If you have 5 minutes to be slack-jawed with awe, watch these truly bedazzling short films by Louie Schwartzberg, noted nature cinematographer and filmmaker. He has been shooting high-definition time-lapse videos of flowers blooming, animals moving, and seasons changing for 30 years and the footage he gets teaches us so much about our planet and ecosystems.
PS: This is not CGI.
Images of fungi mushrooming from the ground amazed me, close-ups of a bee colony scared me, and a mother bat carrying its offspring while pollenating plants nearly brought me to tears. That’s how moving Louie Schwartzberg nature films are.
“Every second is really precious. I shoot two seconds of film every 24 hours,” he said of the filming process. Over a span of 30 years, he has 12 hours of footage.
A graduate of Fine Arts from the University of California-Los Angeles, Schwartzberg said his camera was a tool of self-exploration. “All of a sudden, you look at something and realize it’s part of you.”
Expect full-length versions of the documentaries in all their glory in 2013. As the Columbia Tribune reports:
Two feature-length films of his work are set to be released in 2013. “Wings of Life” is a film for Disneynature, narrated by Meryl Streep, which discusses the importance of pollination. “Hidden Worlds,” a 3-D IMAX film with National Geographic, explores things we can’t see because they are too slow, too fast, too small or too vast.
Schwartzberg’s other big project is Moving Art, his vision to leverage the many hours of footage he has amassed over the years. He is starting what is essentially his own digital channel that viewers will be able to personalize, making selections from available images and music to introduce “emotional vibration” into their living spaces on their “digital display devices” — cool stuff on TV.
Truly a feast for the eyes for every creature that has a pair! And they’re informative, too. Imagine if our all our elementary science class AVs were like this…
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