Louie Schwartzberg, “Gratitude,” TEDxSF


This is an incredibly moving TED Talk by award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg.  It is about welcoming every day with gratitude and full appreciation. The narration in the short video that Schwartzberg shares in his TED Talk is so beautiful I took the time to type it up, both because I wanted to provide the words for you to save and  re-read and because I wanted them for my own collection. You’ll want to hit the fullscreen button for this one. Wow.

“You think this is just another day in your life.  It’s not just another day.  It’s the one day that is given to you, today.  It’s given to you.  It’s a gift.  It’s the only gift that you have right now, and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.  If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.  Begin by opening your eyes and be surprised that you have eyes you can open; that incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for pure enjoyment.  Look at the sky.  We so rarely look at the sky. We so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment with clouds coming and going.  We just think of the weather, and even with the weather we don’t think of all the many nuisances of the weather.  We just think of good weather and bad weather.  This day, right now, has unique weather, maybe a kind that will never exactly in that form come again.  The formation of clouds in the sky will never be the same as it is right now.  Open your eyes. Look at that.

Look at the faces of people whom you meet.  Each one has an incredible story behind their face; a story that you could never fully fathom; not only their own story but the story of their ancestors. They all go back so far.  And in this present moment, on this day, all the people you meet, all that life of generations from so many places in the world, flows together and meets you here like a life-giving water if you only open your heart and drink.

Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us.  You flip a switch and there is electric light.  You turn a faucet and there is warm water and cold water and drinkable water.   It’s a gift in the world that millions and millions in the world will never experience.  So these are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which we can open our hearts.  And so I wish you that you will open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you; that everyone whom you will meet on this day will be blessed by you, just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence.  Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you. And then it will really be a good day.”

Youtube video description:

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.

This piece includes his short film on Gratitude and Happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast’s spoken words, Gary Malkin’s musical compositions and Louie’s cinematography make this a stunningly beautiful piece, reminding us of the precious gift of life, and the beauty all around us.

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 is credited by many with pioneering the contemporary stock footage industry by founding Energy Film Library, a global company with a network of 12 foreign offices, which was acquired by Getty Images in 1997. Motion picture clients of his cinematic artistry include Sex in the City, The Bourne Ultimatum, Die Hard 4, Syriana, Crash, Men in Black and classics such as American Beauty, Koyaanisqatsi and E.T. among others.

Louie went on to found BlackLight Films, a creative production company specializing in producing original theatrical feature, large format films, HD and TV programming.

In 2004, BlackLight Films completed production of the theatrical feature film, America’s Heart &Soul, distributed theatrically by Walt Disney Pictures. In 2006, BlackLight Films completed a series of HD shorts, Louie Films, for the launch of Buena Vista Home Entertainment’s Blu-Ray DVD releases. In 2007, the company produced a 1-hour special, Chasing the Light, which aired nationally on PBS.

Past projects include the 35mm film Seasons of the Vine for Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park and a 26-half hour series, America!, for The Hallmark Channel.

Louie 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.

Louie completed production on a feature length nature documentary, Wings of Life, to be theatrically released worldwide, under Walt Disney Pictures’ new production banner, Disneynature. The film was released in France (March 2011) under the title Pollen and won the Roscar Award for Best Cinematography at the 2011 Wild Talk Africa Film Festival.

Louie spoke at the TED 2011 conference in Long Beach, CA and has been a regular presenter at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Francisco. Currently, Louie is in production with National Geographic to produce Hidden Worlds, a 3D Imax film.

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One thought on “Louie Schwartzberg, “Gratitude,” TEDxSF

  1. This just in:
    “You are loved and blessed beyond your ability to comprehend. You are perfect and have never done anything wrong. Your presence is enough. Love is the only thing that exists everything else is an illusion. We are in the time of the great remembering. It is time to start the play of joy. Everything is unfolding perfectly in divine timing. Trust yourself, trust your journey. This is the most beautiful day in the history of existence, enjoy it, we are all winning!”

    “I bear witness that you and I are shifting into what I am understanding to truly be superhuman!

    We are in the great portal of our human’s and more than human families conscious shift and co-evolution with nature. I see it, feel it, breathe it, notice and take it in with every breath of my day.

    We have been swirling in the vortex of transmutation, life and death… the only way out is through and we are pioneering the way, you and I, along with a whole globe of impulsed souls moving in the direction of our higher order.

    From bacteria to cell, animal, Homo Antecessor, Homo Erectus, H. Habilis, H. Sapiens to we are now making the quantum leap to Homo Universalis. One with the Universe. I am hearing many names for the next order of our human evolution. Many are experiencing it now. We’re in the quickening and it’s happening fast. Growth is accelerated, death is accelerated -outmoded systems, institutions and egocentric lifestyles are crumbling all along the trails that surround us, forcing us to look with new eyes as we place our feet on this holy map of our making.

    Our souls are shaking us awake. Our futures are calling us forward. For some of us it’s an ecstatic dance reminding us that we are one with the Universal Soul of God. Through this practice we realize that all of our experiences and emotions no matter how we’ve labeled them, if embodied and honored all contribute to the wholeing of our forward motion to the highest good. In trusting this, that we are a micro cosmic reflection, a holon of the Universe, we can trust in every impulse upon our heart to be living information transmitted directly from godsource and spark!

    In this awakening we are transforming rapidly through space and time, moving from an ego-centric root of competition and “power over” to an eco-centric heart centered rebirth of complimentary cooperation, cocreation and shared power with one another and all of nature!

    Hear my great thanks for those who have gone before us and paved the way through commitment to higher vision and action to uplift humanity in this time of great planetary shift!

    Thank you for holding and tending to a piece of my heart, but most of all returning it to me when I most needed it! I will gladly and thankfully give it to you again and again. You know who you are and I do shout out with gladness upon my heart the many names by which you are known to me and the world … I send you my love ♥

    I open…. I receive vision and wisdom, I contain and alchemize to the highest order, I transmit beauty, love and light because of all of you who live in and enliven my heart!

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ~*~ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥”

    ~Ahva Lenay

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