Matt is a true find for any documentary filmmaker out there who needs a skilled cinematographer with a great sense of visual composition and a capacity to connect with the people he's filming. I was consistently impressed with his ability to both get great footage under physically taxing situations—and in the next shot, stay with a character for the truly emotionally compelling moments. I relied heavily on Matt to shoot on his own, with people he'd never met before, and he always came back with visually and emotionally captivating footage. Also, as a crew member he is reliable, friendly and collaborative. I would work with him again in a minute.
Wow Matt, you nailed the video!!!! You did an absolutely amazing job, and with so little direction, I am super impressed!!! You are definitely on the top of my list for shooters to call. Thanks for all the hard work!
Matt is a such a professional, motivated, and hard working individual. Mix that with great camera skills and strong sense for an overall vision of a final product and you can't ask for a better person to work with. I would be excited to team up with Matt again on any future project.
I had the pleasure of working with Matt Ziniel on a few high-end videos I needed for a specific membership website. The videos I needed shot were of an action packed nature and quite demanding, but Matt executed flawlessly and on super short notice. Matt provided me with some really fabulous videos that met all of my criteria, and exceeded my expectations. I was really pleased with everything from the initial consultation to how the final edit came out. I would highly recommend Matt for any project.
Matt is extremely professional and his quality of work is amazing. I enjoyed working with him on our Emmy Nominated Television Commercial with Cindy Nelson and the Vail Valley Medical Center. He's an amazing DP and editor and I would highly recommend him to any of my future clients.
Matt is everywhere when he is on a project, he's like hiring 3 cameramen! He has an arsenal of tools capable of producing the highest quality video possible, and he knows how to use them. Once he is shooting, you don't have to worry about following up with him because you know he is going to get the shot. He is fantastic to work with, and he is willing to go to extremes in order to please the client.
Gabe & Travis
Working with Matt is easy, with little direction he can assess a situation and capture it – the sign of a professional with experience and talent. After a few shoots on an episodic series with Godu Productions, Matt brought greater value to the production levels in run and gun situations that usually take years of broadcast news experience to get down. His work ethic, his eye and the initiative he takes to get the shot are all reasons he is a "go to" guy on my speed dial.
Having Matt Ziniel on my crew for the final climactic shoot of "3 HUNGRY TEENS" was my insurance to secure the full coverage of some very important scenes with great quality cinematography. Matt is 100% reliable and 100% invested. Not only did he get everything in the can, but he also took thoughtful initiatives for additional creative takes. He is easy going and very adaptable with tons of talent. His most rare skill is his tireless drive to get more angles and more footage, shooting with the edit in mind. You cannot go wrong hiring Matt as your Director of Photography.
Documentary Filmmaker, Producer/Director of "3 HUNGRY TEENS
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