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Biography

Jon Kline is an American cinematographer raised in the Midwest. His award-winning cinematography has been seen on every major television network and at film festivals around the world.

Jon came to cinematography through theater. Working as a technical director by day and managing restaurants by night, he brought light, sound, and pizza to hungry audiences. He completed his first short film as director of photography in 2006. Making the transition to a full-time video production freelancer in 2008, he also returned to college to pursue a degree in Radio/Television/Film from UW-Oshkosh.

In 2010, Jon returned to Milwaukee and became the in-house director of photography for Flipeleven Creative. His work there won him multiple awards, including from Milwaukee Adworkers and MCA-I Madison. He also continued working as a freelance cinematographer, working with brands like American Express, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, The Miss Wisconsin Pageant, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mayo Clinic,  Kohl’s, and hundreds more.

Jon’s work spans commercials, music videos, mini-documentaries, short and feature films, and commercial still photography. He is also Getty Images video contributor. His projects include narrative, documentary, reality, broadcast commercials, music videos, and branded content. He most frequently shoots on the Sony FS7, Canon C300 mark II, Arri Alexa, and RED Epic-W cameras. He He is also experienced on the Panasonic VariCam series, mirrorless cameras, and DSLRs. He believes that each camera has different storytelling strengths, and often mixes and matches cameras on projects, depending on what is most effective.

 

Other Pursuits

In 2013, he founded MKE Production Rental in Milwaukee. It quickly expanded into renting all types of video, photo, and event production equipment, including lights, sound, and staging. A second location in Chicago’s Edison Park neighborhood is being opened in 2018. The day-to-day operations are handled by the staff, as Jon has transitioned into an advisory role.

Jon also hosts workshops for cinematographers and photographers, presenting to film professionals and students from around the country. His writing has been published by MovieMaker Magazine, and he has been interviewed by publications including USA Today and the Huffington Post. He was the organizer of MARNmovies 2014 season, a social and screening event for Milwaukee filmmakers. Jon’s awards include a Pace-Setter Award from the Milwaukee Independent Film Society, and multiple awards for cinematography from dozens of film festivals.

Jon is available for commercial, narrative, and documentary work, as well as speaking engagements and interviews. Booking inquiries should be directed to [email protected]

 

Work Highlights

A partial list of projects Jon Kline has worked on as cinematographer, director, or camera operator.

 

2018

 

Kohl’s Service Promise

Director of Photography — Internal Video — Kohl’s Corp

Cinematographer for Kohl’s “lobby video,” the featured content displayed on video walls inside Kohl’s corporate buildings. This is an ongoing project with shoots every season. I began shooting this project for Kohl’s in 2014. We typically shoot on Red Epic with Arri Master Primes.

Breathing Above the Treeline

Director of Photography — Short Narrative Film — Independent

Director of photography for the short drama by director Gitanjali Kapila. We shot in the Chicago area over four days, exclusively on the Sony FS7 camera.

High Beam

Cinematographer — Short Narrative Film — Redacted

Cinematographer for the short film High Beam, directed by Jamison Stokdyk.  Principal photography began in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 2017 and continues in 2018.  The film is being shot with a variety of cameras and anamorphic lenses.

2017

 

Target Stores

Director of Photography — Docu-style Internet Video — Target Corp

Director of photography for various branded content, showcasing Target’s volunteer activities in the greater Chicago area. We followed Target employees as they helped support children’s after school activities and a community garden. We shot on the Sony FS7 camera with Zeiss CP.2 lenses.

Rolling Stone Presents: Run the Jewels with Foster the People

Cinematographer — Docu-style Internet Video — Rolling Stone Magazine

Cinematographer for a series of Rolling Stone concerts as part of Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival. We shot with multiple cameras, including Canon, Sony, and Blackmagic.

Nike Sports

Director of Photography — Instagram/Snapchat Video — FloSports

Director of photography for Nike’s social media content during the Girls Elite Youth Basketball League Championship in Chicago. This was a documentary-style project with quickly unfolding storylines and near-instant publishing. We shot on a variety of cameras, including Canon C300 mark IIs.

HP Client Testimonials

Director of Photography — Docu-style Internet Video — inEvidence

Director of photography (and sometimes field producer) for a series of testimonial videos for three divisions of Hewlitt-Packard: HP, HP Enterprise, and HP Inc.  This is an ongoing project, where we follow individual clients and document their relationship with HP. We shoot on the Sony FS7 camera.

Prospera Credit Union

Director of Photography — Commercial — Detonator

Director of photography and camera operator for six different broadcast spots for Prospera Credit Union. We used actual members to tell their unique stories. Some of the spots were shot outside on location, others in studio.  We shot on Sony cameras in 4K RAW with Zeiss Compact Prime lenses.

Silent Shelter

Director of Photography — Documentary Film — Independent

Director of photography and camera operator for the feature film Silent Shelter, directed by Dana Keithly. The film explores policies inside no-kill shelters throughout the United States. We shot primarily on the Sony FS7 camera.

This Isn’t Funny (Pilot)

Director of Photography — Comedy TV — Redacted

Cinematographer and camera operator for the pilot of This Isn’t Funny, created by Daniel Robbins and directed by TC De Witt.  The project was filmed on location in and around Los Angeles. We shot primarily on the Canon C300 camera.

First Time Flippers (DIY Network)

Camera Operator — Reality/Documentary TV — Boy Wonder Productions

Camera operator for multiple episodes of the reality/documentary show First Time Flippers, in seasons five and beyond.  We shoot primarily on the Sony F5 and F55 cameras.

Windy City Flip (HGTV)

Camera Operator — Reality/Documentary TV — Big Table Media

Camera Operator for the first season of Windy City Flip, a reality/documentary renovation show following Alison Victoria as she buys and flips homes in the Chicago area. We shot on Sony F55 cameras.

Honeywell Aerospace Customer Testimonials

Director of Photography — Docu-style Internet Video — inEvidence

Director of photography for a testimonial video for the aerospace division of Honeywell. We followed the story of a private jet that was serviced by Honeywell, documenting the customer’s experience and interactions. We shot on the Sony FS7 camera.

2016

 

Jell-O

Director of Photography — Commercial — Leo Burnett

Director of photography and camera operator for two 30-second spots for Jell-O. The project was primarily tabletop product shooting. I chose the RED Epic Dragon for its slow motion capability. We recorded in 4K RAW and shot with a Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 50mm/T2.1 Makro lens.

Married at First Sight (A&E)

Camera Operator — Reality TV — Kinetic Content

Camera operator for the Chicago area portions of the reality program. We shot primarily on Sony F850 ENG cameras.

Ice Cold Killers (Investigation Discovery)

Director of Photography — Documentary TV — M2 Pictures

Cinematographer and camera operator for multiple episodes of Ice Cold Killers season 5. I shot on two Sony FS7 cameras.

Xploration Nature Knows Best (Fox)

Director of Photography — Educational TV — Steve Rotfeld Productions

Cinematographer and camera operator for multiple episodes of the E/I science show Nature Knows Best. We shot primarily on Sony FS7 cameras.

Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge

Director of Photography — Internet Video — Rich Pageant

Cinematographer for a web short documenting the completion of the Amazon Wind Farm at Fowler Ridge in Indiana.

Kohl’s – Driving Greatness

Director of Photography — Internal Video

Cinematographer for the Driving Greatness series, shot at various Kohl’s stores throughout the United States. We shot on Canon 5D mark III cameras with Canon photo primes.

2015

 

Nike Jordan

Director of Photography — Web Video — Greatest Common Factory

Cinematographer for three interviews with professional athletes, filmed on the Sony FS7 with Canon L-series lenses.

Unlikely Animal Friends (NatGeo)

Director of Photography — Reality TV — Indigo Films

Cinematographer and camera operator for two different episodes of the reality program for the National Geographic Channel. We used a Sony FS7 with Zeiss CP2 lenses.

Sleep Number by Select Comfort

Director of Photography — Commercial — Meredith

Cinematographer and camera operator for a :60 spot for Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort. We shot on Sony FS7s with Zeiss CP2 lenses.

Kohl’s Culture of Yes

Director of Photography — Specialty — Kohl’s Corporate

Cinematographer for a 2-minute video designed to highlight Kohl’s culture and values. We used a Red Epic with Arri Master Primes.

Kaldas Center

Director of Photography — Commercial — Detonator

Cinematographer and camera operator for two :30 TV spots for the Kaldas Center, a birth and women’s health center in central Wisconsin. We filmed on the Sony FS7 with Zeiss CP2 lenses.

Altra Federal Credit Union

Director of Photography — Commercial — Vendi Advertising

Cinematographer and camera operator for a documentary-style shoot, using the Panasonic GH4.

Better Homes and Gardens

Director of Photography — Original Web Series — Meredith Corporation

Cinematographer and camera operator for a documentary-style shoot, using the Canon 5D mark III.

Solitary Confinement in the USA

Director of Photography — Original Web Documentary Series — Odyssey Networks

Director of photography and camera operator for a documentary-style shoot, in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shot on the Sony FS7.

Howard Young Foundation

Cinematographer — Commercial — Detonator

Cinematographer and camera operator for a 30-second spot filmed on the Sony FS7 with CP2 lenses.

Cricket Wireless

Director of Photography — Brand Activation — PGW Experience

A series of activation events featuring the Cricket Wireless brand. This is an ongoing project, with shoots continuing through 2018.

Verdura 75th Anniversary

Director of Photography — Documentary Corporate Video

Cinematographer and camera operator for a documentary of Verdura Jeweler’s 75th anniversary event in Manhattan, New York.

 

2014

 

Mayo Clinic

Director of Photography — Commercial — Detonator (Vendi)

Cinematographer and camera operator for a :30 TV spot for the Mayo Clinic, filmed in raw on the Canon 5D mark III.

Pirelli World Challenge (NBC Sports)

Camera Operator — Live event — Speedcast Productions

Sony EX3 camera operator for live auto racing in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Broadcast on NBC Sports as well as livestreamed online.

Volcano Choir “Tiderays” (on Jagjaguwar)

Director of Photography — Music Video — Flipeleven Creative

A music video for Volcano Choir’s “Tiderays” featuring dancers from the Milwaukee Ballet. It was shot on a RED Epic with Zeiss CP lenses, as well as a Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

Dateline NBC

Camera Operator (C300) — NBC — Reality/Dec TV — NBC Universal

Field camera operator for documentary work for Dateline NBC on the C300.

Hate In America: Part 1 (Investigation Discovery)

Camera Operator (C300) — Discovery— Reality/Doc TV — NBC Peacock Productions

Camera operator for a new NBC/Discovery documentary series, “Hate in America.” We shot entirely on Canon C300s.

Hasbro Superfanart

Director of Photography — Web Commercial — Beverly Boy Productions

Cinematographer and camera operator for a promotional video for My Little Pony, shot on the Panasonic GH4.

Milwaukee Ballet Dancer Profiles

Director — Web Video — Flipeleven Creative

Director and cinematographer for six documentary-style profiles of Milwaukee Ballet dancers.

Yell & Tell – Water

Director — Commercial/PSA — Flipeleven Creative

Director for 30- and 60-second spots for Yell & Tell, shot primarily on the Sony FS700 with Odyssey 7Q recorder.

Grace Weber “Perfect Stranger” (on Grace Weber)

Director of Photography — Music Video — Flipeleven Creative

Cinematographer for Grace Weber’s “Perfect Stranger” video, shot at RDI Stages in Milwaukee, on a variety of cameras including RED Epic.

Peacemakers

Director of Photography — Feature Film — Neverending Light Productions

Director of photography for the feature film Peacemakers, a documentary about gun violence in the United States.

Manpower Group

Director of Photography — Corporate Video — Flipeleven Creative

Cinematographer for a series of executive interviews filmed in the Manpower corporate headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Testimonials

Director of Photography — Web Video — Ball Video

Cinematographer and camera operator for a series of interviews of Johnson Controls executives for PwC. We shot in Milwaukee on Panasonic GH4 cameras.

Skylight Music Theatre

Director of Photography — Commercial — Flipeleven Creative

Cinematographer and visual effects director for the season announcement video. We shot on a Sony PXW-Z100 in 4K for theatrical presentation.

World Armwrestling League

Camera Operator — Sizzle Reel — WAL Underground

Canon C300 camera operator for a sizzle reel and new show pilot, from the creators of “Game of Arms.”

Newaukee

Director of Photography — Web Video — Flipeleven Creative

Cinematographer and camera operator for multiple promotional videos, shot primarily on the Canon 5D mark III.

School Specialty

Director of Photography — Corporate Video — Detonator

Cinematographer and camera operator for a conference kick-off video, shot on the Panasonic GH4 camera.

Vetransfer

Director of Photography — Web Video — Flipeleven Creative

Cinematographer and camera operator for about a dozen short promotional videos, shot over multiple months on Canon DSLRs.

UnionPlus Testimonials

Director — Web Video

Director and cinematographer for a series of testimonial interviews, shot in Franklin and Kewaskum, Wisconsin.

Game Day

Director of Photography — Short Film — Firmament Films

Cinematographer for the award-winning short film “Game Day.”

IntensityNow

Director of Photography — Commercial — Flipeleven Creative (Core Creative)

Cinematographer and camera operator for a national 30-second TV spot.

Jif Sandwich Contest

Director of Photography — Web Video — TED TV/Fusion

Director of photography for a series of videos, featuring children and their peanut butter sandwich recipies.

Chaka Kahn Concert

Camera Operator — Concert Video — Digital Cafe (Red Pump Project)

Camera operator for a series of behind-the-scenes videos as well as a live concert in the Chicago Theatre.

MetPlastics

Director — Homepage Video — Flipeleven Creative

Director and cinematographer for the homepage/landing video for MetPlastics in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The New Normal

Director — Internal Video — Flipeleven Creative (Cielo/Pinstripe)

Director and Cinematographer for a video announcing the merger of Pinstripe Talent and Ochre House. The project shot over five days in London and Milwaukee.

2013

 

The Surface

Camera Operator — Feature Film — Good Note Productions

RED Epic camera operator for the feature film “The Surface,” starring Sean Astin and Chris Mulkey.

American Express Small Business Saturday

Director of Photography — Commercial — A2F Pictures

Cinematographer for a two-day commercial shoot for American Express, shot primarily on the Canon C300.

Northwestern Mutual

Camera Operator — Corporate Video — Jimmy Makes Movies

Sony EX3 and Canon 5D mark III camera operator for a studio-style interview shoot titled “Lifelong Paycheck.”

Flying Car

Director — Web Series — Flipeleven Creative (Greater Milwaukee Committee)

Director of a seven-episode web series designed to engage Milwaukeeans about the weeklong Flying Car event.

Blood Center of Wisconsin

Director of Photography – Commercial — Flipeleven Creative (Jigsaw)

Director/DP for a 30-second commercial featuring Green Bay Packer and NFL Pro Bowler John Kuhn.

Cielo Talent (Pinstripe Talent)

Director — Corporate Video — Flipeleven Creative

Director and Cinematographer for a series of executive profile videos.

Artis Coffee

Director of Photography — Commercial — Flipeleven Creative

Cinematographer for Artis Coffee’s first promotional video, shot over four weeks in three states, entirely on the Canon 5D mark III in Raw.

Top Workplaces 2013

Director — Corporate Video — Flipeleven Creative (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Director of the documentary-style video for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Top Workplaces 2013 event.

This is Rogers

Director — Corporate Video — Flipeleven Creative

Director and cinematographer for a narrative video for use by Rogers Memorial Hospital at trade shows.