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 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.
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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.”
This is my friend Jordan O’Leary’s new documentary web series. I was his Camera Operator/Production Assistant for episodes 1 & 2 Seattle side. Those who kno me might notice my Diamond Back mountain bike & red & white Brooks running shoes also had starring roles in the piece. The 1st two episodes explores which city is friendlier, Seattle or LA. You may be surprised about what his research reveals. Episodes | Breaking Down.
This is my favorite example of Kinetic Typography. It is set to the “Mad as Hell” speech performed by Peter Finch & written by Paddy Chayefsky for the 1976 film “Network”. Cudos to Aaron Leming for bringing creating it & sharing it online.
This nuanced review about an a subtle Seattle based film which premiered this week at Sundance is another example of the vibrance & potential of the local film community here in the Northwest. With costs of some parts of the process becoming more affordable great films can now be made for what was once considered a shoe string budget. I shoot with a Canon 7D & record sound on a Zoom H4N, do my editing in Final Cut Pro & Motion Graphics in Adobe After Effects. All of which can be purchased with a top of the line iMAC for under $10,000. I went to mention before I get to wonky that my friend & former classmate/cast mate Tony Doupe stars in this film. I really haven’t seen him in over 20 years. We were both heavily involved in theater at WWU in he 1980’s. So I can’t wait to see the film. One play I recall doing with him was She Stoops to Conquer, while in Summer Stock in 1986.
This post offers some inside information about the brand new High Dynamic Range option on the upcoming RED cameras. This will offer a dynamic range surpassing film as well as motion capture that goes beyond the 1/48th sec of standard capture. It will be exciting to exploit these camera’s creatively. At least I hope so!
I’ve really enjoyed these webinars from Hubspot. They are entertaining in a number crunching kind of way. Also many of us have so much to learn about marketing our business’ online. Which in a sense is the dominant marketing option, at least for small business today.