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Gale Tattersall creativeLIVE HDDSLR Workshop Photos

In 2008 Canon released the Canon EOS 5D and shortly after the Canon EOS 7D. Little did they know that these high end photography cameras would shake up the world of indie filmmaking, documentary journalism and television production. The cameras had originally been designed so that photojournalists would have the option of shooting some video while they were on location shooting stills. With sensors as large or larger then 35mm film and a vast array of high quality and low cost lenses available these cameras have quickly become very popular for creative applications. A typically “cinema camera before costs anywhere from to $35,000 and $200,000 or more. These cameras cost anywhere from $800 to $2,500 depending on the make and model. Gale Tattersall the Cinematographer of HOUSE MD and FROM EARTH to the Moon, gave a presentation on the foundation of filmmaking with these cameras at the creativeLIVE studios in Seattle on July 8th, 9th and 10th of 2011. I was fortunate enough to be one 6 students with a “golden ticket”. Please enjoy these behind the scenes and instructional photos. I think Gale can help people like me take our Cinematography to the next level.

Workshop Behind the Scene and Educational Photos Day 1
Some of the topics covered included proper camera settings for filmmaking, camera rigs including proper use of fluid head, sliders, follow focus and the glidecam. Gale described some of the complexity that went into the shooting of the season 6 finale to HOUSE “Help Me” with the 5D. Later we applied our skills with the new gear following some talented swing dancers. Please click on the image to see other photos. A full screen option is available on the lower right side of the frame.

Gale Tattersall @ creativeLIVE Day 1 – Images by Michael Kleven

Workshop Behind the Scene and Educational Photos Day 2
On day 2 we got a proper introduction to lighting units and some experience lighting a Psychiatrists office in both night day and nighttime settings. Later we discussed shot selection and creative options using shallow depth of flied and camera movement to capture the complexity of a scene and to enhance it’s dramatic impact. Shooting for the edit was discussed as well. Please click on the image to see other photos from day 1. Full screen option is available in the lower right hand corner.


Gale Tattersall @ creativeLIVE Day 2 – Images by Michael Kleven
Workshop Behind the Scene and Educational Photos Day 3
Day 3 was much more hands on for me and my classmates. We discussed a number of interesting low cost lighting options for indie filmmakers. Some of which can be made at home with common materials purchased at a local hardware store. We filmed a good cop, bad cop interrogation scene and discussed ways to maintain a high level of craft and artistic integrity even when budgets are small. Gale entertained everyone with the complexity of lighting a bull ride for House at an indoor rodeo at 1600 frames per second. Gale is a very classy gentleman and a committed educator. He and his assistants Steve and Jason really brought it. The folks at creativeLIVE were super fun to work with and made sure we all had a good time while learning a bunch. They offer live feeds of their classes for free. In these days of rising education prices you can’t beet them apples. I hope to work with them more in the future.


Here is the link to the course from Gale on HDDSLR on the creativeLIVE website. They list more about the course their and information about gear used and other resources. If you have a chance check out the rest of my website. I make my living with wedding, event and portrait photography, wedding and event films. I produce commercials for small business‘ and non profits. On the creative side I am available to filmmakers as a Cinematographer, Director, Producer, AD, Production Manager or Boom Pole/Sound Recordist. Keep me busy. I love to stay busy! I am currently helping complete a short film called Reminisce. Future projects include a documentary film about an Eskimo Artist Neva Rivers and a family drama called GI Joseph and Mary.

Link to HDDSLR course information at creativeLIVE
http://www.creativelive.com/courses/hddslr-filmmaking-gale-tattersall

Master Class with Gale Tattersall

Thanks to some help  from my friends at Bellevue College I have the privilege of being one of 6 students for the live webcast of Gale Tattersall’s master class on DSLR Cinematography this weekend at creativeLIVE studios on Seattle. If you don’t know him already Gale is the Cinematographer on the hit television series HOUSE MD. Last year he helped shake up the world of network television. The season finale for “House” was shot entirely on the Canon DLSR’s. This award winning episode was noted for it’s outstanding camera work and cinema like imagery. All this on cameras that cost less then $3,500.

At a recent meeting of the Bellevue Film Society we were making plans for the shooting of our short film REMINISCE. After the meeting a few of us got together to shoot a short promo video for creativeLIVE so that I could be in the running to be a student of Gale’s. My video was selected! I’ll be joining 5 other students starting Friday to learn directly from one of Hollywood’s master cinematographers. The class will be available for live streaming from creativeLIVE.COM and later made for sale as a DVD. Check out the videos below. The 1st has some information from Gale about this weeks class. The 2nd one is my winning entry.

 

July 4th Fireworks from Log Boom Park

I am living now in my new/old home town region Bothell/Kenmore. This is where I was brought home from the hospital after my birth and where I started elementary school. I finished elementary school in Bellingham. Later I graduated from Whatcom Middle School, Bellingham High and WWU/Fairhaven College. As an adult I have also lived in Seattle, Lakewood, Bremerton & Auburn. Now the long and winding road has taken me home to the Bothell/Kenmore area. Here as a kid me and my friends would hike up Swamp Creek, sell apples to earn money for the Canyon Creek Trout Farm and some adventures I just can’t mention here. Last night with my brother Tyler from Colorado and my niece Carmie from Alaska I enjoyed the fireworks at Logboom Park in Bothell. I brought my HD camera along and recorded some raw HD video. So for a patriotic flashback to July 4th 2011 please enjoy!

Making a Music Video: Ending to Dhoom!

This is Michael Kleven’s 1st music video. Ending to Dhoom is now available for viewing on both Youtube and Vimeo. The project was a collaboration between me and James Whetzel the lead singer of Seattle indie rock band Das Dhoom. James also appears in the video as “the boyfriend” and again singing and playing the traditional Indian instrument the sarod. Deepayin Archarjya appears in the video playsing the dhol and Sebastian Lange is seen in the video performing on the violin.

This work would not have been possible if not for the creative contribution of members of Seattle’s indie film, fashion, dance and photography communities. The video was shot primarily on the Canon EOS 7D. Leave it to say that I love that camera. My editor Sanjeev Tandle provided some interesting effects to the footage and some interesting creative choices, influenced no doubt by his experience working on Bollywood features. Lead actress Ronee Collins is a veteran of Northwest stages and Indie films including my award winning film MARCELL. The “other man” was played by Bjorn Whitney. Local model and actress Stephanie Raven was “the new girl”. My AD Patricia Bennet helps manage her husbands photography business when she isn’t working on film projects. Her husband Patrick helped out, with shooting on the fire sequence. Additional cameras for this sequence were provided by Mike Gurley of Canon Camera. Amalia Cuthbert was our principle dancer. Will Carson was our stunt coordinator and primary fire breather. Jennalee Evavold, (I know, quite the name), was our animator. For the scene where James enters the water this was necessary lest we forfeit our PG 13 rating.

The two versions differ slightly. The Youtube version can be viewed at full 1080 and has 10 seconds of additional credits. For the Vimeo version we cut the credits back a bit and did some extra effects work on the footage where James enters the fantasy with the dancer, (Amalia). The scene with James and Deepayin was filmed in the water tower at Volunteer Park. The scenes with Ronee and Bjorn were filmed on the monorail, outside of McCaw Hall at Seattle Center and in the conservatory at Volunteer Park. The silhouette scene with Sebastian on violin and Amalia belly dancing was filmed near Marshall Park on Seattle’s Queen Ann Hill.

Published! Interview with David Wagoner on Theodore Roethke in CIRQUE

Page 91 has an interview Michael Kleven completed in the Summer of 2010 with Seattle Poet and UW Professer David Wagoner regarding his relationship with the seminal literary figure Theodore Roethke. My mother, writer and artist Sandra Kleven & Seattle filmmaker and DJ Omar Taboada both deserve credit for their work on this project. This interview was an outgrowth of the short film we did about Roethke: To The Moon. I am planning to direct a long form documentary film about Roethke and his influence on his students life and growth as artists. This film will be based on my Sandra Kleven’s writing and research done in conjunction with her studies at The University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2011 she earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the school.

 

How to Win Friends and Influence Movie People

How to Win Friends and Influence Movie  People:

 Dale Carnegie’s ideas applied to the business of

 Film, Video and Photography

          In Dale Carnegie’s seminal work, How to Win Friends and Influence People, we are introduced to the power on unconditional positive regard, the golden rule or basic human civility on our public relationships. In retrospect it is odd somehow, that we must be educated into thinking that treating our peers with respect and decency is the way to go.

          To our modern eyes that book might at first seem childlike and simplistic. It is divided into four parts. Part One: Fundamental Techniques in Handling People describes key social behaviors we can employ in getting others to help us while seeming to be helping themselves. In fact the key here is to develop a strategy by which both efforts are synonymous.

          Part Two, Six Ways to Make People Like You, describes techniques that will improve how people respond to you and how to improve the impression you make. In part Three: How to Win People to Your Way of Seeing Things, we learn techniques we can employ to get others to do what we need them to do while helping them to complete meet their personal agenda.

          Part Four, Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment describes ways in which empathy and compassion can be used to guide and support others in meeting a mutual end. This is so important in business as we hope to influence clients, employees and associates to match their behavior to the needs of a mutual enterprise.

          My company, Aesthetica, Film, Photography and Video, deals with three or four offerings which together require a sophisticated approach to a potentially diverse client base. I’ll go through these areas one by one in order to describe the ways in which Dale Carnegie’s ideas may best be put to use in this context.

          My company approaches Film in two distinct ways. One is as a company offering individuals to fill crew positions we need to emphasis client/contractor relations in contract negotiations, honoring of contracts and in supporting the overall health of productions within the roles we are contracted to perform. This means that we must achieve a relationship of mutual respect and support. Techniques for doing this include providing a supportive and attentive regard to details, while maintaining proper professional conduct and business professionalism.

          Our other involvement in Film is in the development of feature narrative and documentary projects. This is where Mr Carnegie ideas become most important. Knowing how to create a positive mutual environment is crucial in every stage of the project, from planning meetings, to investor relations to cast and crew camaraderie production efficiency post production planning and follow through, to marketing and distribution. All these steps require a positive, trusting environment be nourish and maintained.

          Photography can be very personal for people. We are all concerned about our image is perceived and how we ourselves perceive it. In retail photography we are often dealing as much with how we make people feel about how they look as with how they look. On the commercial side making clients feel that their wishes are being met, even while we express our vision. Along the same lines as in film is maintaining a professional relationship which allows for proper professional etiquette, payment and respect.

          Video production can be complex. From preproduction planning, to production and then final delivery the clients needs intermingle with the professional and personal needs of the production company. Creativity and the creation of a commercial product lead to a complex relationship wherein artistic and commercial elements are intermingled inexorably.

From the creation of proposals, to script and storyboard approval, to the negotiation of contracts, to the recruitment of crew and the casting of talent the video producer must act as both the representative of the clients needs and the commercial and artistic needs of the professional staff. The bottom line remains customer satisfaction and professional relations. The production company must always guard against individuals and entities which will seek to defraud it of it’s real intellectual property. Dale Carnegie would argue that it is the astute business person that works in turning the potential enemy and adversary into an Allie and partner in business and creativity.

Michael Kleven   June 2011

Dale Carnagie from LIFE magazine

 

How to Make Money from Your Short Films & MARCELL award

I was at the event she mentions in her blog. Actually two panels hosted by Seattle’s chapter of Women in Film. One on Film Financing and the other on Film Distribution. I filmed an interview with Scilla Andreen from Indieflix a few weeks back. I find the whole idea of making money very interesting. Especially for making films which are art.

Other good news. Me and Wenda Zonnefeld share a silver medal for our collaboration on “Marcell” from the Park City Film Music Festival. Here is the posting:

Silver Medal for Excellence in Original Music for a Short Film for the film MarcellComposer(s) Wenda Zonnefeld / Director(s) Michael Kleven

 

Kellie Ann Benz looks at how to make money from your short films – Industry Centre – National Screen Institute – Canada’s national training school for writers, directors and producers in film, television and digital media..

I need to learn how to use Kellie’s good advice now that I am an award winning filmmaker for Marcell! I am currently wrestling with pulling my films from Youtube and Vimeo and selling them, or learning how to give them away more successfully. My music video Ending the Dhoom is about to release. I am in love with it. But it cost more to make then I was paid. I’ll find it hard to remain a full time working artist unless I can find a way to change that trend soon!

Thomas Beale Cipher: How to Launch your film: www.tiny9.com/u/9841

Composer Wenda’s Website: www.wendaz.com/

 

 

Marcell
Poster for my Short Film “Marcell”

Marcell showing this week at Park City Film Music Festival

Marcell
Poster for my Short Film "Marcell"

 

Marcell will be showing Sunday May 29th at the Egyptian Theater in Park City Utah. Thank you to our composer Wenda Zonnefeld for submitting the film and to my brother Tyler Kleven for making this awesome poster for the film. We are up for several juicy awards. Although in all humility I am really just happy to be there. The film was made in conjunction with the Film and Video program at Seattle Central Community College and Aesthetica Pictures.

Marcell on the festival schedule!

Festival Main Page:

http://www.pcfmf.com/MainPage.html

Film Program at Seattle Central:

http://seattlecentral.edu/programs/video/

 

 

 

See “10 Million Colors” at the 509 Winery for June Fremont Art Walk

10 Million Colors: photographs from the 2009 & 2008 Fremont Solstice Parade will be seen at the month of June at the 509 Winery tasting room in Fremont. Look for me Friday June 3rd for Art Walk. The artist will be in attendance for the opening. The musical group The Jelly Rollers will be providing music to go along with the fine wine and art. 

 

Getting Ready for the Big Show
A parade participant prepares.

Fremont Solstice Face Paint

Happy Face

Medical Marijuana Advocates at the Fremont Solstice