Ed Gutentag / Cinematographer
Originally from the East Coast, Ed Gutentag started his career at the age of six, experimenting with his dad’s 8mm movie camera, which turned into a love of Cinematography and movies.
Ed’s professional career path after photography school started in New York City at the age of 19, working for a very prominent advertising still photographer George M. Cochran. After a 3-½ year stint in still photography, Ed started to work at a lighting and grip rental facility in NYC called Feature Systems. Ed’s time at Feature Systems led to a managerial position at the young age of 25. He supervised the loading and filling of orders on lighting and grip trucks for TV Commercials that were shot in the NY/NJ Metro area.
While at Feature Systems, Ed studied the many film cameras out there, so he could pass his Union test and gain membership into the prestigious IATSE camera local in NYC.
After passing his union test Ed left immediately on an 8 month around-the-world movie, the Godfrey Reggio-directed “Powaqqatsi”. This experience would become a lifechanging event, shooting in over 15 countries.
After moving to Topanga, California in 1988 (where he still resides) Ed has moved through the ranks from Film Loader to Cinematographer, having worked every position in between. Ed has worked on more than 100 feature films and hundreds of commercials and music videos. He has been fortunate to work with some of the most talented and Oscar winning above and below the line talent in the industry; Steven Spielberg (War of The Worlds), James Cameron (True Lies and Titanic), Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and Michael Mann (Collateral and Heat). In addition to working in mainstream Hollywood, Ed has also done many documentaries.
Recently Ed had one of the most incredible experiences of his life, traveling to Dharamshala, India to shoot a project for Prince Charles of England with His Holiness The Dalai Lama.