Natural History Film Production and Stock Footage Library

Howard Hall Productions specializes in marine wildlife natural history motion pictures. During the last 35 years our company has produced numerous exhibit films, broadcast television documentaries, and IMAX theatrical features. Howard Hall Productions maintains a stock footage library that includes marine wildlife, aerials, and time lapse from all around the world in formats including HD, 4K, 5K, and 8K.

Howard with IMAX 3D camera in North Carolina during the making of Deep Sea 3D

Recent Films

Secrets of the Sea

Secrets of the Sea  was released in August 2022.  The film is now open in numerous IMAX theaters in the United States and many other theaters around the world.  Secrets of the Sea is a co-production between Howard Hall Productions and Oceanic Research Group.  The film was produced by Michele Hall and co-directed by Howard Hall and Jonathan Bird.  It is being distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films.  In 2023, Secrets of the Sea was named Best Picture by the Giant Screen Cinema Association.

 Visit the Secrets of the Sea website to find a theater near you


Soul of the Ocean

At 78 minutes, Soul of the Ocean is the first feature-length film from Howard Hall Productions. The film received 3 nominations at the 2021 Jackson Wild Film Festival.  From among a field of over 700 entries, it received nominations for Best Feature and Best Cinematography, and it won for Best Animal Behavior.  In June 2022 it won Best Cinematography at the Blue Water Film Festival. The film was also honored with the Director’s Award at the 2022 International Ocean Film Festival, and it received the Best Cinematography award at the 2022 Red Movie Awards.  The film has been versioned as an episode of the PBS Series, Nature and was broadcast in January 2023.  Soul of the Ocean is being distributed worldwide by Terra Mater.

Footage Library

Howard Hall Productions manages a stock footage library comprised of more than 35,000 clips of marine wildlife, aerial, and time lapse subjects.  Our images were captured primarily in RED 4K, 5K and 8K resolutions.  Time lapse footage was captured as digital image sequences in up to 8K resolution.  The library includes images from around the world including California, British Columbia, Alaska, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, Indonesia, Gulf of Mexico, and many tropical Pacific locations.

Marine Life

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Interesting Links

Wonder and Awe: Howard and Michele interviewed on the Louie Channel

About the making of Secrets of the Sea – Deeper Blue

Soul of the Ocean wins Best Animal Behavior at Jackson Wild 2021

Watch Making of MacGillivray Freeman’s Humpback Whales

Interview with Underwater Tribe

Michele Hall is interviewed for The Diver Medic Webinar

Watch “Making of Journey to the South Pacific

Watch “Making of Humpback Whales

Interested in a career in underwater photography?  Read “Breaking In

Watch Michele Hall’s Interview by Ideate TV at Scuba Show

Watch Michele and Howard Hall 2011 induction into Scuba Diving Hall of Fame

Read Howard Hall “Life Aquatic” interview in New Yorker Magazine

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