Steve Weiss


steve weiss bio

1970’s

Steve Weiss began his creative journey at an early age. His dad taught him photography and they shot Super 8 movies together.

1983

With the advent of the home VCR, Steve was among the first to begin shooting and editing wedding videos. It was at this time that he began to hone his taste, knowledge and storytelling ability. Soon after moving to Chicago in 1983, Steve started his production company 1st Generation Film/Video.

1986

Steve had an idea of creating point of purchase (POP) fashion videos that would play in department stores in an attempt to bring the fashion to life. This had never been done before. To sell the concept, Steve had to actually rent the monitors and VCR’s to play his new fashion videos since no stores had them at the time. Steve attracted forward-thinking companies like I.B. Diffusion, Hartmarx and Christian Dior.

1990’s

Never afraid of new technology Steve, along with his DP Jens Bogehegn and editor Lucyna Wojtas, were among the first to use Hi-8 video, Betacam, Steadicam JR, mini dv, non-linear editing, DVD authoring, HD cameras, HD-DSLR and the recent large sensor digital cameras. After building 1st Generation into a successful production company, Steve sold it to move on to other endeavors.

2000

Steve and Jens formed Zacuto Rentals with a focus on renting Super 16mm film packages but quickly shifted to the new Panasonic Varicam HD 24p cameras, which were recently introduced to the market.

2005

When Panasonic released the HVX200, Steve and Jens realized that in order to make these cameras ergonomic and useful tools to shoot indie films they would need to create some new products. Zacuto USA was born with a baseplate, shoulder pad, handgrips, articulating arms, power systems and more. “We just weren’t able to find the products to do the things that were needed for these new cameras, so we decided to only make products that were unique, different and a huge improvement over what was already available,” said Steve. Zacuto introduced new concepts to the market. Some have been subsequently adopted by other manufacturers and are now the industry standard. Concepts like ‘Quick Release’ components that can be attached without using screws and ‘Universal’ products that are adjustable for all cameras. Zacuto also created devices to attach to the rods coming out of the back of the baseplate for shoulder mounting and counterbalance. Zacuto products are made exclusively in the United States and have a lifetime warranty even for accidental breakage.

2008

Coming full circle, Steve and Jens created one the first long-running web series, “FilmFellas” which first aired in December 2008. “FilmFellas” offers viewers a behind the scenes peek into the minds of influential and emerging filmmakers. “FilmFellas,” had eight individual casts, 40 webisodes and won a Midwest Emmy in 2011 for outstanding achievement in interview/discussion programming. The winning webisode #34, “Commitment to the Craft featured Rodney Charters ASC CSC, Nancy Schreiber ASC and Stephen Goldblatt ASC BSC.

2009

Steve and Jens launched their second web series, “Critics”. This show, co-hosted by Steve and Philip Bloom, candidly critiques web-based video content. “Critics” offers an eclectic mix of personalities, perspectives and laughter.

2010

Assembling a world-wide cast of influential filmmakers and screened at 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 three webisodes of “The Great Camera Shootout” web series have had more than two million views and won a Midwest Emmy Award in 2010 for Outstanding Achievement in Informational Programming.

2011

bts: A Web Series” is a documentary about making documentaries and was launched in March 2011. The Emmy-nominated web series follows director T.C. Johnstone, producer Greg Kwedar and other crew members as they documented their journey in the making of “Rising From Ashes.”In Steve’s largest production to date, crediting more than 750 people and also Emmy-nominated, “The Great Camera Shootout 2011” was a three-part documentary about the Single Chip Camera Evaluation, a camera test administered by Robert Primes ASC.

2012

The controversial “Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012” posed the question whether talent can supersede technology, which resulted in much international debate. It also won Steve his third Midwest Emmy Award.

2013

Light & Shadow,” a documentary produced and directed by Steve and Jens delves into the creativity and passion of more than 30 of the most legendary cinematographers of our time. “Light & Shadow” was honored with four Midwest Chapter Emmy Nominations and two wins for Outstanding Achievement for Informational/Instructional Programming and Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air: Director – Steve Weiss.

Steve is passionate about his work but also has many other interests. You can often find him riding around Chicago on his vintage bicycles, working on his fine art photography portfolio, and, of course, playing with his little girl Isabel and wife Lucyna. Steve also has a keen interest in genealogy. His 17th great grandfather, Abraham Zacuto, was the court astronomer of Spain and an inventor. Abraham was responsible for orchestrating Christopher Columbus’s mission to the new world. Steve too, has that same passion for inventing, creating and discovering. It seems to run in the family! Steve has been shooting, photographing, directing, producing, editing, renting and inventing products in film, video and photography since 1983. Both he and Jens have created more than 340 Zacuto camera accessories which are sold through their 175 worldwide dealers. They have worked together as director/cinematographer since 1986, creating in both film and video over 600 commercial, corporate, documentary and fashion projects as well as seven web series totaling 64 webisodes.

HONORS RECEIVED

2014

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

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

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

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

2013

ASC ASSOCIATE MEMBER

EMMY AWARD (MIDWEST CHAPTER):

Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programming: “Light & Shadow”

EMMY AWARD (MIDWEST CHAPTER):

Outstanding Craft Achievement, Director of post production/editing: “Light and Shadow”

17TH ANNUAL WEBBY AWARD:

2013 Official Honoree, Documentary Series: Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012

BRONZE TELLY AWARD:

Internet/Online Programs: Revenge of The Great Camera Shootout 2012

2012

EMMY AWARD (MIDWEST CHAPTER):

Outstanding Achievement in Informational Programming: Revenge of The Great Camera Shootout 2012: Episode 1, “Starting with Darkness”

EMMY NOMINATION (MIDWEST CHAPTER):

Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Program: BTS: A Web Series: Webisode 2, “Chasing the Light”

EMMY NOMINATION (MIDWEST CHAPTER):

Outstanding Craft Achievement, Director of Editing: BTS: A Web Series: Webisode 2, “Chasing the Light”

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF WEB TELEVISION IAWTV NOMINATION:

The Great Camera Shootout 2011

BCPVA VIDEO INNOVATION AWARD:

Zacuto: Micro PlaZma Light

VIDEOMAKER MAGAZINE:

Best of NAB Show Award for Best Support, Zacuto: Recoil Stabilizer

VIDEOMAKER MAGAZINE:

Product of the Year: Zacuto “EVF Flip

HOUSTON WORLDFEST: REMI PLATINUM AWARD:

Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout

HOUSTON WORLDFEST: REMI GOLD AWARD:

BTS: A Web Series

INTERCOM: SILVER PLAQUE AWARD:

Chicago International Film Festival for Web Series Independent: BTS: A Web Series

SILVER TELLY AWARD:

Internet/Online Video Series: BTS: A Web Series

SILVER TELLY AWARD:

Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces: The Great Camera Shootout 2011

BRONZE TELLY AWARD

Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces: FilmFellas, A Web Series: Episode 30, “What is Truth”

2011

EMMY AWARD (MIDWEST CHAPTER):

Outstanding Achievement in Interview/Discussion: Film Fellas, A Web Series: Episode 34, “Commitment to the Craft”

EMMY NOMINATION (MIDWEST CHAPTER):

Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Program: BTS: A Web Series: Webisode 1, “Hit the Ground Running”

EMMY NOMINATION (MIDWEST CHAPTER):

Outstanding Achievement in Informational Programming: The Great Camera Shootout

BLACK DIAMOND AWARD:

Zacuto “EVF Flip”

2010

EMMY AWARD (MIDWEST CHAPTER):

Outstanding Achievement in Informational Programming: The Great Camera Shootout

EMMY NOMINATION (MIDWEST CHAPTER):

Outstanding Achievement in Interview/Discussion Program: FilmFellas, A Web Series: Episode 30, “What is Truth”

AVA PLATINUM AWARD:

Critics: Season 2

AVA PLATINUM AWARD:

The Great Camera Shootout 2010

AVA GOLD AWARD:

FilmFellas Cast 7 “Masters of Non-Fiction”

2009

BLACK DIAMOND AWARD:

Zacuto “Zwing Away”

1998

BRONZE TELLY AWARD:

Jim Beam Brands: “Booker Noe, The Legendary Master Distiller”

1997

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INTERCOM SECOND PRIZE:

Zenith: “The Experience”

1995

BEVERAGE & FOOD DYNAMICS ADVERTISING AWARD 1ST PRIZE:

Jim Beam Brands: “The American Spirit”

SILVER TELLY AWARD:

Jim Beam Brands: “The American Spirit”

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”

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”

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INTERCOM CERTIFICATE OF MERIT:

“JBS”

1991

AFVA RED RIBBON AWARD:

The Dalmore: “The Art of Single Malt Tasting”

BRONZE TELLY AWARD:

The Dalmore “The Art of Single Malt Tasting”

SILVER TELLY AWARD:

Switzer Boat: “Excellence in Performance”

1990

THE NEW YORK FESTIVALS FINALIST:

The Dalmore: “The Art of Single Malt Tasting”

CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL INTERCOM CERTIFICATE OF MERIT:

The Dalmore “The Art of Single Malt Tasting”

THE HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HIFF BRONZE STAR:

The Dalmore “The Art of Single Malt Tasting”

 

FOR MORE INFO, VISIT:

Steve Weiss photo website: http://weissfineart.com
Steve Weiss videos: http://steveweissdirector.com
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Cast

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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