NOTE: Location has changed for this Film Connections. Join us just down the road from ThinkTV at the Dayton Convention Center. We’ll be up on the third floor. Street parking is available or you can park in the transportation center garage (enter on 5th between Jefferson and St. Clair) for small fee. We’ll be on the third floor.
We’re back in the new year with a great Film Connections! Join in the conversation with talented DP Mike King. He’ll share some of his history, showcase projects and talk about experiences and lessons learned from his many years in the field. Come ready with some questions about how to strengthen your cinematography, and stick around for some great networking and fun.
About Mike King:
Mike first started making short films with his parents’ Super 8mm camera when he was 11 years old and experimented with storytelling and special effects. He attended Wright State University, studied under Academy Award nominated documentary filmmakers Jim Klein and Julia Reichert, and earned a BFA in Motion Picture Production. While at Wright State he co-founded Mercury Films with director Jim VanBebber and produced/photographed the underground cult films DEADBEAT AT DAWN, ROADKILL, MY SWEET SATAN and THE MANSON FAMILY. A music video he shot with VanBebber for the band PANTERA was featured in American Cinematographer magazine.
He photographed 2 projects for filmmaker Steven Bognar, PERSONAL BELONGINGS and GRAVEL, and both had screenings at Sundance. Mike shot transitional elements for the documentary, A LION IN THE HOUSE, which Bognar co-produced/directed with Julia Reichert, that was broadcast nationally on PBS and won a national Emmy in 2007.
His work with filmmaker Samuel Turcotte, KATA, TEXAS MBA, NO PAIN NO GAIN- all film, helped earn many awards.
His recent projects include documentaries for director Aileen LeBlanc. DAYTON CODEBREAKERS was broadcast on over 100 PBS stations nationwide and was nominated for a regional Emmy for best photography. LeBlanc’s upcoming HD doc feature, TAKE US HOME, was shot in Ethiopia and Israel. He followed the band DOWN through Europe in 2006, shooting documentary and concert footage, and also spent a Summer month during 2007 in Nigeria working with documentarian Susan Stern. In Winter 2006 King shot Danny Draven’s latest film, a 35mm feature, GHOST MONTH, which won an award for Best Cinematography at the 2007 Chicago Horror Film Festival.
Today, he continues to work in the independent feature, short, music video and commercial work field.
Mike is also a partner in ImageWerx Film & Video, Inc., a commercial production company based in Dayton, Ohio.