Eric Liner is a director and cinematographer who has filmed wildlife, wild places, and wild people around the globe. Prior to joining the Cornell Lab in 2005 Eric worked in the freelance worlds of independent film and television broadcast. "Bird of Prey" is his first documentary feature.




Wildlife Cinematographer


Neil Rettig is a world renowned 6-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer with over 40 years experience filming rare and endangered species world wide. Over the past four decades Rettig has contributed to the production of hundreds of films, including IMAX Productions, National Geographic Specials, and Science Documentaries. Neil has also published popular articles in National Geographic, Audubon, and other high profile magazines. His knowledge of raptors, especially the rare forest Eagles, has resulted in scientific publications and a greater understanding of critically endangered species such as the Philippine and Harpy Eagles. Rettig’s fieldwork has been instrumental in the conservation of rare and threatened animals, the establishment of protected ecosystems around the world, and breeding projects for endangered species. Neil has been acclaimed for his creative eye, artistic composition, lightning fast ability to capture the moment, and intimacy with the subject.


Wildlife Cinematographer


Skip is an Emmy award winning wildlife cinematographer based in Austin, Texas.  He has been fortunate enough to travel the world working on documentaries for National Geographic, and other TV networks.  



Tom Swartwout is an editor, producer, and director of feature films, documentaries, and television shows. As Sidney Lumet’s editor for over a decade, his credits include BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE DEAD, FIND ME GUILTY, and 100 CENTRE STREET.  He has edited documentaries and series documentaries for PBS, HBO, Discovery, The New York Times, and the History Channel, including A CITY ON FIRE: THE STORY OF THE ’68 DETROIT TIGERS, MOST EVIL, ARCTIC RUSH, FIRST 48, RESIDENT LIFE, and EVOLVE. Swartwout was a producer and editor for the Emmy nominated series ADVENTURES WITH RUTH. Most recently he edited and co-directed THE SAGEBRUSH SEA which aired on the PBS series NATURE. He currently works at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as part of the team that produces conservation media.




David Majzlin is an Emmy®-nominated composer and music producer whose eclectic, genre-bending approach to scoring spans across a myriad of styles unique to each project. Film credits include multiple Emmy-award-winning film THE LOVING STORY (HBO), multi-award-winner and audience favorite, HERB AND DOROTHY, (AFI Docs, Hamptons), award-winning doc ALTHEA (American Masters / PBS), YOUTH KNOWS NO PAIN (HBO), Emmy®-nominated doc SINS OF MY FATHER (HBO), STILLE, (Winner - Best Score - Avignon Film Festival), BEING REEL, (Winner - Grand Prize - Project Greenlight Competition), multi-award-winning doc ANGEL OF NANJING, and SHENANDOAH (Louverture Films, Netflix), directed by Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer, David Turnley.

Expedition Coordinator

Tree Rigger/Additional Cinematography

Tree Rigger/Forest Guide