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Biography

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

Jon began his creative journey in live theatre. 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. After his first year as a full-time freelancer in 2008, he returned to college to pursue a film degree from UW-Oshkosh.

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

Jon’s work spans commercials, branded content, mini-documentaries, short and feature films, music videos, and commercial still photography. He is also Getty Images contributor.  Jon shoots on a variety of cameras, including Sony, Canon, Arri, and Red. He believes every camera has different storytelling strengths, and often mixes cameras on projects.

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 audiovisual equipment. 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 writings have 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 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 recently

2018

  • Target Stores – Broadcast Commercials – Director of Photography
  • Cologuard – Web/Social Marketing – Director of Photography
  • AT&T – Web/Social Marketing – Director of Photography
  • Edwards Lifesciences – Web/Social Marketing – Director of Photography
  • A Home For the Holidays – Network TV (NBC) – Camera Operator
  • Kohl’s Event Video – Internal Marketing – Director of Photography
  • Livongo – Web/Social Marketing – Director of Photography
  • Manpower Group – Web/Social Marketing – Director
  • Love After Lockup (Season 2) – Network TV (WE) – Camera Operator
  • HP Enterprise Customer Testimonials (Redbox) – Web/Social Marketing – Director of Photography
  • Body in the Bath – Short Film – Director of Photography
  • Kohl’s Service Promise – Internal Marketing – Director of Photography
  • Breathing Above the Treeline – Short Film – Director of Photography
  • High Beam – Short Film – Director of Photography
  • Laufer Trucking – Web/Social Marketing – Director
  • KidSnips – Web/Social Marketing – Director/Director of Photography

 2017

  • Rolling Stone Presents – Branded Content – Director of Photography
  • Prospera Credit Union – Broadcast Commercials – Director of Photograpy
  • Nike Sports – Branded Content – Director of Photography
  • HP Inc Customer Testimonials – Web/Social Marketing – Director of Photography
  • Honeywell Aviation Customer Testimonials – Web/Social Marketing – Director of Photography
  • Target in the Community – Web/Social Marketing – Director of Photography
  • Silent Shelter – Feature Documentary Film – Director of Photography
  • This Isn’t Funny – Pilot – Director of Photography
  • First Time Flippers (Seasons 8 and 9) – Network TV (DIY) – Camera Operator
  • Windy City Flip (Season 1) – Network TV (HGTV) – Camera Operator

Earlier

  • Jell-O – Broadcast Commercial – Director of Photography
  • Nike Jordan – Web Commercial – Director of Photography
  • Ice Cold Killers – Network TV (ID) – Director of Photography
  • Unlikely Animal Friends (Seasons 2 and 3)- Network TV (NatGeo) – Director of Photography
  • Married at First Sight (Season 5)- Network TV (A&E) – Camera Operator
  • Nature Knows Best (Seasons 1 and 2) – Network TV (Fox) – Director of Photography
  • Dateline NBC – Network TV (NBC) – Camera Operator