“Rite of Passage” / Ebo Entertainment / Dir. Michael Krehan / Format: Arri Alexa Mini
“To Tell the Truth” / Fik Tiv Films / Dir. Shema Jones / Format: Ursa Mini Pro
"Monster in a House" / Manowar Media, Muller Entertainment / Dir. Christiano Dias / Format: RED Epic
"King Eternal" / Manowar Media, Muller Entertainment / Dir. Christiano Dias / Format: RED One
“One Heart” / DeeDee Benkovich / Dir. Arturo Vargas / Format: RED Scarlet
“The Confrontation” / Dir. Soraya Hajjaji / Format: Canon 5DM2
“Dungeons & Dorks” / Dr. CLS Productions / Dir. Jimmy Yen / Format: Canon 5DM2
“Revolution” / Gentlemen Films / Dir. Josh Spector / Format: 16mm
“Versus” / Emily Branham / Dir. Sean Gannet / Format: 16mm
Commercial | Music video | Corporate
Heritage Yarn Mills / “Grandson” / Dir. M. Helenek / Format: Ursa Mini Pro
TruStage Insurance / “Memories” / C41 Media / Dir. Pete Sillen / Format: Arri Alexa Mini & Amira
Antmine / “Social Marketplace” / Dir. Christiano Dias / Format: Canon 5DM2
Pxsell / “Angry Garage” / Smith Productions / Dir. Christiano Dias / Format: Canon 5DM2
CLS & Rich Ferguson / “Secrets & Lies” / Dr. CLS Productions / Dir. Saul Herckis / Format: Canon 5DM2
Netafin Flexnet / Goal Productions / Dir. Griff Partington / Format: Sony FS7
Miracle Grow / Goal Productions / Dir. Griff Partington / Format: Sony FS7
Tone It Up / Sypher Films / Dir. Jens Jacob / Format: Canon C300
Raising Canes / Goal Productions / Dir. Griff Partington / Format: Sony FS7
No-Notoriety / Dir. Michael Helenek / Format: Ursa Mini Pro *video not endorsed/approved by organization*
“The Heart of Man” / Sypher Films / Dir. Jens Jacob / Formats: Arri Alexa mini, RED Dragon
“DogTown” television series / National Geographic Television / EP. Kim Woodard / Format: Sony EX1
“Centro Medico Humberto Parra” / Daniels Hamant Foundation/ Dir. Michael Helenek / Format: Panasonic DVX100
Gaffer. Commercial clients include: Gatorade, Sunkist, Intuit, USAA, Bank of the West, American Express. (Complete listing @ heleneklighting.com).
Set Lighting Technician, GLOW (Netflix series), Anomalisa (theatrical release). Member IATSE Local 728 studio lighting technicians, Hollywood, CA.
Post Production Manager, National Geographic Television, NYC. Managed offline, conform, color correction, and audio mix for series TV shows.
Editor, Animator, Image Work Communications, LA, CA. Created documentary, commercial, and corporate programming.
Northwestern University. B.S. Radio/Television/Film. 3.55/4.0 in major.
Cinematography of Monster in a House featured in American Cinematographer Magazine (July ’16).
Awarded Best Cinematography, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival (Monster in a House).
“Michael Helenek's lensing is simply stellar, utilizing a perfect use of shadowing and framing and giving the film an emotional depth by following the faces of the characters involved.”
“…Dias and DP Michael Helenek [keep] impressive visuals on the screen throughout, finding dreamy wonder in the most ordinary of locations.”
“The footage we have so far is nothing short of amazing, and I'm grateful to have you as DP. I can't wait to finish our film.”
– Michael Krehan, Director, Rite of Passage.
"The footage looks amazing. You did an excellent job and I would love to work with you again or recommend you to friends!”
– Deedee Benkovich, Writer, Producer, One Heart.
“I’m just fortunate to have worked with such immensely talented people from Composer - Daniel James Chan and Director of Photography - Michael Helenek.
To me, it’s all about building a family that you work well with, believe in, and are “sharp as a knife” focused on telling a story.”