We produce motion pictures that explore the human relationship to the ocean and the outdoors. Our post-production staff of 16 builds on an active network of outdoor field production personnel in 55 countries worldwide. We have been ranked among the Global Top 100 Production Companies by Realscreen and nominated for Emmy awards for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Science and Technology Program.
We are constantly driven to visually re-articulate experience through story, and to adopt new formats and tools as they appear. In 2003, we created and developed “Experiential” or "Slow TV," born from our Sunrise Earth series (Discovery Communications). In 2007, we co-founded BlueMarvel, a distributor of Slow TV programming. Beginning in 2011, we've developed video installations for gallery exhibition and museums (Auschwitz Memorial Museum in Poland). In 2015, we produced our first Ultra High Definition 4K on-demand video-streaming series, titled Big Picture Earth (CuriosityStream). We have worked with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) in filming UHD 4K aerial footage worldwide, and were among the first production companies to apply for -and receive- FAA exemption for commercial operations. In 2016, we developed 360VR capacity, with productions in Europe and the South Pacific. Our global workflow was developed between 2012 and 2017. During this period, on behalf of clients seeking web videos 3 to 10 minutes in length, we produced or licensed over 2,000 programs, at an average rate of 1.6 productions per day. We've caught our breath a bit since then. Our newest launch is Expanding the Trust, an initiative to support America's land trust movement, working closely with individual trusts across the country to build storytelling tools and capacity.
In February of 2014, Compass Light Founder and Director David Conover launched the Conservation Media Group, a non-profit initiative working to support filmmakers, activists, and organizations who are providing sanctuary for marine life, reducing ocean plastic at source, and transitioning societies to a low-carbon and just economy.