Zacuto Wins Two 2013 Emmy Awards For Light and Shadow

Lilght and Shadow Emmy AwardFor the fourth year in a row, Zacuto was honored with Emmy (Midwest region) wins by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).  Last weekend, November 3rd 2013, a true labor of Zacuto love, Light & Shadow, won in two categories:

Outstanding Achievement for Informational/Instructional Programming
Steve Weiss, Jens Bogehegn, Scott Lynch, Producers.

Outstanding Crafts Achievement Off-Air: Director
Steve Weiss

Watch as Steve and Jens accept the Emmy trophies for Light and Shadow

“Every once in a while you get a project that when it’s finished you really like it. This was one of those times. By interviewing some of these legends I learned so much about what I’m doing wrong and right. I felt incredibly exciting to win as a team for best docu program but to then to win again as best director put me on the moon. As always, without an audience we have nothing. We want to thank the worldwide indie film community that watches our programs on the web and has supported us from the very beginning. Your support inspires us to do more.”

– Steve Weiss

Light and Shadow wins 2 emmy awards

Steve Weiss & Jens Bogehegn with the 2 Emmy Awards they won for Light and Shadow

It was a chilly evening in Chicago, Steve and Jens were once again dressed to the nines along with their lovely wives (a far cry from the usual Zacuto jeans and t-shirt dress code!) at the beautiful Chicago Alhambra Palace. The evening was hosted by Jerry Springer and guests feasted on an exotic menu of stuffed grape leaves, falafel, shish kebabs, and baklava. In an evening mainly dominated by news stations (a special nod to winner WISN, a Wisconsin ABC affiliate station, for their revealing and genuine coverage of the Sikh Temple Shooting earlier this year) Zacuto seems almost a wild child. Not only with their web based content, but also with the content itself. The elements of light and shadow are a duo so basic, yet so hard to capture and hard to describe. Are they what truly brings an image to life? And in the Zacuto lexicon of Shootouts and Critics, where does Light & Shadow fit in? Is it a dreamy love letter to cinematography? A heartfelt message to future filmmakers? A reminder to us all why we love this business? Yes, yes, and yes.

Steve Weiss with his wife Lucyna Wojtas

Steve Weiss with his wife Lucyna Wojtas

Producer Scott Lynch talks about how Light & Shadow came to be.

“When we were in production on Revenge of the Great Camera Shootout 2012, Steve had the great idea to interview as many great cinematographers as we could and to ask them about their process. The project continued to grow for almost a year as we collected more and more stories from the best shooters from all around the world. We would bring camera gear to trade shows or screenings and setup our backdrop to shoot these interviews whenever we could. Steve wanted the final show to be really visual, so once we had the initial cut together we started looking everywhere for great illustrations and clips that we could use to underscore the message. I think the film turned out really well, it has an elegance to it which is really engaging. Hopefully it will inspire others to keep working at their craft and to never give up.”

Jens Bogehegn, Cara Bogehegn and Host Jerry Springer

Jens Bogehegn, his wife Cara Bogehegn and Host Jerry Springer

“To be recognized for doing what I considered a dream gig, shooting my idols, some of the greatest cinematographers in the world, was really the icing on the cake. I have to say, as cool as it was, it was a bit intimidating at times with all these legends. We were invited into Haskell Wexler’s home and were telling him we wanted to transform his study into our studio, all the while his Oscars (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Bound for Glory) are staring down at me from the corner book shelf. Watching him sizing up my lighting and framing, waiting for him to say, “No, that won’t work. Do it like this” was nerve racking to say the least. But that never happened. In fact he liked it! Huge relief! So again, a big thanks to everyone who had a hand in it.”

– Jens Bogehegn

Light & Shadow discusses what is at the heart of great filmmaking and in the hearts of great filmmakers.  Zacuto is truly humbled by these wins and by all the inspiring cinematographers who opened up about their love and craft for Light & Shadow. Zacuto would like to thank the Academy for recognizing Zacuto and each and every individual who had a hand in Light & Shadow, both on and off the screen.

“This is incredible. Congrats with everyone involved. It was a beautiful piece and so honored to be apart of it.”

– Colt Seman

“Wow wow wow….again!! Fabulous news and I am just so proud to have been involved again. Thank you Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn for your support, trust and friendship. Huge congratulations. If it was not for you I would not have met these wonderful Cinematographers many of who have now become dear friends.”

– Den Lennie

“…out of this project I made great lifelong friends. Congrats to all!“

– Mick Jones

“BEAUTIFUL and passionate. Your love of the art shines through. Wonderful. I’m honored to be a part. Thanks!”

– Steven Fierberg, ASC

“Great Job, well done.”

– Bruce Logan, ASC

“Wonderful and moving.”

– Rodney Charters, ASC

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One Response to “Zacuto Wins Two 2013 Emmy Awards For Light and Shadow”

  1. Ralph B. Stillwell on November 14th, 2013 2:23 pm

    magnificent, aqs usual…………….best

    Ralph Stillwell

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