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


Set lighting

Gaffer. Commercial clients include: Gatorade, Sunkist, Intuit, USAA, Bank of the West, American Express.  (Complete listing @

Set Lighting Technician, GLOW (Netflix series), Anomalisa (theatrical release). Member IATSE Local 728 studio lighting technicians, Hollywood, CA.


Post Production

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.”

 – Richard Propes, The Independent Critic.  Review of Monster in a House.


“…Dias and DP Michael Helenek [keep] impressive visuals on the screen throughout, finding dreamy wonder in the most ordinary of locations.”

 – Nicholas La Salla, Forest City Short Film Review.  Review of Monster in a House.



“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.”

 – Director Christiano Dias - Hollyshorts Film Festival interview.


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