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Episode 12 Michele Hall
Michele Hall is an Emmy Winning natural history and underwater film producer specializing in marine wildlife and marine conservation films for TV and IMAX since 1991. She is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
After nearly 2 decades as a pediatric nurse,
Michele entered the field of documentary filmmaking in 1991, specializing in
marine still photography and marine wildlife films.
While her underwater still photos have been published internationally, the focus of her work has been working as a team with her husband, Howard, producing marine wildlife documentary films for television and theatrical release. She has produced or co-produced many television films including a National Geographic Special, two episodes of the PBS series Nature (one of which featured her and her team on-camera) and the five-hour PBS series Secrets of the Ocean Realm. These television films garnered seven Emmy Awards, and numerous other wildlife film festival awards.
The Halls are perhaps best known for their underwater IMAXÒ films. In 1994 Michele was Location Manager on the first-ever underwater IMAX 3D feature, Into the Deep (which Howard directed), and in 1998 she produced the IMAX film Island of the Sharks (also directed by Howard). In 2005 Michele returned to the IMAX 3D format for the Warner Bros. / IMAX feature Deep Sea 3D. The award-winning sequel Under the Sea 3D followed in 2009.
Howard and Michele have participated in other underwater IMAX productions in various capacities, including MacGillivray Freeman Films’ IMAX film Coral Reef Adventure, released in 2003. More recently she has lent her expertise as a Producer to several IMAX features as Location Manager, including MacGillivray Freeman Films Journey to the South Pacific and Humpback Whales, and National Geographic’s Ocean Giants.
Michele has strived to make family-friendly films that raise awareness of and increase appreciation for the marine environment. During the past 25 years, the films she has produced have been seen by thousands of children and adults. She has received positive feedback in letters, emails and in person from many who have said that not only have her films increased their knowledge of the marine environment, but they have also been the inspiration to turn their career choices toward marine sciences and / or environmental issues.
In 2003 Michele and Howard were named Divers of the Year by the Boston Sea Rovers, and in 2011 they received the same accolade at Beneath the Sea. That same year they were also inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. In 2004 Michele and Howard were recognized by PADI with the PADI Environmental Award. In 2013 they received the International Wildlife Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Marine Conservation & Media. In 2015 they were recognized by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival with the Outstanding Achievement Award for Natural History Filmmaking.
Michele is a member of the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Women Divers Hall of Fame, and is a recipient of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences NOGI Award.
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