Light & Shadow

Zacuto presents an Emmy winning film from director Steve Weiss.  A year and a half in the making, Light & Shadow gives us all a peek into the minds of legendary cinematographers.

If you’re searching for textbook answers, you won’t find them here. Thought-provoking questions such as “What is creativity?”, “What shapes your vision?” and “How do you look at life?” provide an inspirational view about what it truly means to be a cinematographer.

If you have only one takeaway from Light & Shadow, let it be a reminder that cinematography, like all art forms, is something that comes from within. The technical can be taught, and anyone can pick up a camera and learn how to operate it. To capture an emotion and move an audience through visual storytelling is the real challenge. The big question is this: can it be learned or are you born with it?

Zacuto Light & Shadow
Emmy Wins:
Outstanding Achievement in Informational Programming
Steve Weiss, Jens Bogehegn, Scott Lynch, Producers
Outstanding Achievement in Directing
Steve Weiss
Director/Producer: Steve Weiss
DP/Producer: Jens Bogehegn
Producer/Editor: Scott Lynch

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96 Responses to “Light & Shadow”

  1. Stafford Huyler on June 6th, 2013 12:00 pm

    Looks Great 🙂 ~ I’ll be tuning in.

  2. den Lennie on June 14th, 2013 2:07 pm

    wow…incredibly honored to be included in this line up. Thank you. And for the record I’m still an Aspiring Cinematographer

  3. Lan Bui on June 14th, 2013 5:59 pm

    Amazingly inspirational.

  4. Tina on June 14th, 2013 6:02 pm


  5. jithpaul on June 14th, 2013 7:44 pm

    Inspirational. Thanks for this.

  6. Richard Inderwildi on June 15th, 2013 6:47 am

    Light and Shadow are very importent for Cinematographer. Thanks for this Information.

  7. Robert Matichak on June 17th, 2013 2:43 pm

    Inspirational & informative!
    Thank-you for sharing.
    Way to go Den! 🙂

  8. Wes Worthing on June 17th, 2013 2:51 pm

    Gifted, hardworking visionaries. Thanks you for the inspiration – let’s shoot something!

  9. will meyers / director at jackknife pictures on June 17th, 2013 2:53 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a brilliant collection of thoughtful filmmakers. Their shared wisdom is one of caring, feeling artists who allow story to tell them how to apply their craft.

  10. Cirina Catania on June 17th, 2013 2:53 pm

    Inspirational and beautifully crafted. Makes me proud to be a “creative.”
    Thank you.

  11. elliotpaulstern on June 17th, 2013 3:30 pm

    thank you for allowing me to watch this wonderful and inspirational and educational video. All I can say is wow because I am lost for words. I smiled, I teared up, I understood.

  12. michal siewierski on June 17th, 2013 4:19 pm

    very cool!

  13. Luke on June 17th, 2013 4:25 pm

    wow – you all given this to us for free ! feel like just gone out for wonderful meal and someone picked up the tab – thanks Steve !

  14. Robert Medrala on June 18th, 2013 12:36 am

    Thanks Steve, Jens & Scott for another inspirational film. And thanks to all of the cinematographers / Masters of Light that shared their wisdom in this inspirational film.

  15. Fletcher Murray on June 18th, 2013 7:52 am

    What an amazingly powerful contribution to our art, our artists and communicating with pictures! And you did it because it was worthwhile to do. I’m in Hollywood and the film industry does nothing like this (either because there’s no money in it or too few feel the passion of filmmaking in their blood). I salute you and your company and the statement you made that will benefit so many filmmakers. Plus, it’s a fine piece of filmmaking.

  16. orlandodv on June 18th, 2013 7:58 am

    Thank You – beautifully done.

  17. Andy Kochendorfer on June 18th, 2013 7:04 pm

    Thank you so much for creating and sharing this inspiration program!

  18. Fredrick A. Dever on June 18th, 2013 9:31 pm

    I don’t know what took me so long to find this. But…I thank you. How well this was done is beyond words. Very, very sweet and entertaining. I found this when I was just looking for something to give me a pick me up. Well this did it for me. I want more! Thanks.

  19. Steve on June 19th, 2013 6:48 pm

    Thanks for showing me that. Very interesting.

  20. Steve Duchesne on June 20th, 2013 3:00 am

    Great Steve !
    Tell me more about the music. Super !
    Best regards from Paris

  21. Bernard on June 20th, 2013 8:13 am

    first 20 seconds… i’m starting to tear already… can’t wait to see the rest!

  22. Daniel Bérubé on June 20th, 2013 9:34 pm

    Thank you, Steve, for making this happen!

  23. Steve Weiss on June 21st, 2013 1:02 am

    Steve, you asked about the music. It’s all from the APM music library. I love their library and have been using it for over 20 years.

  24. Michel Bosch on June 21st, 2013 6:19 am

    Sooooo inspiring. Just halfway through my 10,000 hrs….

  25. Steve Duchesne on June 24th, 2013 1:05 pm

    Thank you Steve 😉 Best

  26. Guillermo Castellanos on June 27th, 2013 11:53 pm


  27. Babak Amini on July 3rd, 2013 6:58 am

    Great piece of documentary film work. An inspirational piece beautifully and delicately produced.
    Thank you guys. Keep it coming.

    Eclipse film production

  28. Paul Zenk on July 5th, 2013 5:48 pm

    I filmed many a program on inspiration and art throughout my career and I found “Light & Shadow” very inspiring and reinvigorating. I enjoyed the different perspectives from the more seasoned cinematographers. I would agree that it is about whats inside and what drives the vision and creativity and ones ability to transcend the constraint of equipment, and make it do what you see in your mind, using Light and Shadow. Job well done.

  29. Carlos Ugarte on July 6th, 2013 7:19 am

    I found this film mind blowing. I was nearly in tears at some point. A perfect example that embodies the concept of “Light & Shadow”.

  30. Dennis Mathias on July 6th, 2013 8:31 am

    Gez, great. I was just going to preview it..and got stuck..sucked in!

  31. Charles Mackenzie-Hill on July 6th, 2013 9:17 am

    Lovely piece which is also very inspirational

  32. Lance J. Reha on July 6th, 2013 12:12 pm

    Wow, just wow. This was amazing. Bravo!

  33. JohnO on July 6th, 2013 6:45 pm

    Brilliant piece, truly inspiring, Phillip Blooms, Red Tails credit was the highlight.

  34. Darren lunny (@DarrenLunny) on July 7th, 2013 9:28 pm

    Was it wrong for me to get a lump in my throat watching this beautifully poignant film?

  35. Chrisfilm (@Chrisfilm_se) on July 8th, 2013 3:34 pm

    Fantastic, thank you for making this!

  36. Mike Babs on July 10th, 2013 2:59 pm

    Say no more very inspirational & informative.

  37. Adam Daniel Mezei on July 10th, 2013 7:06 pm

    I’m slightly late to the party, but there are almost no projects which Steve and Jens set their minds to which aren’t spectacular. And — yet again — is another that touches all the right emotional notes, while remaining educational, without being parochial or finger-waggy in the least. Love Zacuto Films
    because Zacuto loves you!

  38. Rainer Behrens on July 15th, 2013 8:37 pm

    Really well done guys.
    You guys want to review your shaving habits to move up the ladder;)

    I appreciate the undefinable spirituality, coming across from all these amazing DP’s.
    Seriously the best of the best. Bladerunner some 30+ years ago. Still one of my faves.
    These guys are off the charts.
    Thank you for posting.

    Also, I do own half a truck worth of Zacuto gear;) Funtoid!

  39. Sarah L'Italien on July 18th, 2013 9:46 pm

    Very inspiring peoples with very inspiring words. I want to be I cinematographer since I was 12 years old, but it’s so sad that not many women do this job…

  40. akismet-cefab015413f660d93a8ee2da6815d22Geoff Stock on July 18th, 2013 11:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful story about the specialness of what we do. As visual storytellers we have not only had a personal moment with some of our greatest luminaries, it has been done with such great visual storytelling. Very moving. I will be sharing this with many.

  41. DamenS on July 19th, 2013 3:59 am

    You should offer this for sale – or in some form of downloadable format if you don’t want the money.

  42. Tobias Struck on July 19th, 2013 5:38 am

    Fantastic peace of work. It’s soooo inspiring hearing those masters talk about what we all love most: moving pictures!

  43. Bradon Clay on July 19th, 2013 7:12 am

    This really made me think. Truly inspirational.

  44. Sabyasachi Patra on July 19th, 2013 2:06 pm

    Pearls of wisdom… To be treasured, taken to heart and put to use. Truly Inspiring. Cinematography is so much dependent on your personality… it is not just pushing the record button of the camera or placing a few lights here and there based on some formula…. reading as well as observing life, roaming around in the countryside….

    Thanks Steve for creating this. Can’t thank you enough.

  45. JohnO on July 19th, 2013 4:08 pm

    God this has been around the block for a couple of times now, on lotsof other sites, something fresh please, there’s lots happining in the industry right now.

  46. Connor on July 20th, 2013 1:38 am

    absolutely wonderful. The last interview is so true, it does not matter what camera you use. What matters is what story you are trying to tell with it. This is a must see for all filmmakers.

  47. Rob Norland on July 20th, 2013 10:34 pm

    When do we get to see the remaining? Much needed!

  48. KMOV on July 22nd, 2013 8:16 am

    Thanks, a good reminder for this generation to look back while moving forward. we’ve all got a lot to learn from many great artists…

  49. Aidan C on July 23rd, 2013 5:42 am

    Fantastic film. Great insight and very inspirational. Thanks for a great video!

  50. Ovi on July 24th, 2013 12:23 pm

    nice work 🙂

  51. Connor Smith on July 24th, 2013 12:23 pm

    Great work!

  52. Stephen Doyle on July 24th, 2013 12:26 pm

    That was great! Loved the insights!

  53. Johannes S. Beals on July 24th, 2013 12:47 pm

    Just a great inspiration piece to help light that fire within you to want to go out and make art!

  54. Michael on July 24th, 2013 12:48 pm

    This short really makes me want to watch more movies! Love Haskel Wexler’s advice “Don’t take any advice from Haskel Wexler”.

  55. Nicolas Levasseur on July 24th, 2013 12:55 pm

    Definitely made me want to go shoot!

  56. Damon on July 24th, 2013 1:01 pm

    Love it. So many DSLR users forget or don’t understand how important light really is this should be watched by everyone that is in the business and think they are in the business.

  57. Todd Le Veck on July 24th, 2013 1:03 pm

    Love the what is a cinematographer question and the what is talent, then that in the end the list of contributors with their headshot. I loved how you lit the interviews. Worked so well in the edit.

  58. Iyin Shek on July 24th, 2013 1:10 pm


  59. Sjors on July 24th, 2013 1:14 pm

    Interesting. 🙂

  60. eric weindel on July 24th, 2013 2:42 pm

    I wish there was more B&W out there.

  61. brian struble on July 24th, 2013 9:33 pm

    Wonderful advice from so many talented folks.

  62. Barry Fontaine (@BFMediaPro) on July 24th, 2013 11:15 pm

    “Nobody should give a damn about what camera you’re using….”

    I’ve watched this documentary twice. The Director, DOP and Editor tried too hard. It’s pretty evident they thought they would be judged by their product instead of just doing what they thought would work.

  63. Felix Wittich on July 25th, 2013 5:02 am

    Thanks for the inspiration, really dig the whole look of it !

  64. Tommi on July 25th, 2013 8:00 am

    Great set of questions. It was inspirational to hear what the masters of the craft thought about these issues.

  65. Chris on July 26th, 2013 5:06 pm

    100% inspirational. thanks for doing this!

  66. ChiliVerde on July 27th, 2013 11:02 am

    Inspirational, Thx!

  67. Dimitrios Papagiannis on July 27th, 2013 6:22 pm

    Thanks Steve.

  68. Steve Kirschner on July 31st, 2013 8:19 am

    Great video! Not sure that I understand the decision to lock it down so it can’t be shared with more people.

  69. ib on July 31st, 2013 1:13 pm

    Can the poster be purchased? I saw that you made a larger jpg available, but it’d be great if a professionally printed poster could be available …

  70. Sara DePasquale on July 31st, 2013 2:17 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Not at the moment, sorry!

  71. Thalia on August 7th, 2013 4:06 pm

    SO INSPIRING! Didn’t feel 19 minute long…I actually wanted more! Incredible well done…WOW!

  72. Uff... on September 14th, 2013 12:50 am

    Is anyone else bothered by the fact that only one of these cinematographers is a person of color and only two of them are women? Um…

  73. Shannon Paul on October 8th, 2013 10:14 am

    Awesome movie! Made me look a the world of photography much differently and how I go about my schooling and shooting. I will be looking through my lens with a whole new set of fresh ideas and eyes now! Thank you for this!

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  75. gary t. gartley on October 27th, 2013 7:12 pm

    Insight to the creative process is always great to read about,listen to or watch. Helps quell my angst, gives me a space to reflect in . Being connected to others, who look at the work of creating as an essential part of being, helps center your efforts. The drive is internal, the mastering of the external gives sight to that internal drive. This labor makes you whole

    Thank you to Zacuto for having that internal drive.

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  78. Janolof Fritze on November 14th, 2013 3:05 pm

    Absolutely great and very inspirational.

  79. Hajo Winkler on November 14th, 2013 5:27 pm

    Again great stuff
    Always a pleasure I a fan of yor work since fim fellas!

  80. DeitrickJ on November 18th, 2013 9:24 am

    Blown Away! Wow

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  82. Rodrigo Sarzosa on December 13th, 2013 12:23 pm

    Is there a Transcript of this video??

    Some of the names where hard to understand for non-english speakers like myself.


    Loved to see The Fall Included! such a great movie!

    and great comments from the cinematographers.

  83. Yisrael Jerome Bethea on January 17th, 2014 9:26 am

    Amazing and beautiful.

  84. Danna kinsky on January 31st, 2014 5:03 pm

    Amazing ! Thank you so much for making this !

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  89. HOUD AL-MAHROUQI on August 11th, 2014 9:02 am

    Fantastic it was great…

  90. Tess on March 4th, 2016 11:39 pm

    Can someone please tell me what song or sound track they used please??

  91. Rachel Kenton on March 9th, 2016 10:29 am
    Rachel Mahrle

    I have someone trying to hunt down the track title for you! – Rachel, Z-Team

  92. Samer Battikhi on March 18th, 2016 6:13 am

    Can you please list the films shown in the documentary? Specefically, what is the film shown during Polly Morgan’s interview? (The one with the colors, and b&w). Thanks!

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  94. Chris Powers on June 7th, 2017 11:05 am

    Love this. As filmmakers, we are constantly striving to reach to the depths with our clients by asking the hard questions. How can we find the real story? And then, how can we visually tell that story in a way that engages the audience and connects at a human level.

  95. Jason on November 20th, 2018 5:14 am

    I read all of the comments, and one comment sticks out in my mind, by some numskull named Barry Fontaine (@BFMediaPro) on July 24th, 2013 11:15 pm

    this numskull says the following about this fantastic film…

    “I’ve watched this documentary twice. The Director, DOP and Editor tried too hard. It’s pretty evident they thought they would be judged by their product instead of just doing what they thought would work.”

    #1, I have checked this guy out, and he has dome NOTHING, and I mean NOTHING of any importance, and NOTHING, that comes anywhere near the greatness of LIGHT AND SHADOW….

    Guys like Barry Fontaine, are a dime a dozen… He is jealous beyond words, of this great Film.

    In any Event, awesome job. I loved this Film.


  96. Jason on November 20th, 2018 5:17 am

    And this other person on here… Samer Battikhi on March 18th, 2016 6:13 am

    Says the following:

    “Can you please list the films shown in the documentary? Specifically, what is the film shown during Polly Morgan’s interview? (The one with the colors, and b&w). Thanks!”

    I say people like this should stop being so lazy, and check out the End Credits of the Film, and you would find out what Film you were wanting to know about.