New for 2017 gear-gear-gear…

This will be a pretty quick post as my friends at the Wallingford Chocolati are about to close. Been like a nutty squirrel adding some outstanding gear to my production kit. A rundown since our last visit:

  • 3x Dracast LED lights with 2x V-Mount batteries. (Perfect for travel and interviews off the grid).
  • Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 Art lens. (An amazing lens. Maybe the best one in my kit. I know have a crazy fast zoom lens kit including the Tokina 11-20 f/2.8, the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8, this new Sigma and the outstanding Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II.
  • Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II (It’s hard to say that the Sigma is actually a better lens then this the latest version of this venerable workhorse. Let’s just say the Sigma is a little bit easier to work with indoors. I am very proud of this Canon lens. A must have for event photography and video).
  • DJI Ronin M. (I picked up this amazing gimbal from a friend. What can I say… It’s an amazing piece of kit. I can’t wait to start using it on set.
  • DJI Osmo+. Why the Osmo+ when I already have the Ronin? Well, let’s just say it is very light and compact. For quick shots, it will come in very handy. For larger crew jobs or for when we have more time for setup, I will definitely be excited about bringing out the Ronin. For a quick walk and talk. Osmo all the way.
  • Mavic Pro (That’s right. I’m going aerial! After seeing what my good friend Jeremiah Kaynor can do I figured it was finally time for me to get a hand in the game. I’m excited to see what I can do with this).

In addition to these things, I’ve also added a few support items to make the experience more enjoyable. I’ve got a custom “Easyrig” type harness to support the Ronin on shots lasting over 15 minutes. This is going to help sooooo much. I’ve seen my friends struggle with this and although I’m sure I will be challenged at times I’m excited to have this little “crutch” to help ease the pain. For both my Osmo and Mavic I’ve picked up some small ND filters to maintain a proper shutter speed and exposure. Well, the barista has warned us he is about to close. Better wrap things up.

Let me know if you need my help on any of your shoots; aerial, gimbal camera or hybrid positions. I also have one of the nicest sound kits north of Hollywood. So give me a shout for sound as well. I just love to create, to work hard making amazing film and video with other hard working professionals. It’s a little weird branching out from sound mixing. But actually. as my sound career has taken off I never stopped being a hard-nosed DP and mercurial (though well organized) director. Thank you for taking the time to read through my blog. I promise to add some photos and correct spelling errors soon. Cheers! Happy 2017! (Update 1/22/17, spelling corrected and images added. Enjoy).

DJI Ronin M camera gimbal
Ronin M
Dracast Hi CRI LED Lights
DJI Mavic Pro
Canon 7D MII, Tokina 11-20 f/2.8, Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 Art, Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 Art, Canon 70-200 F/2.8L IS II. Super fast, mobile zoom cinema kit.
DJI OSMO. Great for grabbing quick shots with motion.

A Guide to Wintertime Survival

A Guide to Survival in Winter

Seattle’s had been experiencing a very mild Winter until the epic snowstorm of January 2012. While maybe not epic to those outside of Seattle it was a welcome break from the regular. Now that rains has returned and slush flows freely in the streets I and many like me have returned to the norm. My response to the brief exposure to cabin fever was to double down my focus on creative pursuits doable in or near my home.

A Winter Road

The first project was a set of  HDR photos of the farm up on 88th. It’s a lovely vista with a peak of Lake Washington in the distance. I hope that 10 years from now that it isn’t being converted to Apartments!

 

 

The Yellow Bird

The next project happened when I was getting ready to ride my mountain bike in the snow. I had the door open as I got my gear ready for the ride. I saw lovely yellow and black bird flying around the porch maybe looking for some shelter from that snow. Suddenly he was in the house. I grabbed my camera and shot some video before I attempted my rescue. Watch the short film to find out what happened next. Turns out he was a Townsend’s Warbler who had been fooled my our mild winter.

My other big projects this week were two days of Gaffing and Cinematography for the web series GLITCH and a portfolio set starring my bike in the snow. I’ll try to post that group soon. It includes an interesting 360 degree panorama of my bike in the snowy forest. I’ll search for a place to host it online.

Other good news this week includes 3 jobs in addition to GLITCH, includes documentary and portrait photography commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Dr Donald and Mary Malins, a promotional video for Dex One – Rooster Down Tattoo Gallery and a series of videos for an Eastside SEO guru. The week before I landed a gig to do work as a boom pole operator/sound mixer for a short film highlighting the treatment on Filipino veterans of WWII. 2012 is off to a good start!

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.

 

Brides: Easy Scheduling for Spring & Summer Weddings

Brides, with wedding season fast approaching now is the time to lock in your photographer or filmmaker.  I offer full photo packages starting at $650.  Documentary HD film packages start at $850. Contact Michael Kleven at 206-307-7588 or Email Mikekleven@Gmail.com to schedule your wedding & discuss your needs. Enjoy the photo of Wes, Chelsea and their adorable daughter below.