Doug Gritzmacher

I’m an Emmy, Telly, and Remi award-winning director of photography and producer based in Denver, Colorado. I shoot short and long-form documentaries, dramatic shorts and features, broadcast television shows, ads, and videos for corporate and non-profit organizations.


My work has helped lead to numerous awards, has appeared in several film festivals, and broadcast on several networks, including NBC, The National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, PBS, BBC, Al Jazeera America, HGTV, and ESPN, among others. In addition to shooting, I am an accomplished producer and editor of three documentary films — the first a winner of four film festivals awards, the second now in wide distribution by First Run Features via iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, and the latest produced for and distributed by DirecTV.


I shape light meticulously for highly aesthetic interviews and scenes for broadcast and dramatic productions. I strive for fresh and inspiring compositions. I shoot with the mindset of an editor, gathering a diverse range of shots and angles in each situation so that a scene may be built in post-production. I think and move quickly, am highly efficient, and adapt easily to fast-paced situations.


In addition to cinematography, I’m an accomplished editor, photographer, and capable sound recordist. So whether you are looking for a “one-man band” or someone to assemble a production crew, I can help.


I am able to draw upon established relationships with experienced creative professionals—sound recordists, camera operators, producers, editors, teleprompters, make-up artists—to provide the necessary personnel for a successful production. I can provide the camera format and equipment required for your production with my own gear or through my relationships with local rental agencies.


The background image is of the San Juan mountains in southwestern Colorado. They are my favorite mountain range that happen to be in favorite, and home, state. I spent a summer mountaineering with my brother in the San Juans. We climbed numerous thirteeners and a few fourteeners. At each summit we could see Uncompahgre Peak (right-most mountain in background image) somewhere in the distance. At a height of 14,309 feet, it loomed over all else.


Uncompahgre Peak was named after the Uncompahgre band of the Ute Indians. For those who have climbed it, clarity of vision from the summit is brilliant, much like that of the Uncompahgre themselves.


Long before Franklin’s kite and Edison’s light bulb, the Uncompahgre (pronounced “un-kum-pah-gray”) had their own version of an electric fixture. Their’s was a rattle fashioned from buffalo hide filled with quartz crystals that, when shaken, gave off light.


Now, several millennia later, creating light is a cinch. For me, the challenge is not producing light, but recording it. The camera replaces the rattle, but the vision behind shaping and capturing light aspires to both that of the peope and the mountain that inspired its name.