Real Estate Cinematography

Real Estate Cinematography

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

This month I had the pleasure of producing and shooting a video for a commercial real estate broker. I got to work with several fun toys on this one, including the Freefly Movi, which is a gimble system that allows for smooth camera movement. I love it because it frees me up to create movement with the camera in any way I chose.
 
This being a real estate video, we of course needed aerial photography. I have been casually training myself on drone operation but for the time being I am unable to do so for commercial purposes. This is because the FAA requires UAV operators to possess a pilot’s license and a Section 333 exemption. Pretty steep requirements but understandable since UAVs are dangerous and it pays to have someone with …

“Parables of War” 11/16 in Boulder, Colorado

“Parables of War” 11/16 in Boulder, Colorado

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

 
This film directed by Nina Gilden Seavey and for which I was director of photography will be presented at the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema at the Canyon Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, Monday, November 16. I will be there to help present the film. If you are in the area come check it out and say hi!
 
This production was shot with a Canon …

“SKATEBOARD MOM” NOW AT 3.7 MILLIONS VIEWS

“SKATEBOARD MOM” NOW AT 3.7 MILLIONS VIEWS

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

 
In Southern California, “Skateboard Mom and the Sisters of Shred” is an all-female group of hundreds of avid skateboarders — some of whom didn’t pick up the sport until they were in their 50s! I served as director of photography and colorist for this short film for AARP, formerly known as the American Assn. of Retired Persons. It’s part of their “Fearless @ 50+” campaign, and was picked up by ESPNw. With more than 3.5 million views on Facebook and half a million on Youtube, these inspiring ladies are achieving a new brand of “air time”!
 
This production was shot with a Canon …

“GI Jobs” Airs tomorrow on DirecTV!

“GI Jobs” Airs tomorrow on DirecTV!

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

 
I’m pleased to announce that my new feature documentary film “G.I. Jobs” is premiering on DirecTV’s Audience Network Saturday, Nov. 7, during the week of Veterans Day. I produced this with my producing partner, Steve Dorst, and we are the first production company that DirecTV chose to work with as it ramps up its original documentary programming. Shot entirely in 4K, “G.I. Jobs” also will be available on DirecTV’s on-demand “4K Showcase.” It will be available on iTunes in early 2016.
 
It’s been an intense and rewarding year working on this film, which is set in Los Angeles. A big thanks to our subjects Alex, Andy, Aneika, Christian, and Doreen. We appreciate you letting us into your lives! Through your experiences, we gained a better understanding of the many challenges that vets …

New Film on Reston, VA, premiers Saturday

New Film on Reston, VA, premiers Saturday

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

 
During the last couple of years before I moved from Washington, D.C., to Denver, Colo., I worked as a director of photography on this feature film about Reston, VA, a suburb outside Washington, D.C. Only Reston wasn’t like most other suburbs. It was founded in the 1960s by Robert Simon who thought there was a better way to create a suburb. Simon passed away two months ago. I had the pleasure of meeting him and filming him as he walked around the lake that he created and since lived by.
 
The film is directed by Rebekah Wingert and premieres this Saturday at the Virginia Film …

New Awards!

New Awards!

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+
“Parables of War”, a documentary short with Bill Pullman I served as director of photography on last Spring, just received two awards from “Best Shorts Competition.” The film is directed by Nina Gilden Seavey, a well-regarded documentary filmmaker who has earned numerous awards over her body of work. It was an honor to work with Nina and be apart of the team that is receiving this recognition. …

Interview on Blogcritics.com

Interview on Blogcritics.com

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+
Blogcritics.com, an online magazine covering the arts, culture and society, interviewed me about my feature film, “Soldiers of Paint.” It was a nice opportunity to be able to discuss some of the decision-making that went into the making of the film. A snippet is posted below. You may read the full article here.
 
 “Q: This world’s largest paintball event also became the closest scored contest in the history of the event. How did you create the helpful color schemes, map animations, specialized paintball gun explanations, slow motion and text captions for audiences so this historic score would have a lasting impact on the film?”
 
“A: Filmmaking is mostly about problem solving. And we had a lot of problems with ‘Soldiers of Paint’. How are points scored? What are the rules? We had to be cognizant that …

NOW ON NETFLIX, BABY!

NOW ON NETFLIX, BABY!

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

My documentary film, “Soldiers of Paint“, went live on Netflix today. If you’re a fan of off-beat docs like “Murderball” and “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”, chances are you’ll really enjoy this film. Check it …

“SOLDIERS OF PAINT” COMING TO NETFLIX!

“SOLDIERS OF PAINT” COMING TO NETFLIX!

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

First Run Features struck a deal today with Netflix to carry my film, “Soldiers of Paint“. The film was released in May on DVD, iTunes, and Amazon, but excitement about those platforms paled in comparison to the response we got to the Netflix news. The posting on the film’s Facebook page received more than 100 “likes”, and 22 “shares”, far and away above any other post ever made. You would think the film had just won an Oscar! The response to this news is telling about where Netflix stands in the minds of audiences in comparison to other delivery methods. Is Netflix now the de facto platform for movie content? It seems that way. If landing a first rate distributor in First Run Features and getting on iTunes and Amazon did …

New Website!

New Website!

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+
Wait, it looks exactly the same?
 
If that was your thought, then I have done my job. At the suggestion of my graphic- and web-designer friend Whit Gurely,  I migrated to a WordPress platform. Apparently, this trend has been underway on the rest of the Web, but somehow passed me by. Better late than never!
 
I dig the trend, and it’s good for all of us. WordPress, and an increasing focus on SEO-friendly practices (read: better results in google searches) has led designers away from all the bells and whistles that had begun to crowd website pages to the point of inducing massive headachses among us browsers.
 
If you are still thinking “hey, I thought WordPress was a blogging site?”, you would be forgiven. You are thinking of WordPress dot COM. WordPress dot ORG …