Howard Hall, Del Mar, California Member Since December 2006 Artist Statement Howard Hall's career as an underwater natural history film producer, cinematographer, still photographer and writer began in the early 1970's. He has been a roving editor for International Wildlife Magazine, a senior associate editor for Ocean Realm Magazine, and is on the panel of experts for Fathoms Magazine. His photographs have been published internationally in hundreds of books and magazines including: Life, Natural History Magazine, National Geographic, GEO, Terre Sauvage, London Illustrated News, and BBC Wildlife. Howard has authored several books including Sharks, Dolphins, The Kelp Forest, Successful Underwater Photography, and Secrets of the Ocean Realm.
The winner of six Emmy Awards, Howard has worked on over one hundred underwater film projects. He has produced and/or directed many award winning natural history television films including a National Geographic Special and three episodes of the PBS series Nature. Working with his wife, producer Michele Hall, Howard also directed the award winning, five-hour series Secrets of the Ocean Realm.
Howard is perhaps best known for his underwater IMAX films. In 1994 he directed the IMAX 3D feature, Into the Deep and in 1998 he directed the IMAX film, Island of the Sharks, which was an enterprise of Howard Hall Productions and was produced by Michele Hall. Howard was director of underwater cinematography for the Primesco Productions film Lost Worlds, the MacGillivray Freeman film The Living Sea and was underwater cinematographer for MacGillivray Freeman’s Journey Into Amazing Caves. In 2002 Howard was underwater sequence director for MacGillivray Freeman’s Coral Reef Adventure, a film in which both he and Michele are featured on-camera. In 2005 Howard directed his second IMAX 3D feature entitled Deep Sea 3D which was funded by Warner Brothers Pictures and was produced by Michele Hall and Toni Myers. Deep Sea 3D was released to theaters worldwide in Spring of 2006 and was named Best Picture at the 2006 Giant Screen Theater Association Conference and Best Large Format Film at Wildscreen 2006. More recently he Directed the IMAX 3D film Under the Sea 3D, released in 2009.
Howard holds a BS degree in zoology from San Diego State University. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.