Jens Bogehegn

Interested in photography and filmmaking since childhood, Jens Bogehegn has been shooting short movies starting on Super 8 since 1978. Always with a camera in hand, he easily transitioned into the role of High School Yearbook and Newspaper Photographer. After attending Drake University in Journalism studies, he then completed his education at Columbia College as a Film Major graduate with a camera internship on “The Untouchables.” Additional film course work at the Maine Workshops round out his educational background. Jens has been a professional freelance cameraman since 1985 and has freelanced on numerous projects as a Steadicam owner/operator from 1988 through 1998.

As a member of IATSE Local 600, his union credits include: The Untouchables (TV), Waynes World II, U.S. Marshals, and his independent credits include: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Watch It,  and Cosmic Voyage (IMAX). Having worked with Steve Weiss as his DP/Cameraman since 1986, Jens has been DP on over 600 productions together with Steve in the corporate/commercial & political space. Jens and Steve became partners in Zacuto films in 2000, starting out as a production house, evolved into a rental facility and than became a manufacturer of custom camera support accessories in 2005 under the Zacuto USA brand. With shooting experience of over 27 years, his background and hands-on experience make him an excellent source of inspiration as he offers a unique approach to innovative product design.

Zacuto consistently introduces new concepts to the market. Some have been subsequently adopted by other manufacturers and are now the ‘industry standard.’ Concept products like: ‘Quick Release’ components that can be attached without using screws, ‘Universal’ products that are adjustable for all cameras and rods coming out of the back of the camera for shoulder mounting and counterbalance, these are only a few of the original ideas that Zacuto has brought to the industry. Zacuto products are also made exclusively in the United States and have a lifetime warranty even for accidental breakage.

Coming full circle, film and video veterans Jens Bogehegn Producer/DP/Host and Steve Weiss Producer/Director/Host created one the first long running web series, FilmFellas, first aired in December 2008. FilmFellas offers viewers a behind the scenes peek into the minds of influential and emerging filmmakers, “Where talking film is the family business.” Since 2008 FilmFellas has had 8 individual casts and 40 webisodes garnering an Emmy nomination (midwest region) in 2010 and winning an Emmy for outstanding achievement in interview/discussion programming in 2011 episode 34 “Committment to the Craft” featuring Jens Bogehegn, Rodney Charters ASC, Nancy Schrieber ASC & Stephen Goldblatt ASC/BSC.

In August 2009, Jens and Steve launched their second webisodic series, [ critics ]. This new show, co-hosted by Steve Weiss and Philip Bloom (a London based Cinematographer, blogger and industry celeb) candidly critiques web based video content. [ critics ] offers an eclectic mix of personalities, perspectives and laughter.

In 2010, assembling a world-wide cast of influential filmmakers and screened at Lucas Film Skywalker Ranch, AFI and in Chicago, “The Great Camera Shootout 2010″ showed the world how a DSLR would fare against 35mm film in a battery of tests. The Great Camera Shootout has had over 2M views, was the only web series, along with FilmFellas to be nominated for an Emmy (midwest region) and then won an Emmy Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in an Informational Program.

In the fall of 2010, Jens Bogehegn and Steve Weiss created and developed BTS: a web series “A Documentary About Making Documentaries.” Launched in March 2011, the web series follows Director T.C. Johnstone, Producer Greg Kwedar and their entire film crew and documents their journey in the making of “Rising From Ashes,” a film about Rwandan’s first ever national cycling team. The BTS episode Hit the Ground Running was nominated for a 2011 Emmy award (midwest region) for outstanding achievement in a documentary program.

In 2011, in the largest Zacuto production to date crediting over 750 people The “Great Camera Shootout 2011″received an Emmy nomination (midwest region) for Outstanding Achievement for Informational/Instructional Programming. The Great Camera Shootout 2011 was a documentary of the Single Chip Camera Evaluation SCCE a camera test administered by Robert Primes, ASC.

By 2012 Zacuto USA’s product line had grown to over 340 items, making Jens one of the leading trendsetters in the camera package design. Now known as an industry leader, day in and day out, Zacuto continues to show how it can easily adapt its unique products to every camera on the market.

Jens has been a tinkerer from an early age. Taking apart and rebuilding, in a custom way, his bikes, making sensitive microphone type devices, or building simple elevators in the giant back yard tree, inventing and problem solving has always been a part of his personality. You may see Jens show up to work on his “Hog” or 1965 Cobra as he is a motorcycle and classic muscle car enthusiast. A direct descendant of the Vikings, traveling and exploring is a constant yearning and one that Jens can’t wait to engage in with his two boys, Hayden and Hunter and wife Cara.

Jens has been shooting, photographing, producing, renting & inventing in the film & photographic business since 1978, professionally since 1986 and Both Bogehegn and Weiss have worked together as Director/Cinematographer since 1986, together they have created in both film and video over 600 commercial, corporate, documentary & fashion projects as well as 6 web series with over 63 episodes. Here are some of the honors they have received:

2014 SILVER TELLY AWARD: Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces – Motivational “Light & Shadow”

2014 SILVER TELLY AWARD: Internet/Online Video – Documentary “Light & Shadow”

2014 BRONZE TELLY AWARD: Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces – Documentary “Light & Shadow”

2014 BRONZE TELLY AWARD: Internet/Online Video – Entertainment “Light & Shadow”

ASC Associate Members

2013 Emmy Award (Midwest Chapter) – Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programming: “Light & Shadow”

2013 Emmy Nomination (Midwest Chapter) – Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air: Photographer: “Light and Shadow”

17th Annual Webby Award – 2013 Official Honoree, Documentary Series: Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012

2013 Bronze Telly Award – Internet/Online Programs: Revenge of The Great Camera Shootout 2012

2012 Silver Telly Award — Internet/Online Video Series, BTS: A Web Series

2012 Silver Telly Award –Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces, “The Great Camera Shootout 2011″

2012 Bronze Telly Award – Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces, FilmFellas, a web series: episode 30 “What is Truth”

2012 BCPVA Video Innovation Award – Zacuto: Micro Plasma Light

2012 Videomaker Magazine – Best of NAB Show Award for Best Support, Zacuto: Recoil Stabilizer

2012 Videomaker Magazine — Product of the Year, Zacuto: “EVF Flip”

2012 International Academy of Web Television Television IAWTV nomination — “The Great Camera Shootout 2011″

2011 Emmy Award (midwest chapter), outstanding achievement in interview/discussion program — FilmFellas, a web series: episode 34 “Commitment to the Craft”

2011 Emmy nomination (midwest chapter), outstanding achievement in documentary program — BTS: “Hit the Ground Running”

2011 Emmy nomination (midwest chapter), outstanding achievement in informational programming — “The Great Camer Shootout 2011″

2011 Black Diamond Award — Zacuto: “EVF Flip”

2010 Emmy Award (midwest chapter), outstanding achievement in informational programming — “The Great Camera Shootout 2010″

2010 Emmy nomination (midwest chapter) outstanding achievement in interview/discussion program — FilmFellas, a web series: episode 30 “What is Truth”

2010 AVA Platinum Award — Critics: “Season 2″

2010 AVA Gold Award — FilmFellas Cast 7: “Masters of Non-Fiction”

2010 AVA Platinum Award — “The Great Camera Shootout 2010″

2009 Black Diamond Award — Zacuto: “Zwing Away”

2008 USO Certificate — Donor of the Month

1998 Bronze Telly Award — Jim Beam Brands: “Booker Noe, The Legendary Master Distiller”

1997 Chicago International Film Festival Intercom 2nd prize — Zenith: “The Experience”

1995 Silver Telly Award — Jim Beam Brands: “The American Spirit”

1995 Beverage & Food Dynamics Advertising Award 1st Prize — Jim Beam Brands: “The American Spirit”

1995 Bronze Telly Award — DeKuyper: “Cordials”

1994 Beverage & Food Dynamics Advertising Award Third Place — Jim Beam Brands: “Small Batch Bourbons”

1995 Bronze Telly Award — Firestone: “The Legend Returns”

1994 Bronze Telly Award — “Y-Me”

1993 Beverage & Food Dynamics Advertising Award Second Place — DeKuyper: “Lime Lizard”

1992 Silver Telly Award — “When You Wish Upon A Star”

1992 Chicago International Film Festival Intercom Certificate of Merit — “JBS”

1991 Bronze Telly Award — The Dalmore “The Art of Single Malt Tasting”

1991 AFVA Red Ribbon Award — The Dalmore: “The Art of Single Malt Tasting”

1991 Silver Telly Award — Switzer Boat: “Excellence in Performance”

1990 The New York Festivals Finalist — The Dalmore: “The Art of Single Malt Tasting”

1990 Chicago International Film Festival INTERCOM Certificate of Merit — The Dalmore “The Art of Single Malt Tasting”

1990 The Houston International Film Festival HIFF Bronze Star — The Dalmore “The Art of Single Malt Tasting”

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  1. Gutstring Filmdepartment on November 7th, 2011 3:03 pm

    Hi Jens,

    Love your products  :)

    Need some help, got som yellow spots on my screen…What to do? Do I need to replace the entire screen?

    Many thanks

  2. Rachel Kenton on November 7th, 2011 3:57 pm


    Those yellow spots are sun burns.  Were you using your sun mask and lens cap?

    We can fix that for you for a fee plus shipping.  I’ve emailed you directly with more information.

    – Rachel

  3. Wenzell on December 5th, 2011 4:12 pm

    Hi Jens,
    as many who wrote, you’re my victim because your name was the first to pop out.
    I had a question regarding the Sony A77. Must not be the first one but can’t find any answer on the net. 
    Does the view finder pro fit this camera ? AND using it with a battery grip, which mounting frame (if any fits) should I use ? 

    Thanks in advance. Hopefully you can answer ;)

    Cheers -

  4. Rachel Kenton on December 5th, 2011 5:46 pm

    Hello Wenzell, 

    We haven’t had a chance to try this out but from looking at photos online it looks like it should fit.  The standard frame, that comes with our Pro Z-finders, for when you’re not using a grip will work.  The battery grip one should also be fine if you’re using a brand grip and our catch-all adhesive frame will work whether you’re using a grip or not.

    I hope this helps.  feel free to email me with any more questions.
    – Rachel

  5. Wenzell on December 6th, 2011 2:36 am

    Thanks Rachel ! I’ll chek it out -

  6. Steven Deane on April 15th, 2012 8:18 pm

    Jens are you currently working with any documentries ? I have a 7d a tripod and some sound equipment. But I do have some great content coming up !

  7. Anonymous on June 20th, 2012 5:43 pm

    Hi Jens, Big fan of your gear at Zacu anyhow when do you think you guys have made a good shoulder setup for the BMcamera?

  8. Mandy on June 21st, 2012 8:59 am

    We are working on a shoulder setup for the BMcamera now. It will most likely utilize our exisiting mini baseplate. We hope to have something very soon (ish). Check back often or sign up to our newsletter to get updates!

  9. Alexis Marcoux on July 5th, 2014 10:44 pm

    Hi, I love your products and your approach to the gears those last 2 years. I would have an idea for a new product that Ill like to share with you.

    I have 2 Canon Cine zoom and cine prime. I love your future grip zoom with motor that you are working on. Maybe you already had it figured but… Could you create a second left hand grip with a focus oriented design. Digital with stretching off focus. Possible to have it long or short with any kind of lens. Can’t tell you how important this last one is.

    That would be truly revolutionary. No need to ever touch the lens. Just for iris. That would fit perfectly in your approach and it would be a game changer for people like me.

  10. Rachel Kenton on July 7th, 2014 9:17 am

    Hi Alexis,
    The best way to reach Jens is to email


FilmFellas Cast 6

FilmFellas Cast 6: “The DP Edition” will feature an eclectic mix of cinematographers from all spectrums of the independent film scene: Robert Primes, ASC (Thirty Something), Trent Opaloch (District 9), Philip Bloom (If I were Prime Minister) and first time host Jens Bogehegn, Cinematographer/Producer of FilmFellas/critics.

The dynamics of such an award winning cast of major players brings forth lively round table discussions from a unique set of perspectives and diverse points-of-view. FilmFellas Cast 6 covers such topics as: creative freedom; the art of collaboration, maintaining the vision/direction of the film, the challenging DP/Director relationship, and cutting edge “game changers” and techniques in cinematography.

Jens Bogehegn (Cinematographer/Producer of FilmFellas/Critics)
Robert Primes, ASC (Cinematographer)
Trent Opaloch (Cinematographer)
Phillip Bloom (Independent DP and Director)

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