Craig Kelly started his TV career in 1977 as a part-time sports cameraman for Northwest Mobile Television (later changed to National Mobile Television) At that time, the crews for the national sports networks, such as CBS, NBC, ABC and even PBS were staff engineers only and NMT pioneered the use of Freelancers. Kelly was part of that change. Working as a hand-held and long lens camera operator, including the 1984 Olympic Games in L.A., NBA World Championships series, NCAA Championships and PGA/LPGA Golf throughout the West and Hawaii, Kelly eventually started shooting feature stories for all of the major networks and most of the new cable networks; HBO, USA, MTV and most of the rest of them at the time.
Next, he started shooting corporate and Christian based projects across the States and in over 25 countries worldwide. From the jungles of Sri Lanka to the Swiss Alps, Kelly lensed projects for many Fortune 500 companies as well as Christian testimonials, music videos and events.
Beginning in 1985, the switch to directing live, multi cam projects was a natural progression for Kelly as he shared his time between camera operating and directing for many years until he moved into directing full time in 1995.
What does all this mean when you're looking for a director on your next project? Not much in the grand scheme of life - but it does mean that I have the experience to work at any level of production - anywhere. I don't regularly use an AD or a TD, know every position on the crew (except graphics - because I can't type well) I do my homework and prepare for every show I work on. I have also produced global and local projects, so am well aware of budgets, politics, schedules and the need for flexibility................craig kelly
That said, call me if you want to talk about your next multi cam gig. Phone calls are free now, right?
In the last quarters of a century or so a lot has changed – technology, governments, world economies, the materials we use in our daily lives. But, one thing remains unchanged – my dedication to doing the best work in the world. I proudly keep an old fashioned attitude about my work, and that's that it needs to be done professionally, with respect to my crews and without an ego-gone-wild. That means relying on brilliant crews and hardworking artists and clients working in tandem.................ck
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Directing events with the White House Communications staff/ Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as large corporate events like the Microsoft Company Meeting, projects for the Boeing Company or producing the closing segment for an Intel International Sales Conference are just a few projects that I have been a part of since 1985.
Compassion/non-profit projects are important to me. From projects featuring Nelson Mandela, Bishop Tutu and Martin Luther King III to Producing the Western Washington MDA Telethon for 12 years and directing an 11 city Promise Keepers tour, I am committed to offering my directing and production skills in any way I can help.
Live, multi camera concert directing is my specialty - no net, no do overs. With hundreds of concert credits from rock to jazz to contemporary Christian, I can rock your video presentation or layer it with finesse and feeling - or both.