Citizenship: UK and Canadian
From an early age, Al has been involved in the film and video industry. Starting as a production assistant on locally filmed projects, he worked his way up Studio management, casting director and Producer/Production Manager.
Establishing his first production company, “capital Z productions”, Al worked out of Vancouver and New York, shooting and directing music videos for many recording artists. As technology advanced, so did Al, branching out from video and music production, to Photography, Web and Graphic Design.
Al’s next endeavor was as part of the executive team at Shoreline Studios. Tapping into his technical background, Al converted the studio into Canada’s first all digital casting facility, with a network based workflow and web streaming auditions. As part of the studio, Al worked on hundreds of productions, ranging from Commercials to TV and major Motion Pictures, before branching out and becoming a Casting Director in his own right. Al has made his mark casting national and international commercials, as well as casting for Features, MOWs and Short Films.
In 2002 and 2004, Al added Academy Awards to his list of credits. He had the honour of being part of the Oscar® winning make up effects team, designing and hand painting all of the special effects contact lenses used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
In 2005, Al made the transition down to Hollywood, working with executives of Twentieth Century Fox Features and Nickeloden Television; setting up and training them on propriety software.
Back in Canada, Al utilized his keen business and organizational skills as a Production Manager, working on numerous award winning commercials and national campaigns.
The past few years have seen Al go back to his creative roots as a camera operator / DP, shooting various Broadcast and Non-Broadcast projects and also as an Editor and Fixer.
Specialties: Production and Post Production & Motion Graphics
Name: Al de Zilva
Lives in: Vancouver, Canada
Company: ZEDD Media
Occupation: Cinematographer, Director of Photography, Editor, Motion Graphic Design, Videographer and Visual Effects Artist
Bessie Craft Award - Canadian Direct Insurance (Casting)
Bessie Award - Canadian Direct Insurance (Production)
Bessie Craft Award - BC Lion's (Casting)