Running Camera for Track Meets at UW’s Dempsey Center

Update: Feb 24- Brooks PR High School Invite Track Meet

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.

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My professional Sony camcorder for streaming.

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Some if the amazing athletes at the Dempsey. From one of the last races of the day. The Mixed Distance Relay.

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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 love the work I do!

Peace!

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.

Collaboration

Alice: A collaboration with filmmaker Amanda Murphy.

As a filmmaker myself this film helps points out the power of collaboration. So often our creativity becomes stymied. We focus on future gigs, new production and editing software, new cameras. We forget that the reason we started this process was so that we could create and collaborate with other artists.

The production plan for the camera department was largely improvisational. My approach to the production was similar way I approached my Dutch Bikes piece; to discover the essence of a “process”. Of course more goes into it then that. Amanda and I are both graduates of the film program at Seattle Central. I should warn folks that some of the shots in this film may be difficult to view. For my part I am impressed with it’s overall quality. Amanda edited the piece nicely.

alice from amanda murphy on Vimeo.

The project was filmed in Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle Washington. The camera used was the Canon EOS 7D. The lenses used were the Canon 50mm f/1.8 and the Canon 18-135mm f/3.5-f/5.6.. Lighting was achieved through practicals. The music is from Nine Inch Nails Ghosts I-IV released by Trent Reznor under a Creative Commons license. I was attracted to the interesting decorations found around the studio apartment and included some of them in my shots. Amanda was a brave and talented performer/filmmaker.

The film program at Seattle Central is scheduled to end forever in 2014, barring an economic miracle. I am still holding out hope that the program can be saved. Perhaps with closer integration and a sharing of resources with the existing photography program and the schools Creative Academy? It would be sad for future students to miss out on an opportunity to create. Seattle’s art, film and media communities will miss the yearly influx of talented technicians and artists.

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 Bleeding Edge in Wedding Coolness

So new things are happening in the wedding world. Partly these “films” are made possible by the new HDSLR technology. But another thing is the young couples who have found a new way to express their love. This would have seemed unreal to me just 5 years ago. These two videos are wonderful examples of what creative filmmakers are doing to bring help create a whole new experience for couples who want to do something uniquely original and creative with their wedding. Taking nothing away from these talents, in fact I am truly impressed. See what Aesthetica can do to make you wedding an amazing and an experience you’ll remember forever?

Joya and Emre’s Wedding

Flawless

Joya and Emre’s Wedding was made by David Robin Films. Flawless was made by Pacific Pictures. Both show amazing creativity and technique in filmmaking. In addition the couples involved showed amazing moxie and spunk to step outside the box so to speak in creating a remembrance of their special day. I think this shows a quality in them that will serve them quite well in the years to come. And what fun it must have been!

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~

 

 

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.