The Discovery Channel
National Geographic
Spike TV


The Getty Foundation
The Teaching Channel
The Hewlett Foundation
The Wildlands Conservancy
The Walt Disney Family Museum
The George Lucas Educational Foundation


Johnson & Johnson
The New Yorker
LG Electronics
Spyder Ski Clothing

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Zachary is a San Francisco based cinematographer, director, and producer.

His most recent project, The Ride of Their Lives is directed by Steve James and is featured in Amazon Studio's new documentary series, The New Yorker Presents. It premiered at Sundance in 2016.

Zachary is a 2015/2016 resident of San Francisco's Film Society's FilmHouse Program where, together with Alyssa Fedele, he is currently producing and directing a feature length documentary about the rescue and rehabilitation of child slaves in Ghana.

He has produced and directed projects for The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, SpikeTV, and for the Harvard Film Study Center. He has also shot for HBO, PBS, MTV, and numerous independent films. During his tenure as the Director of Video for the George Lucas Educational Foundation, he cinematically rebranded the short documentary films at the center of the foundation's website, His award-winning documentaries about the most successful and innovative schools in America continue to reach an audience of over 500,000 people every month.


His masters degree in cultural anthropology gives him a unique ability to understand and connect with diverse audiences and communities. And his experience directing large teams while managing extensive projects means that he always has the big picture in mind.

Whether he’s hanging out of a helicopter over the Pacific ocean, trekking with a caving team through a Mexican cloud forest, bunking with tuna fishermen on a commercial longliner, or tracking reindeer migration with indigenous Arctic herdsmen, Zachary follows the story, manages ever-changing logistics, crafts beautiful images, and makes friends along the way.

Through it all, he sees story and structure, breaking complex narratives down to manageable production schedules, clear interview questions, succinct sound bites, and beautiful imagery. The results are compelling human stories told in the most delightful way.


My equipment is available to rent on all productions
Please email or call me for rates and availability


Camera Package

TWO Sony PXW-FS7 Packages
Metabones Canon EF Speedbooster
V-Lock batteries and charger

XDCA-FS7 Extension Unit for FS7
Enables 12-bit 4K/2K RAW Data Output
Built-In 1080p ProRes 422 Encoder

SmallHD 502
5" Monitor

SmallHD 702
7" Monitor

Teradek Bolt Pro 300
Wireless video monitoring

Sony A7SII
Low light monster


Zeiss 21mm f2.8 Milvus
Zeiss 35mm f2.0 Milvus
Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Milvus
Zeiss 100mm macro f2.0 Milvus
Tamaron 15-30 f2.8 IS
Sigma 24 - 105 IS f4
Canon 70 - 200 IS II f2.8

Camera Support

Sachtler Carbon 100mm Tripod
Sachtler FSB8T Fluid head

Miller Solo Tripod

Kessler Pocket Jib
8 foot reach

13 feet of straight track
15 feet of 90 degree curved track

Aerial Drone

DJI Phantom 4 PRO
4k RC aerial goodness

Sound Package

Lectrosonics SRB
Dual channel wireless receiver

Lectrosonics SMQV
(2) Wireless bodypack transmitters

Wireless Lavs
(2) Countryman B6, (1) Sanken COS-11

Sennheiser 416 and K-Tek Boompole
Shotgun mic

Sony Wireless Transceiver Package

Lighting Package

K5600 Joker 800
HMI Par Light
54" softbox

Litepanels Astra 1x1
Daylight 4x Power

Arrilite 750 Plus

Lowell Tungsten Lights
Tota and Porta lights

Switronix TorchLED Bolt
(3) Bi-Color LED lights


Light stands
4x4 Chimera w/ silks and solids
8x8 Chimera w/ silks and solids
Road Rags
Matthews Flags
Manfrotto Magic Arm
Bounce cards
Various clamps

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Get in touch

I work as a freelancer and a collaborator and I'd love to chat about your project.

Drop me a note using the form below, email me at
or give me a ring at 415-413-8229

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