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Zacuto Live on YouTube and Facebook

Zacuto Live is a weekly Facebook and YouTube show covering subjects that are important to us as filmmakers and content creators. As always, we hope our programs will inspire and inform you. We’ll have some interview and educational episodes with incredible guest talent. And some shows that focus on gear tutorials and cameras. We’ll be bringing back shows like FilmFellas and Critics in this new Live format. We’ll have DP’s, producers and directors discussing everything from new equipment to scriptwriting, budgeting, directing, producing, lighting, working with actors or anything you want! Feel free to email guest suggestions and/or show ideas to and we’ll find the talent and produce those shows for you.


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Episode 32: How to Get Distribution For Your Film with Linda Nelson, CEO and Co-founder of Indie Rights Movies

This episode of #ZacutoLive features the insight and invaluable expertise of Linda Nelson, CEO and co-founder of Indie Rights Movies. She explains what filmmakers need to know from the very start of their production process to successfully get their film on a streaming platform. She also details the variances between several different platforms and what filmmakers should know when making distribution decisions.

Episode 31: How to Direct Fight & Chase Scenes on a Low Budget Film

We are talking with Director and Film Professor David Tarleton in this episode of Zacuto Live. We'll be talking about the process and techniques he used while filming the fight and chase scenes for his recent feature, Hunter.

Episode 30:Why Filmmakers Need to Network & Tips on How to Network

In this episode of ZacutoLive, we are talking about the importance of networking for filmmakers with Max Brudvig, from Chicago Film Scene, and Wesley Nott and Sarah Giroux, organizers of Martini Shot.

Episode 29: Q&A with Bruce Logan, ASC- 2001 Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Tron and more!

Bruce Logan, ASC has been working in cinematography and visual effects since the late 60s. His expansive resume includes 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Tron and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He sits down with Jens and Steve for a fun Q & A session in which Logan delves into his experiences working with Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas and much more.

Episode 28: Zacuto Critics: Indie Filmmaking takes on Political Ads

On this week's episode of ZacutoLive, Steve and Jens are joined by Philip Bloom in their classic show "Critics" to discuss and critique political ads from a filmmaking perspective. Filmmaker Rod Guajardo from Four Sandy Feet Film Co. is on the show as well to talk about his border patrol short film.

Episode 27: Zacuto Trigger Grips for the Nucleus-M Wireless Lens Control System!

Steve and Jens give a quick tutorial on our new Trigger Grips for the Nucleus-M wireless lens control. Plus, we're joined by Zach Trinca who's been using them on a recent shoot.

Episode 26: NEW Zacuto Kameleon EVF- A Powerful, 1080p, Micro-OLED EVF for All Your SDI and HDMI Cameras!

The Zacuto Kameleon EVF, ‘powered by JTZ’, offers unique features like 4K HDMI input downscaled to 1080p and 3D LUTS. Watch Steve and Jens on Zacuto Live discuss all the features and technical specifications and explain the difference between the popular Gratical EVF's and the Kameleon EVF.

Episode 25: How to Get Your Low-Budget Film on Amazon Prime

Steve and Jens are joined by Filmmaker Bruce Logan and Producer Elliot Rosenblatt to talk about their latest film, Lost Fare, (available on Amazon Prime Video) and the process of its creation and distribution.

Episode 24: Zacuto Z-Rail Ball Mount for Recorders, Monitors & More

Steve and Jens give a quick tutorial on our new rail-based Z-Rail Ball Mount - perfect for recorders like the new Atomos Ninja V. Plus, we're joined by Mike Steidley from Vision Aerial Media who's been using the mount on a recent shoot.

Episode 23, Part 2: NEW Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4K Cage from Zacuto

Part 2 is all about the New Zacuto Cage for the BMPCC 4K, (coming soon!) Our Head Designer, Jens Bogehegn, walks us through his process for creating the cage, why he included certain features, and how a lot of the design is based on YOUR feedback from our other cages!

Episode 23, Part 1: NEW Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4K

This #ZacutoLive episode is all about the new Blackmagic Pocket Camera 4K. Part 1 of the episode is a chat with Marco Solorio from OneRiver Media who's been using the camera for a while. We talk about workflow and usability for the BMPCC 4K camera. Who is it for, and what situations does it work best in?

Episode 22: Electronic Art and Visualization with Dan Sandin

On this episode of #ZacutoLive we're joined by pioneer Dan Sandin who developed the Sandin Analog Image Processor, a highly-programmable analog computer for processing video images in real-time, in the early 70s. He also created the CAVE virtual reality theater and the Varier stereo VR display.

Episode 21: Exploring Modern Cinematography with Yuri Neyman ASC

Steve and Jens are joined by Director of Photography Yuri Neyman, ASC, President and Founding Partner of Global Cinematography Institute. We’ll be talking about the changing role of cinematographers into the digital and virtual based creative realms, and about modern film school education.

Episode 20: How to Shoot on Your Shoulder with Your RED DSMC2 Camera

NEW RED CAMERA RIG! Join Steve and Jens in this #ZacutoLive First Look at our new RED EVF Recoil Rig and accessories. Plus, we'll chat with guest filmmaker Johan Corilla who's been testing out this gear for us. See more of the gear here.

Episode 19: How to Make a Professional Live Show - Behind-the-Scenes on #ZacutoLive

This week on #ZacutoLive we're taking you behind-the-scenes on our live sets and full TriCaster Suite to show you how we make a live show every week.

Special Episode 18: Critics with Philip Bloom

On this week's episode of #ZacutoLive, Steve and Jens are joined by Philip Bloom in their classic show "Critics" to watch and critique two very unique short films. Check out the films (we play them during the show too) and comment to let us know what you think! The Foley Artist - Dead Friends -

Episode 17: Hot New Lenses from IBC 2018 (plus Blackmagic RAW)

It's all about lenses this week! Guest host and camera tech guru Gary Adcock sits down with Matthew Duclos and Megan Donnelly from AbelCine to chat about new lenses and other exciting releases (like Blackmagic RAW) from last week's IBC show in Amsterdam. Featuring lenses from Sigma, Cooke, Leica, and more.

Episode 16: Finding Your Niche in Luxury Wedding Filmmaking

#ZacutoLive is joined this week by award-winning Wedding Filmmakers Adam Forgione from Pennylane Weddings and Kevin Shahinian from Pacific Pictures. We talked about selling the luxury concept to clients, how to find your niche in this busy filmmaking market, pricing and wedding deliverables, and took your questions live.

Episode 15: The Science of Storytelling

#ZacutoLive is joined this week by Patrick Moreau from Muse Storytelling and Dr Anne Hamby to discover the science behind conflict and character. What is proven to make your audience get lost in your story? Techniques are the same whether you're making a short film, a corporate commercial, or a political ad. Story is king! Learn how to use these techniques to become a better filmmaker?

Episode 14: The History of Video Cameras from the 1970s to the Present

Steve and Jens are joined by Oscar-nominated producer, director, and Emmy-nominated cinematographer David Leitner to talk about the history of video cameras from the 70s to today. They start with a quick chat about film cameras and you'll get a tour of Steve's camera "museum" in the Zacuto offices. They discuss the cameras they've worked with throughout the years and answer some viewer questions from the live stream on Facebook.

Episode 13: NEW Z-Rail Arms and Mounts

Zacuto designers Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn demo our new Z-Rail articulating arms and mount on #ZacutoLive - they're the perfect arm accessory for the modern camera rig. See arms and accessories here. Our new rail-based arms make accessory mounting quicker and easier than ever. No more screwing and unscrewing arms and no more monitors coming loose. Our quick-release red levers make setup and breakdown as well as quick adjustments on set a breeze. The Mini Z-Rail even has a ledge that prevents twisting.

Episode 12: Critics with Philip Bloom - SPECIAL EPISODE!

In this special episode of #ZacutoLive we're bringing back our popular web show, "critics," with film/video veterans, Steve Weiss, Director of FilmFellas & Critics, and Philip Bloom, a London based Cinematographer and Filmmaker. These old friends come together as dueling co-hosts to candidly critique web based video content. Watch old episodes here. On this new Episode, Steve and Phil will be joined by filmmaker Hannah Dougherty to watch and critique her short film, "Theo & Celeste." Watch it here.

Episode 11: Everything You Need to Know About HDR

What is HDR? Is HDR 4k? How do HDR and RAW work together? And, what does HDR mean for filmmakers? How can you use HDR to make your work more compelling? Our expert HDR panel will cover all this and more LIVE as we sit down with reps from Canon, Dolby, and Flanders Scientific to demystify HDR. Guests Bram Desmet, CEO & GM Flanders Scientific, Inc. Tech Guru, Gary Adcock Joe Bogacz from Canon U.S.A. Colorist Juan Salvo from theColourSpace Robert Carroll, Sr. Director Content Solutions at Dolby Content Solutions

Episode 10: Film School vs. No Film School - The Great Debate!

Should you go to film school? Is it WORTH it to go to film school? Can a traditional education and a "working" education ever really compare? And is it possible to end up in the same place no matter which path you choose? Two film school alums and two filmmakers who have never been in a classroom sit down to decide once and for all - Film School or No Film School? With DPs Daniel Herman and Edi Schneider.

Episode 9: How to Run a Successful Production Company

Watch #ZacutoLive episode 9 - How to Run a Successful Production Company - with special guests Filthy Look Films, Four Sandy Feet Film Co. & Spirit Juice Studios. Steve and his guests discuss employee structure, budgeting, finding a niche, pricing structure, and more.

Episode 8: Sony A7III, A7RIII, A9 Cage Demo

Check out this live demo of our new cage for the Sony A7III, A7RIII, A9. Plus accessories and mounts for gear like the Atomos Inferno. Shop the Cage and accessories here.

Episode 7: NEW Single & Double Trigger Grips & Rigs

We're releasing new single and double flip-up trigger grips for Canon C-Series, Sony FS5/FS7, EVA1, DSLRs and more! They're faster, smoother, and cheaper! Plus a whole new line of single and double grip Recoil Rigs. See all the new rigs here. See all the new grips here.

Episode 6: VCT Pro Tutorial feat. EVA1, C300MKII & FS7 II

Steve and Jens give an in-depth tutorial on our super popular VCT Pro baseplate - how to use it, all the features, and how it can help streamline your workflow. Featuring the Panasonic EVA1, Canon C300MKII, and Sony FS7 II.

Episode 5: ProRes RAW Talk with Atomos

Watch our LIVE discussion all about ProResRAW - how it works, how it's changing over time, how it affects workflow, and more. Guests Gary Adcock, Filmmaker Lewis Brown from Atomos Noam Kroll from filmmaking resource Dan Svoboda, Editor

Episode 4: How to Get a Movie Deal

We're talking with some pros to have a frank conversation about what it takes to get a movie deal. It's rarely a straight path that's the same for everyone, but there are still some key components that tie everything together. Guests Giancarlo Iannotta, Actor/Director Bruce Logan, Cinematographer A-lan Holt, Writer/Director Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt, Producer

Episode 3: Should You Buy or Rent Camera Gear?

Should you buy that camera or just rent it? What's the current "life" of a camera and how do you structure your freelance client work pricing to incorporate gear you own and what you need to rent? Guests include Tom Fletcher Fujinon/FUJIFILM Director of Marketing, Joseph Bogdan, and Nino Leitner from NinoFilm and cinema5D.

Episode 2: Critics with Philip Bloom

In Critics, film/video veterans, Steve Weiss, Director of FilmFellas & Critics and many more, and Philip Bloom, a London based Cinematographer and Filmmaker, come together as dueling co-hosts to candidly critique web based video content. In this episode, Philip Bloom and Steve Weiss critique and break apart each other work in their reboot of Critics. Watch The Pole Dancer by Philip Bloom. Watch Cole Soul by Steve Weiss.

Episode 1: Welcome to Zacuto Live

In this first episode of Zacuto Live, we talk about how filmmakers are using the new live format and how it can expand not only viewership of a specific show but also a filmmakers 'brand.' We give a tour of our new live show set, show the Tricaster gear we're using to broadcast, and talk about what's coming next. Guests: Lan Bui, TC Johnstone, Mick Jones.
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