We had the good fortune of connecting with Zac Caputo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zac, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
For me, the thought process was simple. My two business partners, Mitchell Westerman and Cody Mitchell, had already formed the LLC in Austin, TX where Cody and I grew up together. I was in Los Angeles at the time, working for one of the larger talent agencies. My father had just passed away, and besides that I had been feeling largely unsatisfied in my career for some time. Cody, Mick and I had talked at length about starting our own company, but it had always felt like a “what if”. I think leaving my career in LA had a lot to do with the memory of my dad — he had run his own commercial photography business for decades, and despite the curveballs and struggles that come with being a self-employed small business owner, his work was always for something with his own name on it, and he loved that. That’s what I wanted, and in addition to that, I wanted the opportunity to be a storyteller again. So I left LA, and my partners left Austin, and we met in Denver. Since then, I haven’t looked back.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
One of the biggest things that sets us apart from others in our field is the size of our team. Operating with only four people, and people that we know extremely well, really enables us to work intuitively, efficiently, and with a level of care and attention to detail that we are extremely proud of. We take an immense amount of pride in nurturing a project at every step of the creative process, and we relish the opportunity to help tell any story that comes our way. I think one of, if not the most difficult times we have faced as a company was 2020, but we’ve come out the other side with a fresh, determined mindset and a larger appetite for work. If there’s one thing that we would want the world to know about us, it’s that we genuinely care about what we do and absolutely love it — filmmaking isn’t work for us, it’s a chance to tell stories that are begging to be told, and as storytellers we want nothing more than to bring those stories into the world.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Honestly, I can’t think of anyone more deserving than my parents. When my father was alive, he worked tirelessly for his self-started commercial photography company to make ends meet for our family. I’ve never seen a man work as hard, but also love what he does as much as my dad did. It wasn’t necessarily work for him, because he really, truly, loved photography. He passed before he got to see me start my own company, but since then my mom has supported me more than I thought anyone ever could, in all of my endeavors. She deserves a lot of credit for helping me through problems, workshopping ideas, and being an endless wealth of strength and support since the inception of my company.
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