About


Zachary Cole: Photographer and Filmmaker
In 2001, after graduating from Clemson University in South Carolina, I moved to Marin County, California, where I joined Industrial Light & Magic as a digital artist. There, I worked on numerous Academy Award-nominated films, including the recent Academy Award-winning Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. After leaving ILM to explore more creative roles, I shot and edited several instructional videos for On The Flight Line Productions. I recently co-produced and edited the documentary titled Burn on The Bayou, which is a story of volunteers working in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. I am currently putting the finishing touches on a screenplay for “The Ranch”, developing another documentary, and working on “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” at Weta Digital. I also really enjoy traveling and photography, and this website is the melding of those two passions. I may also throw in some software stuff and film related posts about what I’m currently working on from time to time.


Izze: Activities Director.
Izze likes long walks in the vineyard and at the beach. She loves the water and will swim and jump and splash as much as she can. She insists on belly rubs frequently and is in charge of chasing squirrels and barking at neighbors.



Dusty: Assistant Editor.
Dusty likes to eat. I can’t think of anything he has refused to eat. He is in charge of dog bones and stuffed toys. The more he can fit in his mouth the better. He doesn’t really like lakes, although he can tolerate playing in the river. He gets tired very quickly, so he spends a lot of time sleeping.

One Response to About

  1. Umar Agha says:

    Hi Zach,

    Really loved your comp reel — you’re obviously very talented and I’d love to have you on a small “dream team” I’m putting together for a trailer pitch for studio execs. This will actually be Pakistan’s first stereo 3D film (I’m from Pakistan but studied film at Columbia in New York — and, as you may know, Pakistan is misunderstood and of intense international interest). What I’m producing using my own savings right now is a teaser-trailer for the actual feature.

    BTW, when I say “dream team” — I just mean 4-5 people working at top companies who take out some time each week to do some freelance work. Everyone is spread across the globe. For FX, we have Hristo and some of his team (http://vimeo.com/101531023). M Marri (a friend and fellow Pakistani) will be looking after models/texturing/etc (http://www.m-marri.com/). We need a really good compositor. Let me know if interested. Since everyone has busy schedules and I have a limited budget, we’re making it a point to just do a few shots — but to do them really well! The entire teaser will be under 2mins and the actual time of footage requiring compositing will not be more than a minute.

    The timeline is very generous — the teaser doesn’t have to be ready till end April.

    Let me know what you think, and keep up the awesome work! Interesting blog BTW!

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