Who We Are

We produce motion pictures that explore the human relationship to the ocean and the outdoors.  Our in-house staff of eight builds on an active network of outdoor production personnel from 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). 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. In 2015, we produced our first Ultra High Definition 4K on-demand video-streaming series, titled Big Picture Earth (CuriosityStream). Since 2011, 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 and receive FAA exemption for commercial operations.

In February of 2014, Compass Light Founder and Director David Conover launched the Conservation Media Group, a non-profit initiative working for measurable change in ocean health and renewable energy capacity.

Compass Light Team


Big Picture Earth

2015-16, 20 x 30 minutes PREMIERES on CuriosityStream

Inspired by the Walt Whitman poem "There Was A Child Went Forth," this 20 x 30 minute series will take viewers on a visual exploration of the most majestic spaces on the planet, and allow them to engage both the detail and the big picture frame of these places.  The series will be available to domestic and international audiences via on-demand streaming, in 4k resolution (twice that of HD television), starting sometime in 2016. The editorial style and pacing is slow and relaxed, constantly moving like a child, like a bird, like a bee.  There are no actors, no narration, no spoken words at all.   Because each episode in the series is on-demand, viewers can choose a version with natural sound OR a version with natural sound and music.

Canyons of the Ancient Ones
The Young Earth of the Reykjanes Peninsula 
The Oracle at Delphi
Moods of Venice
Alewives Eternal Return
Canyons of Time
The Acropolis of Athens
Katahdin Woods and Water
Shooters Island of New York City
Central Park, New York
Slot Canyons
Greatest Hits with Roman Coliseum 
Cumberland Island
The Desert of Wadi Rum


Our Clients and Collaborators


In 2011, when unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) were developed in Europe to capture bird’s-eye perspectives, we began to commission the best pilots and aerial DPs to work with this camera platform. When the evolving regulatory environment made provision for using Drones in the United States in 2015, we applied for and received the first FAA exemption in Maine for commercial operation of drones for film. Our pilots are established in the aviation community; with certifications that range from full-sized 747s and helicopters to small fixed-wing private planes. At a minimum, we fly in teams of two: one pilot and one aerial DP. Our safety and creative record speaks for itself. We have successfully filmed UHD 4K aerial footage at sensitive World Heritage Sites like Auschwitz (Poland), Stonehenge (UK) and Petra (Jordan), and have captured the isolated quiet of a vessel off the Canary Islands and steaming volcanism of the Reykjanes Peninsula.  

Our primary aircraft consists of two CineStar-X8 MK Heavy Lift RTFs, with MOVI-10 stabilization. We also have Phantom 2 and 3 small craft. The 11 pound payloads of the Cinestar-X8 4K range from our RED Epic Dragon to a PANASONIC GH4.

Besides our own fully certified aviation team, we also have established active relationships with multiple UAV teams overseas who have helped us set our standards of safety and quality in aerial cinematography. Our three most active are: Dave Halton and Stephen Draper of AerialVue, Radek Matus and Pawel Nazaruk of HeliDog, and Marko Butrakovic and Robert Godrijan of Craft.  Each flies with their own aircraft.

All of our crews can breakdown, rebuild, and maintain their own equipment.


Contact Us

Interested in hearing more about our work, commissioning us for projects or learning about job opportunities at Compass Light?


(207) 236-2078

PO Box 1203
Camden, ME 04843