Cinematography 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 project.

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

For information and previews see the Products tab.

Boom rigged 35mm cinematography
Mickey's Beach, CA, USA
Cliff dancers over Pacific Ocean
Director Cameraman, Louis Schwartzberg


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