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DOUGLAS GRITZMACHER Denver Cinematographer

TESTIMONIALS   |   EQUIPMENT   |  CREDITS   |   CONTACT

ABOUT ME

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 nonprofit 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.

 

MY WORK
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.

 

YOUR PRODUCTION
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.

TESTIMONIALS

“You are a miracle worker. The shot of Jerry standing over the box, putting on the gloves, sighing, and lifting out the bomb is priceless. The money shot. THANK YOU!!!”
— Barbara Schroeder, producer, Answers Productions

 
“I just finally got to watch the footage from the interview with Ronit and Peter and wanted to send a big thank you! It looks gorgeous and I appreciate how you got the separate shots of them both listening so that we can patch it together easily for a smooth scene.”
 — Jessica Devaney, director of communications, Just Vision

 
“We reached out to Doug when our deputy executive director needed an introductory video for a presentation. With a tight deadline, limited budget, and only a vague idea of what we wanted, Doug guided us through the process to produce a final product well beyond our expectations. The quality of the cinematography, editing, and sound were exceptional and made her presentation an overwhelming success.”
 — Eduardo Ruiz, director of Information technology, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

 
“Great job. Our best remote show yet. Great audio, looks good, all easy in post.”
 — Cameron W. Bill, post-production supervisor, Stanford Video

 
“As director of photography on my documentary feature ‘Out of the Fire’, Doug was a true creative partner in the field. His exceptional cinematography, creative contributions, and vision were invaluable to the overall look and feel of the film. I recommend him highly, and look forward to working with him in the future.”
 — Courtenay Singer, producer/director “Out of the Fire”

 
“In the world of film and video production, I try to work with Doug as much as possible. As a cinematographer, he’s got an incredible eye and makes my work better.”
 — Steve Dorst, independent producer and director

 
“Doug’s eye for moments cannot be matched. He captures images in a way that tells a story through his creative and artistic approach. Working with Doug is a pleasure—his professionalism and great work have made him my go-to!”
 — Elise Carbonaro, nonprofit communications professional

EQUIPMENT

CAMERA GEAR
Whether 4K, 2K, NTSC, PAL, I can supply the camera system that will match the format and resolution requirements for your production. I own a Canon C300 camera package and have access to the following camera systems. I have extensive experience with each.

 

RED Epic
RED Dragon
Canon C300
Canon C300 Mark II
Canon C700
Canon 5D Mark III
Sony F55
Sony FS5
Sony FS7
Arri Amira

 

LENSES
Over the years I have worked with a myriad of lenses from cine primes to zooms. Let me know if you have a specific lens request.

 

LIGHTING AND GRIP
I own a Kino-Flo Diva Lite and an assortment of Arri fixtures. My kit is rounded out with a few other fixtures as well as grip equipment, such as C-stands, singers, gels, pins, blackwrap. It is suitable for one- or two-person interviews and smaller set-ups. For larger lighting scenarios I am able to call upon colleagues and rental shops for additional instruments.

 

SOUND GEAR
I have both a boom and wireless mic packages.

CREDITS & CREDITS

TV SHOWS & SERIES

“HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL,” HGTV Series
Director of Photography, various episodes, 2010-present
Leopard USA Films

 

“FOOD FINDS,” Pitch tape for Food Network
Director of Photography, 2016
Leopard USA Films

 

“HOCKEY CENTRAL,” Sportsnet Series
Director of Photography, multiple story segments, 2016
Sportsnet Canada

 

“YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY,” Emmy-award winning Showtime & National Geographic series
Cinematographer, Season 1 & 2, various episodes, 2013-2015
The Years Project

 

“ROCKY MOUNTAIN RENO,” HGTV broadcast series
Director/Cinematographer pilot episode, 2015
Tricon Films

 

“NAKED & AFRAID,” Discovery Channel broadcast series
Cinematographer, Denver unit, 2015
Renegade 83 productions

 

“PANORAMA”, Broadcast series
Cinematographer “Who’s Paying Your Doctor? episode, 2014
BBC

 

“FOR THE RECORD,” Broadcast series
Cinematographer various episodes, 2014
TheBlaze Documentary Films

 

“UNCOMMON KNOWLEDGE WITH PETER ROBINSON,” WallStreetJournal.com
Crew lead and director of photography, DC episodes, 2012-2014
The Hoover Institution & WallStreetJournal.com

 

“FAULTLINES,” Al Jazeera America series
Cinematographer, 2013-2014
Al Jazeera America

 

“HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS,” Pitch-tape
Director of photography, 2013
Atlas Media

 

“FLIPPING THE WHITE HOUSE,” Discovery Channel
Director of photography, 2012
New Animal Productions

 

“DC CUPCAKES,” TLC
Director of photography, various episodes, 2011-2012
Big Fish Productions

 

“THE AMAZING RACE,” CBS Series
Cinematographer, season finale, 2012
Earthview Inc. & Bruckheimer Television

 

“EVACUATE EARTH,” National Geographic Channel
Cinematographer, 2012
Atlas Media

 

“BEACH-N-RVs”, Travel Channel Series
Cinematographer, 2012
Big Fish Productions

 

“MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. – MORE THAN A DREAM”, Audience Network
Cinematographer, Washington DC unit, 2012
DirectTV

 

“VACATION HUNTERS,” Travel Channel
Cinematographer, pilot episode, 2012
Leopard Films

 

“DRUG KINGPIN HIPPOS,” Animal Planet
Cinematographer, 2011
Explora Films

 

“MEAT MEN,” History Channel Series
Camera operator, DC shoot, 2011
Zero Point Zero Productions

 

“FOOD TRUCK WARS”
Director of photography/field producer, pitch tape, 2011
NHNZ

 

“DISAPPEARED,” Discovery ID Series
Cinematographer, episode on Morgan Harrington, 2011
NBC/Peacock Productions

 

“KILER SHOTS,” National Geographic Wild Channel Series
Director of photography, first episode on Great White sharks, 2010
National Geographic Television

 

“REAL ESTATE INTERVENTION,” HGTV Series
Cinematographer, various episodes, 2010
Edelman Productions

 

“HOOKED,” National Geographic Channel Series
Director of photography, Snakehead fish segement, 2009
Hoff Productions

 

“THE NOSTRADAMUS EFFECT,” History Channel Series
Cinematographer, 2009
Workaholic Productions

 

“THE REAL NCIS,” Discovery ID
Director of photography, “Hartley” episode, 2009
Camera operator, “Wiltrout” episode, 2009
Story House Productions

 

“TWIN CITY BRIDGE: AFTER THE COLLAPSE,” National Geographic Channel
Cinematographer, 2009
Antenna Films

 

“AMERICA’S MOST WANTED,” Fox Series
Camera operator, “America Fights Back,” 2009

 

“MY FIRST PLACE,” HGTV
Cinematographer, various episodes, 2009
High Noon Productions

 

“RACHAEL RAY SHOW,” ABC Series
Director of photography, celebrity look-alike couple segment, 2009

 

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS & FEATURES

“DR. FEELGOOD: DEALER OR HEALER?” Documentary Feature
Additional cinematography, 2016
Eve Marson, director/producer

 

“G.I. JOBS”, DirecTV Audience Network Documentary Feature
Producer/Director/Editor (along with Steve Dorst)
Director of photography/Colorist, 2015
Z-Channel Films

 

“PARABLES OF WAR,” Documentary Short
Director of photography, 2015
Nina Gilden Seavey, director/producer

 

“ANOTHER WAY OF LIVING: THE STORY OF RESTON, VA”, Doc. Feature
Cinematographer, 2013-2014
Rebekah Wingert, director/producer

 

“IN THE EXECUTIONER’S SHADOW”, Documentary Feature
Cinematographer, 2014 (in production)
Maggie Burnette Stogner, director/producer

 

“A CHESSMAN IN WINTER,” Documentary Feature
Director of photography, 2013 (in production)

 

“SOLDIERS OF PAINT,” Documentary Feature
Producer/Director of photography/Editor, 2013
Double Six Productions

 

“OUT OF THE FIRE,” Documentary Short
Director of photography, 2013
Courtenay Singer, director/producer

 

“WHAT ABOUT ME?,” Documentary Feature
Director of photography, Washington DC shoots, 2013
Double D Productions

 

“GHOST ARMY,” Documentary Feature
Director of photography, Washington DC shoots, 2012
Rick Beyer, director

 

“BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS,” Documentary Feature
Director of photography, Washington DC shoots, 2011
WG Film

 

“WAITING FOR SUPERMAN,” Documentary Feature
B Camera operator, Washington DC unit, 2010
Davis Guggenheim, director

 

“LT. DAN BAND: FOR THE COMMON GOOD,” Documentary Feature
Director of photography, Washington DC shoots, 2009
Lamplight Entertainment

 

“TOUCH, PAUSE, ENGAGE,” Documentary Feature
Director of photography, 2009
Jonni Masella, director/producer

 

“HOPE: LIVING AND LOVING WITH HIV IN JAMAICA,” Livehopelove.com
2009 EMMY AWARD WINNER
Cinematographer, 2008
Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting

 

“UN-NATURAL STATE,” Documentary Feature
Camera operator, 2009
Worthy Foes Productions

 

“MIGRATION OF BEAUTY,” Documentary Feature
Cinematographer, 2008
Chris Flaherty, producer

 

“BONE MIXERS,” Documentary Short
Winner of four film festival awards
Producer/Director of photography/Editor, 2005
Double Six Productions

 

“SWEET POTATO PIE,” Documentary Short
Camera operator, 2005
Nina Seavey, director/producer

 

“ADVISE AND DISSENT,” Documentary Feature
Cinematographer, 2005
David Van Taylor, producer

 

COMMERCIALS
Walmart
Budweiser
Delta Dental
TruSolar
ResearchSaves.org
Northwest Credit Union
Johns Manville

 

NONPROFIT & FOUNDATIONS
PBS
AARP
ICANN
Human Rights Campaign
The Nature Conservancy
The National Park Foundation
Earth Justice
The International Crisis Group
DC Public Schools
Library of Congress
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
US Youth Soccer
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Christian Connections for International Health
Center for Global Development
International Justice Mission
Paralympic Committee
Academy for Educational Development
International Conservation Caucus Foundation
Heinz Center

CONTACT ME

How may I help you with your photography needs?

 

PORTFOLIO

 
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY REEL
 

 


FULL VIDEOS – COMMERCIALS & NONPROFIT
 
 


AARP
Director of photography/Colorist
 
 
 
 

COLORADO URBAN FARM COMPANY
Producer/DP/Colorist
 
 
 
 

“SAVING SALLY”  
Director of Photography
 
 
 
 

TRUSOLAR
Director of Photography
 
 
 
 

EARTH JUSTICE
Cinematographer
 
 
 
 

“DAVID GARIBALDI” | Budweiser
Director of Photography


NORTHWEST CREDIT UNION
Director of photography
 
 
 
 

DELTA DENTAL INSURANCE
Director of photography
 
 
 
 

REAL ESTATE 
Producer/DP/Editor
 
 
 
 

REAL ESTATE
Producer/DP/Editor
 
 
 
 

“SWEET ACTION ICE CREAM”
Cinematographer
 
 
 
 

“UNCOMMON KNOWLEDGE”
Line producer/Director of Photography


TRAILERS – DOCUMENTARY FILMS


“G.I. JOBS”  
Producer/DP/Editor/Colorist
 
 
 
 

“ANOTHER WAY TO LIVE” 
Cinematographer
 
 
 
 

“OUT OF THE FIRE”
Director of photography



“PARABLES OF WAR” 
Director of photography
 
 
 
 

“SOLDIERS OF PAINT” 
Producer/DP/Editor/Colorist

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