I just purchased the Zaxcom ENG wireless system for sending broadcast quality sound and frame accurate timecode to camera. The audio signal is encrypted to ensure secure transmission of the signal for productions where security or secrecy are essential. On productions where time is of the essence, the high-quality signal sent from the sound mixer to the camera can allow syncing in post-production to be skipped. This can be essential in broadcast news and streaming applications. On narrative projects, the director and producers can review sound quality and performance on set during video playback. This can provide the production with confidence that a scene is, “in the can”, thereby avoiding expensive and risky ADR. The units are the Zaxcom TRX900s and RX900. I’m looking forward to using these units in the field in 2015 and beyond. (Photos by Travis Jordan).
Over the winter, I’ve added some interesting new items to my gear inventory. These include a Canon 7D Mark II, a Canon 24-105 f/4L lens, a Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 Art lens, and Rokinon 8mm t/3.1, Rokinon 16mm f/2, Rokinon 24mm f/1.4, Rokinon 35 f/1.4, and a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4. I also picked up a Merlin II Steadicam and a car mount and cage for my BMPCC.
In the sound department, I added a 3rd Sennheiser G3 transmitter/receiver and a Sennheiser MKE 2 Gold Series lav mic. I also added a Remote Audio breakout cable for sending sound and time code to high-end cinema and ENG type cameras. Here is a fairly complete list of the gear I have available at Kleven Creative Services. Please inquire re. current day rates and kit fee. Available for Cinematography, Sound Mixing and hybrid projects.
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Gear Inventory 02/24/2015
Canon 7D Mark II
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Canon 24-105mm f/4L
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art
Canon 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 STM
Canon 18-135mm 3.5-5.6
Canon 28mm f/1.8
Canon 50mm f/1.4
Canon 85mm f/1.8
Rokinon 8mm t/3.1
Rokinon 16mm f/2.0
Rokinon 24mm f/1.4
Rokinon 35mm f/1.4
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 M43
Panasonic 14-45mm 3.5-5.6 M43
RJ Speed Booster For Canon EF to M43
FotodioX Vizelex ND Throttle Adapter for Canon EF to M43
Sound Devices 633 Mixer/Recorder
Rode NTG3 Shotgun
Audix SCX/HC1 (interior boom mic)
AKG Large Diaphragm Studio Mic
Electrovoice RE/50B handheld reporter mic
Sennheiser G3 transmitter/receiver (A band)
Sennheiser G3 transmitter/receiver (B band)
Sennheiser G3 transmitter/receiver (G band)
Sennheiser MKE 2 Gold Series Lav Mic
Voice technologies VT500 Lavalier Mic
Countryman B3 Lav Mic
Countryman EMW Lav Mic (XLR Type)
Gitzo 9′ Carbon Fiber Boom Pole
Rode 11′ Aluminum Boom Pole
Rode Wind Blimp
Rode Dead Cat
Remote Audio Breakout Cable with Timecode
Lemo 5 Pin to Lemo 4 Pin Timecode Cable
Lemo 5 Pin to Lemo 5 Pin Timecode Cable
Lemo 5 Pin to BNC Timecode Cable
Filmtools Deluxe Slate
ARRI 650 with Softbox
Mole Richardson 2K Super Softlite
Ephoto 640 LED Ringlight (Daylight, high CRI rating “95”)
YN600 LED (Daylight, Battery)
Ephoto 320 LED (Daylight and Tungsten, Battery)
Fancier 500 LED (Daylight)
3x Impact C Stands
Matthews Combo Stand 11′
Macbook Air 2014
Zacuto Z-Finder EVFMerlin II Steadicam
Merlin II Steadicam
Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 Fluid Head Monopod
Indisystem Ultra Compact Shoulder Rig
StudioFX 48” Camera Slider
Varavon Armor Cage for BMPCC (w/ high capacity battery, 6 hours)
Gripper 3025 – 6″ Suction / Vacuum Cup Car Camera Mount
Earlier this Spring actress and model Melinda Raebyne contacted me about doing a photo shoot paying homage to the movie icon Marilyn Monroe to enhance our mutual portfolios. I’ve been trying to decide when I should share some of these creative images with the world. Then I recalled that one of our images might be especially meaningful to veterans and their families. This photograph was created at my home studio in Bothell Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Be on the lookout of more from this shoot here.
Melinda is currently seeking new projects as an actress. You can contact her through me if you like. She is great to work with and a true creative force.
Michael is currently seeking new photo projects for weddings, events, portraits and portfolios. He also is a freelance filmmaker producing projects for business and the arts. On set he works as a director, cinematographer and production sound mixer.
Contact me at 206-307-7588 or Mikekleven@gmail.com
Hello everyone. I’ve just created a new sound reel. Often producers request to see samples of my sound work. So I’ll go online, collect links and send them off. After another recent request I felt inspired to collect some recent samples of my work and cut them into a promotional video reel. Although we are all impressed with the stunning visuals, try watching them without the sound! I’ve been really excited to be doing more audio work in the past 12 months. Exciting projects have included Love in the Year 2000, The Painted Mara, f5 Lasercats, TEKsystems Thrift Shop parody and most recently A Damn Dirty Night. Next week I’m off to Roslyn Washington to record sound for Frink.
As the sound picked up I added a Tascam DR-680. My Zoom H4N is now there as a backup. I purchased the superior Rode NTG3 shotgun to my kit alongside my Rode NTG2. To me 9 foot carbon fiber boom pole I’ve added a 12 foot aluminum pole. The short one I use for indoors and the long one for out. I also purchased a windjammer and blimp for recording audio in high wind situations and a Petrol sound bag.
So this week added wireless. I pulled the trigger on the Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 Wireless Deluxe Kit which includes the Voice Technologies VT500 Lavalier Microphone, Electro Voice RE50/B Omni-Directional Handheld Mic and the plug in transmitter for handheld mic or transmission from a sound board.
This reel includes clips from Causality, f5 Lasercats, Love in the Year 2000 , The Painted Mara and TEKsystems Thrift Shop. Although I am certainly available as a production sound mixer and boom operator I am still active and working as a director, editor, cinematographer and photographer. All creative and professional inquiries are welcome!
Update: Feb 24- Brooks PR High School Invite Track Meet
Two weeks ago I was running camera at the Dempsey Indoor facility for the Huskey Indoor Classic. This weekend I continue the adventure for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor Track and Field meet. The long shifts behind the camera are grueling. But the excitement of helping cover these talented young athletes is exhilarating. Some of the most talented in the country.
I’ve included some images from the event, taken with my iPhone 5 and edited with the Camera Awesome App from Smug Mug. Enjoy!
My new friend Scott setting up one of the additional cameras.
My professional Sony camcorder for streaming.
Some if the amazing athletes at the Dempsey. From one of the last races of the day. The Mixed Distance Relay.
Here is a link to find out more about the race. Or potentially view it live on Feb 23th. On Feb 24th I will also be helping stream the Brooks Invitational featuring some of the best High School track athletes in the Nation. Live video stream at and archives from Flotrack.
The project was set up by the folks at Northwest Audio Visual Productions out of Portland Oregon. You can like there Facebook page here. I took a few more fun photos. I have to get up early for day two on Saturday. But come back soon. They will be here.
Contact Michael Kleven if you need a camera operator, sound recordist or photographer. Mikekleven@gmail.com
I love the work I do!
On the second day of my December journey to my parent’s home on Anchorage, I borrowed the truck and trekked South onto the windy roads which snake into the Chugach Mountains South of town. The low slung mountains, once a haven for miners seeking gold, offer wide vistas from which to capture images of the Cook Inlet, Anchorage, The Alaska Range to the North and the valleys and ridges of the Chugachs. Here is a set of HDR images from that trek. They are available to purchase and enjoy from my sister website at Photoshelter.
All photos were taken with the Canon 7D and processed in Lightroom and Photoshop. Contact me for custom cropping of the images. I am also available for weddings, portraits and events. Contact Michael Kleven at 206-307-7588
I am really excited that McMenamins is renovating the historic Anderson School in downtown Bothell. My home town Bothell is about equal distances from Seattle, Bellevue and Everett. This will be great news for the economy and culture of Bothell and the nearby region but also for lovers of good beer and the off beat atmosphere that McMenamins is famous for. The new facility will bring a hotel, restaurant, spa, live music venue and a stage for theater and off beat films. It seems already that they are trying to reach out to the local community with a contract entitling local residents to 15 years free use of the pool and other community spaces. I’ve been to their venue in Centralia and it was truly a great time. Reminds me of the Beer Tooth Cinema in Anchorage. But maybe a whole lot more!
As a filmmaker, it would be great if there were some way that some of the spaces could be used for filmmaking. Maybe even as a production sound stage. I imagine the old gym might be perfect for something like that. That is something the film industry in the Seattle area really needs. I’ll be happy to have a place near my home, to watch a film or concert, grab a beer or a meal and hang out with friends.
For photography I can imagine the space being perfect for weddings and community events. I’ll look forward to the opportunity to document some of those events. It will be exciting to see what comes!
Bothell and surrounding communities benefit from their nearness to the urban hubs of the Puget Sound region. On the other hand we benefit from a lovely landscape, quiet nights, nearness to Lake Washington, forests, parks, and regional recreational assets such as the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River trails. I started my life here and began my education at local schools. I’m happy now to be producing video and practicing my craft as a photographer in the local community. I think what I like best is the opportunity to recharge after adventures in the city or in the nearby wilds.
If you need video production services for your business or corporation or photography services for your wedding or family please get in touch. Samples, references and a quick quote are always available.
From the McMenamins website: “The first McMenamins pub opened in 1983 in Portland, Oregon, followed two years later by the first McMenamins brewery in the same city. Now, we proudly own and operate more than 50 popular establishments throughout Oregon and Washington. Customers return to our pubs, breweries, hotels and movie theaters because they trust the quality of our food and beverages, and because they know “McMenamins” means have fun in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Children are always welcome when accompanied by their parents in our pubs, which are almost exclusively non-smoking establishments.
An appreciated signature of the McMenamin brothers is their incorporation of their love for historic buildings and artwork in many of their establishments. Several of the McMenamins’ businesses are long-storied structures honored by their inclusion on the National Historic Register. Each pub, whether historic or not, displays outstanding paintings on ceilings, doors and walls, as well as offering other visual surprises.”
I’m on the plane preparing to depart Ted Stevens Airport in Anchorage for my flight home to Seattle. Anchorage is a hotbed for film and culture. Or is at least well on it’s way. The folks in the Alaska film office are really friendly. I registered with them as a director, sound and camera guy. Sometimes in helps to have parents on Alaska. But heck, I sure miss them most of the year. I’m hoping my networking efforts will lead to work in the growing production industry in Alaska and throughout the Pacific Northwest.
I also enjoyed the lively theater in Anchorage. In particular off Broadway hit “Freud’s Last Session” at Cyreno‘s Off Center Playhouse in Downtown Anchorage. Me, my brother Wayne and niece Carmie all took in a day of skiing at the municipal ski area “Hilltop”. The slopes were mostly gentle which suited us just fine. It was the first time on a lift for Wayne and Carmie and my first time since 1985. At the end of the day we were all swooshing down the slopes like pros.
I really enjoyed the photo ops in the Chugiak Mountains near my parent’s home, at Hatcher Pass and on the frozen lakes. Hopefully I will have some more of those to share with you here soon.
As always Alaska, you offer so much and always leave me wanting more.
Hello friends. I’m trying out this new WordPress App on my new iPhone 5. I’m hoping that this makes it easier to blog while I am out and about, which is most of the time.
This is my brother Wayne Kleven at his office. He works as a manager at a Native owned fuel supply company, Northstar Gas.He’s been doing a great job helping keep costs down and quality supplies available year round. I’m so glad to see him doing something he enjoys.
This is my nephew Joren goofing around on Christmas Day. He’s a great kid and I love him a lot.
I pulled off the side of the road in Palmer Alaska to take in some of the amazing scenery. The Alaskan sun in December stays near the horizon all day long. This makes for some dramatic light and photo imaging opportunities.
This post is a test of both the WordPress iPhone App and the iPhone 5 photos on the blog. As you may know I work professionally with the Canon 7D and other higher end cameras. But since I’m on vacation now I will be interested in looking at these results. Hope you enjoy. Happy 2013! Let me know if you need wedding or portrait photography, or video services for business or production camera or sound services for film?
Michael-Peter Kleven (filmmaker and photographer)
Hello friends. As I write this I am happily tucked into my parents cozy home in Anchorage Alaska. I was just up in the Chugiak Mountains near here taking in the lovely views of tiny Downtown Anchorage in the distance and the surrounding Cook Inlet. I hope to have some photos to share with you from this trip soon.
But the reason I’m writing today is about the upcoming free filmmaking and editing course at creativeLIVE. I’ve thrown my hat into the ring for the opportunity to be an in-studio student for the course January 14th, 15th and 16th 2013. The course will be taught by Jeff Medford and Ross Hockrow. Based on there popular CineStories trainings, the focus will be on narrative storytelling for live events and commercials. The course will stream free online. Please view and like my submission video and join me for this exciting course on the 14th.
I’ve enjoyed a number of the courses put on by creativeLIVE in the last several years. In particular the opportunity to be a student of Gale Tattersall, Lesa Snider and Skip Cohen. They provide an amazing service to the community of media content creators. You might enjoy this recent podcast from the folks at This Week in Photography where talk with creativeLIVE co-founder Chase Jarvis about the history and future of creativeLIVE.
The Art of Filmmaking and Editing Course webpage