Martin Lisius began his storm chasing career in the mid-1980's. He is founder of Prairie Pictures, a film and video production company, and StormStock, the world's largest storm footage library. In addition, Martin founded and chairs the Texas Severe Storms Association (TESSA), a national non-profit dedicated to severe weather education. Martin produced, directed and wrote several television programs relating to severe weather including Chasing the Wind (1991), Beneath Stormy Skies (1994), and The Chasers of Tornado Alley (1995). He directed, co-produced and co-wrote StormWatch for the National Weather Service, which employs it nationwide as their official storm spotter training video. And, he photographed the first-ever violent class tornado on 35 mm motion picture film on May 30, 1998 in Spencer, South Dakota. In 1999, Martin teamed with Chevy Trucks to help create their Storm Chaser commercial for S-10 pickups. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and member of the legendary Spencer 4, a group that forecasted, intercepted, and tracked the deadliest tornado in South Dakota history.
1972 At age 12, designed and prepared Science Fair projects about severe weather including an award-winning 3D model of a supercell thunderstorm.
1987 Began storm chasing in Texas.
1991 Wrote, produced and directed Chasing the Wind, the first television documentary dedicated completely to the topic of storm chasing. PBS.
1993 Founded StormStock, the largest and highest quality collection of storm footage in the world. Film and television producers license StormStock footage for use in theatrical features, television programs and commercials. Martin is the principal cinematographer.
Founded the Texas Severe Storms Association (TESSA) a national non-profit dedicated to severe weather education. TESSA hosts the annual National Storm Conference, the largest event of its kind in the US. Martin is TESSA Chairman.
1994 Produced and directed StormWatch, the video used by the National Weather Service to train storm spotters and emergency managers nationwide.
1995 Wrote, produced and directed the award-winning program The Chasers of Tornado Alley, now considered to be among the most accurate documentaries about storm chasing ever produced. Aired on Public Television and distributed by the Weather Channel retail division.
1996 Technical consultant on the Warner Bros. motion picture Twister. Worked directly with the production art department and Academy Award-winning producer Ian Bryce.
1997 Began shooting Super 35mm for StormStock.
1997 to Present Photographed numerous rare severe weather events on 35mm and HD video for. Provided footage for use in productions by Discovery, National Geographic, CBS, Fox, ABC, BBC, McDonalds, Hummer, Timberland, Devil Wears Prada, Omen and the Academy Award winning motion picture An Inconvenient Truth.
1998 Captured the first-ever violent class tornado on 35mm motion picture film in Spencer, South Dakota.
1999 Appeared in the nationally televised Chevy S-10 Storm Chaser commercial. Worked directly with award-winning producer Craig MacGowan and director Antoine Fuqua to shoot the spot on location near Hollywood. In addition to starring in the commercial, Martin provided the storm footage used in the spot.
2000 Founded Tempest Tours, Inc., an adventure tour operator specializing in storm chasing expeditions. Tempest Tours has established itself as the most successful storm chasing team in the country with over 160 tornado intercepts since 2003. Tempest Tours focuses on the science and romance of storm chasing, and safe and responsible conduct. Martin is owner and President.
2005 Captured the only 35mm film footage in the world of Hurricane Katrina making landfall.
2010 Worked with director Terrence Malick on the Academy Award nominated Tree of Life providing technical and footage archival support.
2013 Provided footage (over 100 shots) for the 2013 Warner Bros. theatrical release Black Sky.
CBS Eye on America with Dan Rather, 1996.
Celebrity Cruise Lines, 2003.
ABC Good Morning America, 2004.
The Weather Channel, It Could Happen Tomorrow, 2005.
MSNBC Scarborough Country, 2005.
KDFW-TV Fox4, Dallas,1999, 2002, 2003, 2007.
KXAS NBC5, Dallas, 2006-2012.
The Weather Channel Cantore Stories, July 2011.
Entrepreneur Magazine, 2012.
CNN Money, 2012.
CNN, June 2013.
The Weather Channel, June 2013.
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