EP: 07 - Howard & Michele Hall

IMAX 3D Director/Cinematographer and
Producer, and owners of Howard Hall Productions


Howard & Michele Hall own and operate Howard Hall Productions which is a natural history film production company specializing in marine wildlife and marine conservation films for television and large format theater. 

They are perhaps best known for their underwater IMAX films. In 1994 Howard directed the first underwater IMAX 3D feature, Into the Deep. In 1998 Michele produced and Howard directed the IMAX feature, Island of the Sharks. In 2005 they returned to the IMAX 3D format by directing and producing Deep Sea 3D which was awarded Best Picture at the Giant Screen Cinema Association Conference and Best Large Format Film at Wildscreen. In 2009 the Hall’s released Under the Sea 3D. This film won best cinematography at the Giant Screen Cinema Association Conference and Best Documentary at the Internationnal 3D Society.  

Howard was also director of underwater cinematography for the films Lost Worlds, The Living Sea, the IMAX 3D feature Return to Hubble, and was underwater cinematographer for the film, Journey Into Amazing Caves.  

In 2002 Howard was underwater sequence director and Michele was location manager for MacGillivray Freeman’s IMAX feature Coral Reef Adventure, a film in which both he and Michele are featured on-camera.

Of the five highest grossing 3D films produced by the IMAX Corporation, two were directed by Howard.  Into the Deep has earned box office receipts of over $70 million and Deep Sea 3D has earned over $96 million. The Hall’s 2009 production Under the Sea 3D has earned over $52 million.

Between them, Howard and Michele have won seven Emmy Awards. Howard has produced and directed many award winning natural history television films including a National Geographic Special, which he co-produced with Michele, and three episodes of the PBS series Nature. Howard also directed and Michele produced the award winning, five-hour series Secrets of the Ocean Realm for PBS.    

Resources mentioned in this episode:

More about Howard Hall Productions at: http://www.howardhall.com
More about Howard's article "Breaking In" at: http://www.howardhall.com/breaking-in/
More about IMAX films at: http://www.imax.com/movies/under-sea

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