Taxes & the Fat Kid

 For some reason my active life unites these two desperate topics. How to handle calculating expenses as a self employed artist and the awesome films made in my home town and showing now at SIFF.

Check out this handy resource for the small business owner. As an artist/filmmaker/photographer I find this advice to be a godsend to me as I chart my income and expenses.

Self-employed Tax Solutions | June Walker.

Self Employed Tax Solutions

 

On a more jolly note I really enjoyed seeing Fat Kid Rules the World today at SIFF. Actor Matt Lillard has a bright future as a directer. A special treat was seeing my friend Erin Childs in the final scene. So much of Seattle, it’s crew and talent helped make this an outstanding motion picture. As I understand it they are still raising money to pay for distribution via Kickstarter

Clients in an Election Year

New Clients in an Election Year

If you are running for office and need to to get your message out fast without sacrificing quality check out the professional filmmakers and photographers at Kleven Creative Services. Call us at 206-307-7588! We are happy to work for business owners, non profits and arts organisations as well. Getting your message to your audience, (with style and grace), is job number 1!

Guy has a website up so I wanted to share that with you first. The videos I made for him are under the tabs ‘Issues’ and ‘Take Action‘. Read below to find out why the shoot was so much fun. As usual I have taken much too much time between my blog posts. If I spent half the time here that I spend on social media I’m sure I would have a hundred additional posts. So the big news is that after working with a new client Howard Hale, a search engine optimization expert located on the East Side, I took his advice and updated my listing on Google Places. Not 7 days later I was contacted by a man running for State Senate in the 1st District Guy Palumbo. He asked me to create a series of videos to help launch his campaign. I’ll share two of the shorter ones with you now. It was an incredible experience for he. Although difficult with the short turn around he had requested and tight production day. We shot all 5 videos within 5 hours and I edited over the next 36 hours.

I also had the unique experience of adding Closed Captioning for the 1st time to an online production. It was very important to the client that his videos have Closed Captioning for the deaf and hearing impaired. Although new to this I was excited to learn something new and help out folks in the disabled community. I used this handy Youtube subtitler app to somewhat streamline the proicess.  It will help you produce a text document that can be use to add text to video on various platforms. The other app offered by Youtube gave me nothing but head aches. This is the only one that I recommend. An added bonus is once you have added Closed Captioning your video can now be found more easily by search engines!

 

Here is the 1st video I produced. Guy Palumbo: Take Action

 

 

And the second. Guy Palumbo: Independent Thinking

 

If you are also running for office this election year and need video, portrait or event photography please get in touch. Call me at 206-307-7588 or send me an email. Mikekleven@gmail.com. My rates are reasonable and I will do my best to help you market your campaign. I also do corporate films and work promoting non profit groups. Let me know what you are looking for and information about your budget and I will create a proposal for your review. Here is more about what I can do for you on my video services page. I’m also available as a freelance Director, DP and Boom Pole/Sound Mixer Op. Here’s more about my freelance services and gear. Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

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

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

 

The Indie Film Bubble and New Perspectives on the Day Job for Producers and Artists

 

 

Check out indie producer Mike Ryan’s guest post on the Hope for Film blog on indieWIRE. In his view indie producers who used to be like Rock Stars are now more like  Jazz Artists. This is  somewhat disheartening for me as I continue in my efforts to develop several feature documentary and narrative features. On the other hand he points out  that this may  lead to a return to a focus on artistry and integrity in indie films. That’s a  refreshing view point and I hope my films can attain the highest level of legitimacy once developed and released.

During the recent Meetup of Seattle’s DocuTalk@911 indie producer Nadeem Uddin shared his own experience producing Bhopal: The Search for Justice amongst his other films. I was so impressed with his own commitment to difficult topics that I began to recommit myself in my  efforts to produce The Stanley Mute Project. This is the film about an Yup’ik artist incarcerated under unbelievable circumstances by our Western standerds and his odyssey and that of his people.

In my perspective earning  a living wage with some  creature comforts is  acceptable. If I wanted the Hollywood lifestyle I would have gone Hollywood years ago anyway! During another recent Meetup of King County wedding vendors I began to feel more confident in my own abilities in making a living  at my day job as a photographer, videographer and production crew. Creative work in this area will support my efforts as an indie producer/director. Please look around my site  and let me know if I  can help you out in any way. Then give Mike’s post a good read!.

Guest Post: Mike Ryan on “Let’s Celebrate The ‘Collapse’ Of The Indie Film Bubble” > Hope for Film.

 

 

 

 

Mike S Ryan has produced 14 films in the past seven years

Scilla Andreen, Soup and Kookies & Aesthetica Pics!

Howdy Folks. I am crazy busy these days. Today I was cinematographer and production manager for an interview with Indieflix CEO Scilla Andreen. The interview was conducted by Nick Blake of Apartment 18 Productions. We had production help from Lainy Bagwell and John Elkin on lights and sound. Scilla helps indie filmmakers make money  with their films. In the interview she will detail that and also talk about important work being done by the Indieflix foundation. Later the same day we taped a promo for the Soup and Kookies event coming up at Coleman Park in Seattle’s Central District. Actors Tom Ricciardelli and Andi  Norris were hilarious as pernicious squirrels fighting over where to bury a nut. You guys are awesome and so talented. I’ll be sure to post something here when Lainy has completed these edits. Oh, and by the way, please enjoy the photos above. They are available for sale or license at http://michael-kleven.photoshelter.com/portfolio or by clicking on the images in the slide show above.

Cheers, Michael Kleven

24 Amazing Slow Motion Videos

24 Amazing Slow Motion Videos.

 

slow motion punches from cody kern on Vimeo.

 

Watch this and other fun slow motion videos on from filmmakerIQ.com .

In my continued conquest of the Seattle Indie film scene i had the distinct pleasure to work as a sound technician on the presentation reel for the film “Cut the Rot”. My good friend and fellow thespian Jon Peck is DOP on this project. Although the call was 7 to 12 PM we ended up shooting until 5AM. Oh well, everything for art! I’m back in school also. Taking some courses at Bellevue College in order to round out my film education. Two of the courses I am really excited about are Business of Film and Video and Digital Cinema. More on that later. BC has a number of excellent film classes taught by professionals with long careers. Not as intense as the film and video program at Seattle Central but something can be said for learning from those who have been there. By that I mean no disrespect to the instructors at SC. They are awesome too but in a much different way. Alright, it’s 6, time for bed.

4 Innovative Ways to Use Web Video for Small Business

 

 

4 Innovative Ways to Use Web Video for Small Business.

In this interesting post from social media maven’s “Mashable” several highly successful though low tech videos are reviewed as marketing tools for small  business. As a video producer I can create an awesome looking video for you at a reasonable cost. Contact Michael Kleven at mikekleven@gmail.com for detailed information and quotes. Give my videos in the portfolio section of this site for examples of my technical and narrative proficiency~