Heartstone Studios – Washington Access Fund

A collaboration between Kleven Creative and Heartstone for Washington Access Fund

The video “Opening Doors” was completed in the Fall of 2015. The project documents the amazing work WAF does to support access to assistive technology. In addition, WAF is regarded as a leader in financial literacy and business education for disabled individuals. Washington Access Fund Development and Communications Director Andrea Travis had an essential role in the creation of this video.

Washington Access Fund provides access to technology and financial education to disabled individuals in the Pacific Northwest. We were proud to have had the opportunity to work with them and to highlight the deep impact they have had in people’s lives. The video was created through Heartstone Studios. Michael Kleven and Elke Hautala were co-directors, co-producers and shared editing duties on this project. Kleven was DP and Sound Mixer on this project.

Heartstone is known for producing high-quality promotional videos and documentaries for non-profits, corporations, and professional artists. Ongoing projects include, I Missed my Train. This film tells the story of Dutch Holocaust survivor Ernst Van Gelderen. Heartstone clients have included, The Center for Wooden Boats, United Churches Emergency Fund, and Washington Access Fund. Current projects include a feature documentary “Finding Light” about Preston Singletary’s transformative work in music and glass.

Filming in Holland
Michael and Elke at the Oranjhotel at The Hague, Netherlands

In 2012, Michael Kleven and Elke Hautala began their collaboration. It began with a project for glass artist and musician Preston Singletary. In 2015, they founded Heartstone Studios LLC. Heartstone delivers high-quality video production for documentary and nonprofit clients.

Heartstone co-director and collaborator Elke Hautala with her baby at Kenmore’s Logboom Park.

Elke and her newborn son
Elke and baby Chance

Kleven and Hautala are excited about their continued collaboration focusing on nonprofits and long form documentary.

Gig Diary – Fruit of the Loom

Sometimes on my production sound gigs, I get to learn new things and meet very interesting people. Leatrice Eiseman is one of those.

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Approaching Bainbridge looking East. Edited with On1 software and Lightroom.

I had the pleasure of working as a sound mixer for this Hue For You project for Fruit of the Loom featuring Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. The project was produced by Plus Productions out of Boulder Colorado. We shot the videos all in one day at the Bainbridge Art Museum back on February 24th, 2016.

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Dark Clouds. Edited with On1 and Lightroom.

Sometimes my job allows me to learn new things and meet people I otherwise might not meet. It is always a pleasure to visit Bainbridge.

Hue for You – Energetic Colors

Hue for You – Colors of Confidence

Hue for You – Colors of Attraction

Leatrice is an amazingly informative woman. Although I was primarily focussed on recording great audio, it was great to think about color in a new and interesting way. It was a pleasure to work with director/DP Steve Capstick, producer Nathan Fulbrecht and fellow locals, gaffer Ryan Middleton and PA Katheryn Goddard. The trip over on the Washigton State Ferry was a joy.

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Seattle Skyline with Yang Ming. On1 Perfect BW9.

Here is a link to Leatrice Eiseman’s website. If you need a sound mixer for your corporate, documentary or narrative project please get in touch. I have some state of the art sound gear, a nice resume, am a problem solver and a great addition to the community on set. At least in my own humble opinion, (I’m sure my mom would agree as well).

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Mt Baker from Bainbridge Island. Edited with Nik Silver Effects Pro II.

Zaxcom Wireless Camera Hop

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).

Zaxcom ENG wireless.
Wireless camera hop for sending broadcast quality sound to camera.
Zaxcom ENG wireless kit.
Zaxcom ENG wireless kit.
Zaxcom wireless camera hop.
Zaxcom wireless camera hop.
Zaxcom TRX900s.
Zaxcom TRX900s.

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.