans feature
films (including “America’s Heart & Soul,”
released theatrically by Disney and now available on DVD)
television shows, commercials and documentaries. Louis has
won two Clio Awards for TV advertising including best environmental
broadcast spot, an Emmy nomination for best cinematography,
and has been awarded the Heartland Film Festival's Truly
Moving Picture Award for the Disney feature film “America’s
Heart & Soul.”
Louis is a member of the Directors Guild of America and
the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and an
alumnus of UCLA.
Contemporary Stock Footage
BlackLight Films founder Louis Schwartzberg is credited
by many with pioneering the contemporary stock footage industry
with his prior company, Energy Film Library, which was acquired
by Getty Images in 1997 (GYI:NYSE). The great tradition
of pristine 35mm licensable cinematography that started
at Energy continues today with the BlackLight Films Library.
Over 10,000 scenes from around the world are available on
this site for preview, download and end-user licensing.
Many shots are available in HD.
BlackLight Films also produces HiDef, and large format features,
high-end TV commercials, TV programming, and DVD titles.
Powerful, Inspiring Films and Products
In 1997 Schwartzberg founded BlackLight Films to use the
power of media to inspire and entertain through television
programming, DVD products, and full-length motion picture
and IMAX films. In 1999 he directed the 35mm film “Seasons
of the Vine” for Disney's California Adventure
Theme Park featuring the Mondavi Winery. In 2000 and 2001
Schwartzberg directed and produced 26 half-hour television
shows for the Hallmark Channel. In 2001 he also directed
programming for Norman Lear's Declaration of Independence
In 2004 BlackLight completed production of its feature length
theatrical film, “America's Heart and Soul,”
distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film has since
aired on Showtime and is available nationwide on DVD. Disney
also distributed the “America's Heart & Soul”
DVD, a companion photo-essay coffee table book, and a custom
study guide to over 40,000 high schools and middle schools.
In 2004, BlackLight also completed two one-hour High Definition
pilots for a major national cable network. Currently the
company is working with National Geographic on a large format
film slated for a 2007 release.
Motion picture clients include Syriana, War of the Worlds,
The World of Narnia, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe,
Crash, and classics such as American Beauty, Koyaanisqatsi,
and E.T. among many. Television credits include
Alias, CSI: New York, Masters of Horror. Schwartzberg
has also distinguished himself as a premiere cameraman/director
for commercial clients.
For a partial list, see Clients
and previews see the Products tab.
Boom rigged 35mm cinematography
Mickey's Beach, CA, USA
Cliff dancers over Pacific Ocean
Director Cameraman, Louis Schwartzberg