Looking For A Full Service Video Production Company in Denver?

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

By Doug GritzmacherDirector of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+
In addition to my business as a freelance Denver cinematographer I own and operate a full-service Denver video production company. So if you are in need of not just cinematography, but concept development, script writing, editing, a video production crew, motion graphics, or some combination of those, please visit our site and check out our work.
 
In film school everyone does full service video production but instead of for clients, it is for themselves. It’s a unique time when you have the opportunity to wear all the hats in the video production process. This is by design for two reasons: 1) you eventually find what you enjoy and do best of all those roles and then concentrate on that and 2) you gain an appreciation for all the different roles involved in …

New Showtime Documentary Series – “Active Shooter”

New Showtime Documentary Series – “Active Shooter”

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

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

A new documentary series called “Active Shooter” I contributed to is now airing on Showtime. This is the second Showtime documentary I have had the pleasure of contributing to. The first was “Years of Living Dangerously,” which went on to win an Emmy Award for best documentary series.
 
Each episode of “Active Shooter” covers a recent mass shooting. The final episode is about the Columbine shooting. The “Active Shooter” crew traveled all over the country shooting their episodes. While in Denver they needed someone local to work as an additional camera operator. One of the producers on the crew was a producer on “Dr. Feelgood,” a documentary feature film I contributed to now available on Netflix. It was nice to be reunited and work with her again.
It was also an opportunity to …

How to Record Audio as a One-Man Band Video Crew

How to Record Audio as a One-Man Band Video Crew

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

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

 
As media production budgets continue to shrink the demands put upon the freelance cinematographer have grown. It’s not enough to be just a camera operator. You also need to know how to record sound, light, and produce. There’s a term for this: “one-man band.”
 
Most directors of photography will groan at the sight of that phrase. They know it all too well. You do the job of 3-4 people but still only get paid for one. It’s a way for production companies to save money and as long as there are enough people willing to say “yes” to those jobs, it’ll continue to happen.
 
I am one of those people who say “yes.” Although I understand my colleagues groans, the truth is I wouldn’t have a career if I didn’t. And not everyone …

DOCUMENTARY FILM ON DR. WILLIAM HURWITZ HAS DROPPED!

DOCUMENTARY FILM ON DR. WILLIAM HURWITZ HAS DROPPED!

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

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

In the summer of 2015 I worked with Eve Marson and Sarah Goldblatt on their documentary feature film, “Dr. Feelgood: Dealer or Healer?” They had most of their film shot but needed pick up shots and interviews over a three-day period and they contacted me to be their director of photography for the shoot.
 
Eve was the lead producer on “Fed Up,” a documentary film about the food industry narrated by Katie Couric. As someone who pays close attention to the food I put in my body, I really enjoyed that film and thought it a highly important subject. This new film is about a doctor who was imprisoned for over-prescribing oxycontin to his patients, which led to severe addictions and deaths. The doctor maintains he was just doing his job to help …

A CINEMATOGRAPHER’S BEST FRIEND: THE HONDA ELEMENT

A CINEMATOGRAPHER’S BEST FRIEND: THE HONDA ELEMENT

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

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

I have friends in the video production business who are long-time owners of Honda Elements. I remember them touting their virtues as far back as 2007, especially as tools for video production.
 
I didn’t care much for the vehicles visual aesthetic so I didn’t share in their enthusiasm. That all changed last year when during several car camping trips I noticed a lot of people driving them. They must be on to something, I thought.
 
So I looked into them and what others have done to modify their appearance. After seeing some inspiring examples, I knew I had to have one.
 
A couple weeks later I found myself driving my new car, a 2008 Honda Element, back to Denver from Jackson, Wyoming. My next course of action with the new car was tossing the stock grill …

COMMERCIAL VIDEO ON WYKNOOP BREWERY

COMMERCIAL VIDEO ON WYKNOOP BREWERY

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

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

 
Curbed.com, a website owned by Vox Media that profiles features about all things home, recently launched a video division.  Their first project is a massive story on “10 Streets That Define America.” One of the streets they chose to focus on is Wynkoop Street right here in Denver, Colorado. They contracted with me to work as a field producer and cinematographer and director of photography on a video profiling the street.
 
The final published story and video may be found here. Two of the major landmarks on Denver’s Wynkoop St. that we focus on include the Wynkoop Brewery and Union Station. The producer of the series really loved a commercial I produced and shot for Hatchlab about seedling farmers in Boulder. She was interested in a similar style but also wanted to add smooth …

Documentary film earns another award!

Documentary film earns another award!

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

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

“Parables of War,” a documentary film for which I served as a director of photography, just earned an IndieCapitol Award for best documentary short for 2016! Congrats to the film’s producer and director, Nina Gilden Seavey.
 
I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a cinematographer and a few of Nina’s projects over the years. She is a talented documentary filmmaker and her films always go on to accomplish great things. This film has been no exception.
 
I am happy to have been a contributor this documentary film and a part of a talented crew, including director of photography Gary Grieg, editor Ian Rummer, composer John Califra, and sound designer and mixer Cheryl Ottenritter.
 
The films stars Liz Lerman, Bill Pullman, Joshua Bleill, Keith Thompson, Tamara Hurwitz Pullman, Marjani Forte-Saunders.
 
The documentary is available to watch …

DOCUMENTARY FILM INTERVIEW: JFK & MLK ASSASSINATIONS

DOCUMENTARY FILM INTERVIEW: JFK & MLK ASSASSINATIONS

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

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

These days nearly, if not all, documentary films contain an interview or more. For better or worse it is just how the structure of documentaries have come to be defined. So as a cinematographer and director of photography for documentary films, I find myself shooting lot of interviews. A. Lot. Everyone from the President to 5-year-old kids. Last month I shot perhaps my favorite one: Robert Blakley.
 
The interview was for a documentary being produced by Nina Gilden Seavey. Nina is a long tenured and accomplished documentary filmmaker. Additionally, she is the director of the documentary program at George Washington University and co-founder of The Silver Docs Film Festival, one of the preeminent documentary only film festivals in the world. I had the pleasure of meeting her while working as a camera operator …

Letters to Syrian Refugees

Letters to Syrian Refugees

By Doug Gritzmacher

Director of Photography, Cinematographer
Denver, Colorado, Google+

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

This week sound recordist Rich Jacobs and I worked on a touching film shoot in Colorado Springs for Voice of America that is garnering a lot of press from all the major news outlets.
 
Standing next to me in this photo is 87-year-old Helga Kissell. She wrote a letter to a 16-year-old Syrian refugee. “I know it is always difficult to adjust in a different country. I feel very deeply for you,” Kissell wrote. “There will be better times ahead.”
 
Kissell is no stranger to what it is like to be a refugee. She grew up in Germany during WWII. After her town was bombed by the Allies, her family escaped with only the clothes on their backs. A short time later, an American soldier she had met and befriended earlier while working at …

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 …