“GI Jobs” Airs tomorrow on DirecTV!

By Doug Gritzmacher

Denver Director of Photography & Cinematographer

 

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 face when they transition out of the service. We’re also impressed with the good work of Los Angeles’ community of veteran service organizations: From the Vet Hunters to the Salvation Army Haven to Reboot, we appreciate the opportunity to “watch you work” (with the Red Epic on our shoulder). You are an inspiration!

 

“G.I. Jobs,” airing on the Audience Network, Saturday, Nov 7. Channel 239. 8pm & 11pm ET.

 

This production was shot with RED Epic 4K camera.

New Film on Reston, VA, premiers Saturday

By Doug Gritzmacher

Denver Director of Photography & Cinematographer

 

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 Festival.

Walmart Commercial Shoot in Denver

By Doug Gritzmacher

Denver Director of Photography & Cinematographer

walmart shoot downtown denver colorado

 

Yesterday I worked as the director of photography on a new commercial for Walmart. Our crew descended on Denver’s 16 Street Mall to talk to various passerbys. Walmart recently raised their minimum wage and our host would play a news clip saying as much while our passerbys would try to guess who the company was. Several people answered with Starbucks, Apple, and McDonalds, so that the answer was Walmart came as a surprise to many.

 

The entire crew on this shoot was fantastic. This month I have twice now had the chance to work with several new people (to me) in Denver’s production community and working with this crew was a pleasure.

This production was shot with a Canon c300.

Shoot at Johns Manville in Denver

By Doug Gritzmacher

Denver Director of Photography & Cinematographer

ib-shoot

This week I got the opportunity to work with the awesome guys over Image Brew on a shoot for Johns Manville at their location in Denver, Colorado. They have a new product called a GoBoard and we shot a video demonstrating all the great features of this new product. GoBoard is intended as a replacement for such other materials as cement board. GoBoard is many of magnitudes lighter than cement board and you can cut it with a key!

It was fun working and meeting some new crew members here in the Denver area. I’ve been hear over a year now and still getting a sense of the production community.

New Commercial for Delta Dental in Denver

By Doug Gritzmacher

Denver Director of Photography & Cinematographer

 

Last month I had the opportunity to serve as director of photography on a package of PSA spots for Delta Dental based here in Denver, Colorado.

Delta Dental is a dental insurance agency that created these spots to deliver a message about the high level of sugar content in fruit juices. Now, I’m a big fruit juice drinker. I’ve enjoyed two glasses of orange juice in the morning since pretty much day one. Other people have coffee. I have OJ.

So it was with horror that I shot these PSAs. It would seem to be something of minor miracle that I still have all my teeth. Since shooting I have not curbed my OJ consumption (a life without OJ is not a life worth living IMO), but I do think twice before picking up that apple juice or lemonade at another time of the day.

New Awards!

By Doug Gritzmacher

Denver Director of Photography & Cinematographer

“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. Bravo!

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New Commercial for Oregon Bank

By Doug Gritzmacher

Denver Director of Photography & Cinematographer

 

Last Fall I served as director of photography on a commercial for Northwest Credit Union. It was produced by the talented folks over at Image Brew here in Denver, Colorado. They’ve completed the spot and I’m pleased with how it turned out. I was told we shot enough material for three great spots and that the biggest challenge was figuring out how to winnow it all down. Much better problem to have the than the opposite scenario!

TELLY AWARD!

By Doug Gritzmacher

Denver Director of Photography & Cinematographer

telly award
 
“Saving Sally”, a 30-second broadcast TV commercial directed by Steve Dorst (with whom I operate a full service film and video production company based in Denver, Colorado) and shot by yours truly, was awarded a Telly earlier this month for directing. I’m proud to have been a part of this project and congrats go out to Steve who did outstanding work!

 

This is the second project I have been associated with to earn a Telly. The first was “Trenches”, a science fiction Web series that earned a Telly for outstanding cinematography.

A LITTLE SLICE OF THE CARIBBEAN in PENNSYLVANIA

By Doug Gritzmacher

Denver Director of Photography & Cinematographer

 

Chris Jordan Bloch, Earth Justice filmmaker, just completed this story in Pennsylvania about the largest coal ash dumping ground. What you will see will be hard to believe. As the aerial views so deftly reveal, coal ash pollution transforms lakes into deceptively serene Caribbean-like turquoise blue seas. Close-up images tell the real story about how coal ash suffocates the life in and around these lakes. I contributed to this video, but the credit goes to Chris whose beautiful cinematography carries the show.

Canon Cine Primes in Action

By Doug Gritzmacher

Denver Director of Photography & Cinematographer

canon cine primes c300

Last week I had a chance to work with Canon’s set of cine prime lenses for the first time on my Canon C300. The verdict? Uh, awesome!

 

Image Brew, a production company in Denver, Colorado, contracted with me to shoot a commercial for Northwest Credit Union, which is based in Oregon. Director Justin Springer and I worked on location in Eugene and Oregon City, shooting profiles of three businesses that all use Northwest Credit Union.

 

The first was a woman who had quit her 80-100 hour per week job to start a doggy day care business. She is thriving … and has a lot more time to enjoy life. The second was a rescue unit that often responds to injured or lost hikers. We shot them working on Mt. Pisgah, where the above photo was snapped. The final story was of a couple who started a general store and restaurant at a location in Oregon City that is seven miles from any other service establishment. During their first week in business, they had a group come into the store and tell them their large group would eat there every Friday to help make their business a success.

 

All great stories with great people. It’s these kind of shoots that make me love my job.