Biographies: Michele and Howard Hall
SECRETS OF THE OCEAN REALM
About the Filmmakers: Michele and Howard Hall
With seven Emmy awards between them, Michele and Howard Hall are among the world's premiere underwater filmmakers. Their extraordinary work is featured in Secrets of the Ocean Realm, a colorful and captivating series of five one-hour specials exploring the fascinating and unusual behavior of exotic undersea creatures.
Mr. Hall's career as an underwater wildlife film producer, cinematographer, still photographer and writer began in the early 1970's. Ms. Hall started diving in 1975, and in 1990 she left a two-decade career in pediatric nursing to work with Mr. Hall co-producing films and managing and marketing their film library and still photographs.
In addition to their film productions, both Howard and Michele Hall are widely published underwater still photographers. He is a roving editor for International Wildlife magazine and an associate editor for Ocean Realm magazine, for which he writes a regular column.
His photographs have been published internationally in many books and other magazines, including Life, Natural History Magazine, National Geographic, New York Times, Airone, Geo, Terre Sauvage and UWF. Mr. Hall's book credits include Howard Hall's Guide to Successful Underwater Photography; Sharks; The Kelp Forest , and Dolphins for Blake Publishing.
Ms. Hall's photographs and articles have appeared in Natural History Magazine, International Wildlife, Ocean Realm, BBC Wildlife Magazine, Ranger Rick, Unterwasser and Sport Divers Journal. UWF in Germany and Sport Diving magazine of Australia have published photographic profiles of her work. In 1992 the Halls collaborated on text and photography for Hodder and Stoughton's The Shark Project Book and The Shark Sticker Book
Ms. Hall has one Emmy award to her credit and Mr. Hall has six. From 1976 until 1988 he hired out his cinematography skills to other producers. Among his favorite projects were the 16 episodes of the "Wild Kingdom" series he filmed and directed; filming for NOVA and "Survival Anglia"; ABC's "Dolphins, Whales, and Us"; and being the primary cameraman for the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIAL: SHARKS, which remains PBS's second highest rated program ever.
Since 1988, prior to his work on Secrets of the Ocean Realm, Mr. Hall produced, directed and filmed three one-hour films, two for the long-running PBS series NATURE. The first of these, "Seasons in the Sea," was released in 1990. It was judged Best of Show at Wildscreen90, receiving the Golden Panda award, the most prestigious international award in natural history film making. Additional awards for "Seasons" include the Festival Choice award at the 1991 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and runner-up Best of Festival at Dokumente des Meeres '90.
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