Howard Hall Productions

Howard Hall Productions Video Profile


Howard and Michele Hall are wildlife filmmakers who specialize in marine wildlife films. Working as a team, Howard and Michele have produced and directed many television films including a National Geographic Special, four episodes of the PBS series "Nature", and the five-hour PBS series "Secrets of the Ocean Realm". In addition to winning Best of Show at Wildscreen 1990, The Festival Choice Award at Jackson Hole in 1991, Best Cinematography at Jackson Hole in 1993, and Best Animal Behavior at Jackson Hole in 2022, the Halls’ television work has resulted in seven Emmy Awards.

The Halls are perhaps best known for their underwater IMAX films. In 1994 Howard directed the first-ever underwater IMAX 3D feature, "Into the Deep", and in 1998 he directed and Michele produced the IMAX film "Island of the Sharks". They returned to the IMAX 3D format in 2005 when Michele produced and Howard directed the Warner Bros./IMAX feature "Deep Sea 3D". The award-winning sequel "Under the Sea 3D" followed in 2009. Of the five highest grossing films produced by IMAX Corporation, two were directed by Howard. The box office receipts for the IMAX films they've produced and directed exceed $200 million.

Howard and Michele have participated in many other underwater IMAX productions in various capacities, including MacGillivray Freeman Films’ IMAX film "Coral Reef Adventure", "Journey to the South Pacific", and "Humpback Whales".

The Halls most recent films include the IMAX feature "Secrets of the Sea 3D" which was released in 2022 and was a co-production between Howard Hall Productions and Oceanic Research Group.

"Soul of the Ocean", a 4K feature-length documentary, was released in 2023, a version of which aired on the PBS Series "Nature" that same year.

Howard is a member of the Directors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Michele is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Women Divers Hall of Fame. The various awards they’ve received include induction into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, and being named as honorees of the Hans Hass Fifty Fathoms Award. Both are recipients of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences’ NOGI Award.

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