Michael Klein Photo Assistant / Video Grip / Sound Guy

BOSIET certified, audio field mixer, video grip, and photo assistant available for national and international projects.

About Me

My background

Basically I’m like a Swiss army knife, capable of handling multiple roles on a small crew.  As far as my experience, it runs the gamut from the days of film to digital, location, studio, celebrities, documentaries, executive portraits, editorial, food, fashion, sports, architecture, corporate, industrial, lifestyle, offshore and medical.  I also have my Rig Pass, BOSIET and TWIC certifications for working around oil and gas projects, plus TSA Pre Check, passport and Global Entry for easy traveling.  I also keep my international vaccinations up-to-date. 

My experience

I've been fortunate to work with a lot of photographers and videographers of various disciplines and caliber. Below is just a brief list of who I have worked with:  


Photography:  Trish Badger, Gary Barchfeld, Curtis Bean, Robert Beck, Bruce Bennett, GavIn Bond, Steve Brady, Justin Calhoun, Brad Carr, Barry Champagne, Ken Childress,  Jason Connel, George Craig, Drew Donovan, Barry Fantich, Thierry des Fontaines, Dom Furore, Salvador Garza, Justin Gollmer, Bob Gomel, Mark Green, Maarten de Groot, Mitchell Hasseth, Michael Hart, Bob Houser, Rachel Hudgins, Jim Hughes, Brent Humphreys, Jill Hunter, Walter Iooss, Atiba Jefferson, Scott Jones, Eric Kayne, Drew Kelly, Scott Kohn, James LaCombe, Paul Ladd, George Lange, Sandy King Lankford, Christian Lantry, Annie Leibovitz, John Lewis, Ben Liebenberg, Jason Lindsey, Nathan Lindstrom, Michael LoBiondo, Hal Lott, Mary Ellen Mark, Steve Marsel, Scott McDonald, Chas McGrath, Gideon Mendel, Shaun Mendiola, Howard Menken, Eric Meola, Ricardo Merendoni, August Miller, Jack Mitchell, Alan Montgomery, Marc Morrison, Audra Oden, Richard Phibbs, Sasha Preziosa, Adrienne Raquel, Mauricio Ramirez, Jesus Reyes, Janice Rubin, Warwick Saint, Chris Salvo, Tom Sanders, Ron Scott, Robert Seale, Chris Shinn, Jim Sims, Michael Scott Sloser, Ralph Smith, Mary Jane Starke, Paul Swen, Tim Tadder, Bob Thomason, Ellis Vener and Frank White.


Video:  Gotham Image Works,  Image in Action, McNee Productions, MDI Video, Nadji Productions, NFL Films, One More Time Productions, Plaid Pony Productions, Ricardo Merendoni, Video Perspective and Zura Productions.


Audio:  Jorge Bernal, BrandTales, Sandy Buller, ESPN, Ground Media. Bob Houser, Nathan Lindstrom, Ricardo Merendoni. NationSwell, No Frames LLC, Plaid Pony Productions, Marc Pretorius, Yesenia Rodriguez, Robert Seale,  Tim Tadder, VideoEnvy, 33 Visual, ZapBoomBang Studios and Zura Productions.


In addition to my skills and experience,  I bring a great attitude and a robust grip kit customized for each project.  I can scout locations, reserve equipment, studios, grip trucks and recommend local crew. 


Member of ASMP.

My Audio Package

As far as audio, I have a field mixer/recorder package that's perfect for interviews and small crew documentaries. 

My kit includes:

  • Sound Devices 633 field mixer/recorder. 
  • A10 wireless system
  • Sennheiser MKH416 and MKH50 boom mics
  • Rycote Cyclone blimps 
  • 12’ K-tek carbon fiber boom pole 
  • Sanken COS 11D  omni lavs.
  • Sony ECM-44B omni lavs
  • Dynamic Audio Technica AT8004L hand held mic.


Rates

+1 (713) 851-0647

Projects

Hosted ASMP Assistant's Workshop

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May 23, 2017 hosted an all day ASMP Assistants Workshop at Texcam in Houston.  Panel included distinguished photographers Michael Hart, Nathan Lindstrom and Robert Seale plus fellow assistant/digi-tech/drone operator  Travis Schiebel. http://epicsoftware.com/asmp-workshop-for-photography-assistants

Audio for Patient Testimonial

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Had the wonderful opportunity to work with Bob Houser on a multi-day shoot in Louisiana. The project was about a young man with a very rare disease. With the help of specialized medicine, a team of doctors, this courageous young man has overcome numerous challenges and is attending college and holding a job.   https://www.morquiosity.com/

Audio of Hurricane Harvey Survivor Interviews

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It started with a brief email from Stacy at Plaid Pony Productions.  She wanted to do a Hurricane Harvey benefit to help the people in need.  I had 1 day to assemble a Houston crew of volunteers. We interviewed 3 families the next day.  The stories of the survivors were incredible.  The video was played at the #STRENGTHINNEIGHBORS Hurricane Harvey Benefit in Austin.https://vimeo.com/234792703/61d5ee1418 , https://vimeo.com/234704306/c9cfa592b8 , https://vimeo.com/234779652/acc56a2a1a

Audio for Breathe In

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Ground Media created this moving documentary on Tuberculosis.  While the public has shifted its focus to other diseases such as AIDS and ZIKA, TB is still a big concern.  My oldest brother had TB.  


Unfortunately many of my projects are corporate, industrial and have non-disclosure agreements.

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Whether you're planning a photo or video production in the Houston area, offshore or international, call me.  If I'm not available, or not a good fit,  I can help you find someone who is.

Michael Klein Photo Assistant Video Grip Sound Guy

2226 Eaglerock Dr., Houston, TX 77080-5202, us

+1 (713) 851-0647