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THE NEXT GENERATION OF FILMMAKERS IN DENVER

  • March 25, 2015
Doug Gritzmacher At George Washington High School Denver Colorado

This week I was invited to guest speak at a filmmaking class at George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado (I know, a film course in high school? If only the rest of us could have been so lucky!). The students are working on their own short documentary film projects and educator Julia Ortiz thought they would benefit from hearing from a working documentary film professional in Denver. I was honored to receive the invitation and had a great time speaking to the students. I started off by going around the room and asking the students what their films were about. I got answers that included war, teen rape, immigration — a lot of heavy topics to be sure! Then I asked them who their…

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THE BENIES OF ART & CULTURE TO CITIES

  • November 29, 2014
Art Discussion At Converge Denver

One of the reasons I moved to Denver was for the arts scene. During my preliminary visits to Denver I could sense a much livelier arts vibe here than what is found in DC. I have not been disappointed since my arrival. I have landscape images in John Fielder's gallery on Sante Fe Drive. Every first Friday of the month, the street closes off to traffic and all the galleries open their doors for evening viewing. People come out in droves to check out my work and that of other artists. Many artists also are on hand to talk about their work and talk with other artists. Additionally, I found a place for my office in a shared industrial space that also is home to painters, web…

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WILL THE ARRI AMIRA TAKE OVER THE WORLD?

  • September 2, 2014
Arri Amira 4K Video Camera

It is with great fanfare that the Arri’s latest digital cinema camera lands on the market. Arri’s previous camera, the Alexa, was released a few years ago and has quickly become the go-to machine for commercial advertising and political productions. Aside from Hollywood, these were the circles that had been the last holdouts for 35mm film. Of those who had switched to digital, the RED One or RED Epic was the best camera available for approximating the quality of 35mm film. But the RED cameras are also incredibly over-complicated. And that’s just on the front end. The back end? Forget about it. When the Alexa arrived, it came as a stripped down gray box with minimal buttons. I had an AC tell me once it…

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