writer/cameraman

who am i and what do i do?

 
 

Dzyak*, who?

*(pronounced Dee-Zak...silent y)

Like a lot of people already in Hollywood, I have spent the better part of my life telling stories in one way or another.  Whether it was writing wild tales at school, making movies in the backyard as a kid, or working on some of the biggest feature films ever made, my life has been geared toward being active in the motion picture and television industries.

I began my career as an Editor, Videographer, and Producer at WBGU-TV27 in Ohio and have shot Top Fuel Dragsters, classical music concerts, movie premieres and just about everything in between.  As a motion-picture Camera Assistant for over a decade, my resume includes films like Titanic, Broken Arrow, Murder in the First, Star Trek Generations, and Pirates of the Caribbean to name a few.  Television credits include such popular shows as NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Star Trek Enterprise, Star Trek Voyager, Strong Medicine, The West Wing, Charmed, and Tales from the Crypt.

I've since transitioned from "production" into shooting "behind-the-scenes" that are used for marketing and promotional purposes, otherwise known as EPK (Electronic Press Kit).   Some of the bigger projects I've been a part of are the Fast & Furious and Bourne franchises and a host of others along the way.  Scroll down for more!

 
 

What i do and what i have done

A member of IATSE Local 600 Cinematographers Guild and an Associate Member of The Society of Operating Cameramen (SOC), I currently work as a freelance Cameraman based in Los Angeles and travelling around the world, primarily shooting behind-the-scenes footage and interviews for television and DVD use. 

My behind-the-scenes/marketing credits include:

  • FAST & FURIOUS 8

  • JASON BOURNE

  • HAIL CAESAR!

  • FAST & FURIOUS 7

  • THE GAMBLER

  • GRUDGE MATCH

  • FAST AND FURIOUS 6

  • THE BOURNE LEGACY

  • GI JOE: RETALIATION

  • AMERICAN REUNION

  • FAST FIVE

  • FASTER 

  • WANTED

  • WE ARE MARSHALL

  • YOU, ME & DUPREE

  • KICKING & SCREAMING

  • INCEPTION

  • BATMAN:  THE DARK KNIGHT/DARK KNIGHT RISES

  • SUNSET LIMITED

  • GLEE

...and many more!  Scroll down for the complete list...

 
Book store

My Book.  Yep!  I'm a published author too!

If you are an aspiring "filmmaker" or already in the professional industry, my book "What I Really Want to Do:  On Set in Hollywood" is full of information about working on set.  EVERY job on a typical movie set is discussed in detail explaining what everyone has done to get themselves those jobs, what they all actually do all day, and what those professionals can do to move up in the industry.

 
 

Behind-the-scenes/EPK

Everyday/Complete Projects

  • Doom Patrol - (episodic)  BTS/EPKVideographer   F55/A7S Atlanta, Georgia Warner Bros/Mob Scene

  • Peppermint - (feature)  BTS/EPKVideographer   F55/A7S                    Los Angeles         Lakeshore

  • Fast & Furious 8  - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer, First Unit  Sony F5/F55/A7S/GoPro  Havana, Cuba/Atlanta, Georgia Universal/Mob Scene

  • Hail Caesar!  - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer,  Sony F5/Canon 1DX    Los Angeles, CA    Universal/Mob Scene

  • The Last Witchhunter  - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer,  Sony F5    Pittsburgh, PA   Lions Gate/Mob Scene

  • Fast & Furious Seven Part II  - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer, First Unit    Sony F5    Atlanta, GA/Abu Dhabi, UAE/Los Angeles, CA   Universal/Mob Scene

  • The Gambler  - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer   Sony F5    Los Angeles, CA   Paramount/Hurwitz Creative

  • Fast & Furious Seven Part I  - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer, First Unit    Sony F5    Atlanta, GA   Universal/New Wave Entertainment

  • Fast & Furious Six  - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer   HD-CAM/EX3/GoPro London, UK/Glendale, CA/Los Angeles, CA   Universal/New Wave Entertainment

  • The Bourne Legacy - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer     HD-CAM/EX3/GoPro    Manila, Philippines    Universal/New Wave Entertainment

  • GI Joe 2: Retaliation - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer     HD-CAM/HDV/EX3    New Orleans, Louisiana    Paramount/New Wave Entertainment

  • American Reunion - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer     HD-CAM/HDV    Atlanta, GA    Universal/New Wave Entertainment

  • Fast Five - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Director of Photography     HD-CAM/HDV/GoPro    Rice, CA/San Juan/Naranjito, Puerto Rico/Atlanta, GA/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil    Universal/New Wave Entertainment

  • Faster - (feature)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HDCAM         Los Angeles    CBS Films/New Wave Entertainment

  • Sunset Limited - (feature)    Videographer    HD-CAM     Santa Fe, New Mexico    HBO/Twelve Tone Productions

  • State of Play  - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer     HD-CAM/HDV    Culver City, CA/Washington DC    Universal/New Wave Entertainment

  • Wanted  -  (feature),  EPK/DVD Behind-the-Scenes Field Producer/Camera   HD-CAM/HDV    Prague, Czech Republic / Chicago   Universal

  • We Are Marshall - (feature) EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes Atlanta, Georgia Warner Brothers

  • Unaccompanied Minors - (feature), EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes on location in Salt Lake City, Utah Warner Brothers

  • You, Me & Dupree - (feature), EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes HD-CAM/ HDV Hawaii / Los Angeles Universal

  • Accepted - (feature), EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes, DVD Commentary, at ComicCon 2006 Universal

  • Just My Luck - (feature), EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes on location in New Orleans, LA 20th Century Fox

  • Kicking & Screaming - (feature) DVD Behind the Scenes, Universal

  • Providence - (feature), DVD Behind the Scenes New Wave Entertainment

 

Behind-the-scenes/EPK

Partial/Dayplayer

  • Skyscraper - (feature, LA reshoot unit)  BTS/EPKVideographer   F55       Universal/Mob Scene

  • Splitting Up Together - (television episodic)  BTS/EPKVideographer   F55      Warner Bros.     ABC

  • Legion - (television episodic)  BTS/EPKVideographer   F55      The Lot, Hollywood, CA    M3

  • Ad Astra - (feature, 2nd Unit) BTS/EPKVideographer   F55, F5, A7S, GoPro, DJI Spark drone   Dumont Dunes, CA    Laurent Bouzereau | Nedland Media/Mob Scene/Twentieth Century Fox

  • Bumblebee - (feature)  BTS/EPK   F55   Los Angeles    Herzog

  • FEUD  - (episodic) BTS   Videographer   F55   Los Angeles     20th Century Fox/M3

  • MEG  - (feature) BTS/EPK interviews Videographer   F5/A7S   Hainan Bay, China   Warner Bros./Mob Scene

  • JasonBourne  - (feature, Tenerife Second Unit - Las Vegas First Unit) BTS/EPK interviews Videographer   F55/F5/A7S   Tenerife, Spain/Las Vegas, Nevada   Universal/Mob Scene

  • The Revenant  - (feature) BTS/EPK Videographer   F55/F5   Los Angeles   Twentieth Century Fox/Mob Scene

  • 13 Hours  - (feature) BTS/EPK interviews Videographer   F55/F5   Malta   Paramount/Herzog

  • Jurassic World  - (feature) EPK interviews Videographer   F5   New Orleans, LA   Universal/Trailer Park

  • Under the Dome  - (episodic) Promotional content interviews Videographer   HD-CAM Burbank, CA  Dreamworks

  • Grudge Match  - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer   HD-CAM New Orleans, Louisiana  Warner Bros./New Wave Entertainment

  • 42 - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer F3/EX3 Los Angeles, CA    Warner Bros./Narrator (nr8r)

  • The Dark Knight Rises - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer     HD-CAM   Los Angeles, CA    Warner Bros./New Wave Entertainment

  • WEEDS  - (Episodic)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM         Los Angeles    Showtime/Twelve Tone Productions

  • Californication - (Episodic)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM         Los Angeles    Showtime/Twelve Tone Productions

  • Melrose Place - (episodic)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    Digibeta         Los Angeles    Trailer Park

  • Little Fockers - (feature)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM         Los Angeles    Universal//Twelve Tone Productions

  • Inception - (feature)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM     Los Angeles, CA    Warner Bros./ New Wave Entertainment

  • Despicable Me  - (animated feature)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM     Los Angeles, CA    Marvel/M3

  • Iron Man 2  - (feature)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM     Los Angeles, CA    Marvel/M3

  • Dexter  -  (television)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM     Los Angeles, CA    Showtime/Twelve-Tone

  • Bones  -  (television)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM     Los Angeles, CA    Twelve-Tone

  • Glee  - (television)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM     Los Angeles, CA    Twelve-Tone

  • The Pacific - (television)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM     Los Angeles, CA    HBO/Twelve-Tone

  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - (episodic)  Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM     Los Angeles, CA    Paramount/Twelve-Tone

  • Extract - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    HD-CAM     Los Angeles, CA    Herzog-Cohen/Miramax

  • Land of the Lost - (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer  (dayplay)   HD-CAM     Los Angeles, CA    Universal/New Wave Entertainment

  • DOCTORS  -  (daytime television) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer     HD-CAM    Hollywood, CA    Paramount/DNA Productions

  • The Fast & the Furious 4  -  (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer     HD-CAM/HDV    Los Angeles, CA    Universal/New Wave Entertainment

  • GI Joe-  (feature) Behind-the-Scenes Videographer     HD-CAM/HDV    Downey, CA    Universal/New Wave Entertainment

  • The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor  - (feature) EPK/DVD Videographer     HD-CAM    Shanghai, China    Universal

  • Get Bruce & Lloyd  -  (DVD feature),  EPK   HD-CAM    Hollywood    Warner Bros./Trailer Park    (dayplayer)

  • Evan Almighty  - (feature),  EPK/DVD 2nd Unit Behind the Scenes Universal

  • "Nerdy White Boy"  Weird Al- (Music Video),   EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes Jive Records

  • Balls of Fury  -  (feature),   EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes Spyglass Entertainment

  • Happy Feet -  (feature),   EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes Warner Brothers

  • Knight and Day  -  (feature)    Behind-the-Scenes Videographer    EX3         Los Angeles    Twentieth Century Fox

  • Live!  - (feature)   EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes Atlas Entertainment

  • The Family Stone  -  (feature),  EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes 20th Century Fox

  • Must Love Dogs  -  (feature)  DVD Behind the Scenes,   Warner Bros.

  • In Good Company  - (feature)  DVD Interviews (Selma Blair, Topher Grace),    New Wave Entertainment

  • Constantine  -  (feature),  DVD Behind the Scenes (stunt breakdowns)   Warner Bros.

  • S.W.A.T.  -  (feature),   DVD Behind the Scenes (stunt breakdowns)   Sony Pictures

  • The Fast and the Furious - (feature)    Patterson Meadows

  • Rob Zombie's Night of a Thousand Corpses  -  (feature)    J-Nex Productions

  • M2M  -  Pokemon music video    Atlantic/Telefilm

  • The Dr. Phil Show -  (talk show),   Behind the ScenesParamount/JNEX Media .... 2003, '04, '06

  • W5 (ER behind the scenes)  CTV Television Network

  • "Caught Up" ...Usher  -  (music video)  DVD Behind the Scenes,    Jive Records

 

 
 Various Programs/Productions  Twiggy London! - (interstitials) Director of Photography/Steadicam Operator XD-CAM HD London, UK Home Shopping Network  Enough Rope with Andrew Denton: The Changeling interview with Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie- (television) Camera Operator Beverly Hills, CA ABC  Ron Howard Tribute(television special) - Videographer HD-CAM Los Angeles, CA Universal/New Wave Entertainment  Roadkilled and Still Running, Running Oregon's Hood To Coast Relay- (documentary) Camera Operator HD-CAM Portland, Oregon Film For Thought, Inc.  Art Attack - (television) DP/Steadicam The Norton Simon Museum and LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) HD-CAM Los Angeles, CA Atlas Media/The Travel Channel  ComicCon 2008- (television) Videographer San Diego Convention CenterHD-CAM Los Angeles, CA Lion's Gate/Showtime/Cinemax  The Spirit of Dubai- (European/Middle East promotional tour), DP/Steadicam OperatorHD-CAM Nakheel Tour Schedule Fall/Winter 2006 through January/February/March 2007: London, Dover, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Venice, Pisa, Rome, Athens, Dubai. Fourth Wall Entertainment  "60 Minutes Australia" Billy Crystal interview - (news magazine) 60 Minutes Australia/David Lee  Dane Cook's Tourgasm - (television), EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes HBO  Houdini - (documentary) High Definition (Sony F900) on location in Las Vegas, NVThe History Channel  Hot Spot - (reality), TNT  Letters - Interviews/Segments, A&E Network  The Worst Case Scenario: Face Off Challenges- (reality show) TNT Network  2001 Jaguar Line - (running footage) Keen Eye Productions  Jamaican Tourist Board Wedding project - JTM/J-Nex Productions  The Doug Mulray Show - (recorded program segments) Damn Fine Productions, Australia  Seagate Internal Promotions- (recorded segments) Seagate Corp. / View Point Productions  Mary J Blige - (interstitials) Steadicam Operator XD-CAM HD NYC, NY Home Shopping Network  HSN Style with Elle Magazine- (interstitials) Videographer XD-CAM HD NYC, NY Home Shopping Network  TOVA Skin Secrets- (make-over demos.) TOVA, Beverly Hills  Various Network Programming- (live and taped program segments) QVC Network  Nestle- (Market Promotion) Steadicam Operator Pasadena, CA JNEX Media  Panic Room Special: Tonight - (news magazine) Granada  20th Century Fox Retrospective - FOX England  Warriors of Virtue- (creature test trailer) Alterian Studios  Sleepy Head- (music video) Darcy's Kiss  Grand Opening Disney's California Adventure - Disney, Anaheim  Gallagher in Concert- Steven Reynolds Prods., Redondo Beach  Various NHRA, NASCAR, Atlantic Series, Motorcycle Grand Prix - (live & tape broadcasts) Diamond P Sports / TNN/ FAST/Prime Ticket  Invader- (motion-picture feature) James Glennon, DP Alterian Studios  Suspect- (35mm motion-picture short, Panavision) Matt Jenson, DP Graphic Nature LTD  Talk 2/Upclose- (live broadcast) ESPN 2  Amish Cooking/Heartland Cooking- PBS / WBGU-TV  Mid American Conference Basketball- (live broadcast) WBGU-TV1990-1991  Various Broadcast & In-house productions- Videographer / Editor WBGU-TV27, Bowling Green, Ohio  Kissing Judas - (motion-picture feature) Director of Photography, Recidivism Pictures  .

Various Programs/Productions

Twiggy London! - (interstitials) Director of Photography/Steadicam Operator XD-CAM HD London, UK Home Shopping Network

Enough Rope with Andrew Denton: The Changeling interview with Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie- (television) Camera Operator Beverly Hills, CA ABC

Ron Howard Tribute(television special) - Videographer HD-CAM Los Angeles, CA Universal/New Wave Entertainment

Roadkilled and Still Running, Running Oregon's Hood To Coast Relay- (documentary) Camera Operator HD-CAM Portland, Oregon Film For Thought, Inc.

Art Attack - (television) DP/Steadicam The Norton Simon Museum and LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) HD-CAM Los Angeles, CA Atlas Media/The Travel Channel

ComicCon 2008- (television) Videographer San Diego Convention CenterHD-CAM Los Angeles, CA Lion's Gate/Showtime/Cinemax

The Spirit of Dubai- (European/Middle East promotional tour), DP/Steadicam OperatorHD-CAM Nakheel Tour Schedule Fall/Winter 2006 through January/February/March 2007: London, Dover, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Venice, Pisa, Rome, Athens, Dubai. Fourth Wall Entertainment

"60 Minutes Australia" Billy Crystal interview - (news magazine) 60 Minutes Australia/David Lee

Dane Cook's Tourgasm - (television), EPK/DVD Behind the Scenes HBO

Houdini - (documentary) High Definition (Sony F900) on location in Las Vegas, NVThe History Channel

Hot Spot - (reality), TNT

Letters - Interviews/Segments, A&E Network

The Worst Case Scenario: Face Off Challenges- (reality show) TNT Network

2001 Jaguar Line - (running footage) Keen Eye Productions

Jamaican Tourist Board Wedding project - JTM/J-Nex Productions

The Doug Mulray Show - (recorded program segments) Damn Fine Productions, Australia

Seagate Internal Promotions- (recorded segments) Seagate Corp. / View Point Productions

Mary J Blige - (interstitials) Steadicam Operator XD-CAM HD NYC, NY Home Shopping Network

HSN Style with Elle Magazine- (interstitials) Videographer XD-CAM HD NYC, NY Home Shopping Network

TOVA Skin Secrets- (make-over demos.) TOVA, Beverly Hills

Various Network Programming- (live and taped program segments) QVC Network

Nestle- (Market Promotion) Steadicam Operator Pasadena, CA JNEX Media

Panic Room Special: Tonight - (news magazine) Granada

20th Century Fox Retrospective - FOX England

Warriors of Virtue- (creature test trailer) Alterian Studios

Sleepy Head- (music video) Darcy's Kiss

Grand Opening Disney's California Adventure - Disney, Anaheim

Gallagher in Concert- Steven Reynolds Prods., Redondo Beach

Various NHRA, NASCAR, Atlantic Series, Motorcycle Grand Prix - (live & tape broadcasts) Diamond P Sports / TNN/ FAST/Prime Ticket

Invader- (motion-picture feature) James Glennon, DP Alterian Studios

Suspect- (35mm motion-picture short, Panavision) Matt Jenson, DP Graphic Nature LTD

Talk 2/Upclose- (live broadcast) ESPN 2

Amish Cooking/Heartland Cooking- PBS / WBGU-TV

Mid American Conference Basketball- (live broadcast) WBGU-TV1990-1991

Various Broadcast & In-house productions- Videographer / Editor WBGU-TV27, Bowling Green, Ohio

Kissing Judas - (motion-picture feature) Director of Photography, Recidivism Pictures

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