Welcome Mike Sutton to the Story & Heart Team
Mike Sutton is the epitome of a dynamic filmmaker, who knows something about everything when it comes to filmmaking and gear. His extensive technical and hands-on knowledge of most 35mm, Super 16, HD, and 4K digital cinema cameras, in addition to motion control systems, drones, camera support and post production workflows, makes him an invaluable resource for our community.
We’re so excited to announce that Mike has joined the Story & Heart team as our Director of Partnerships.
As we expand our family of partners, Mike will lead the way in developing unique and fun opportunities to serve our global community of filmmakers.
Mike has been with us from the start, as both a contributing filmmaker on the licensing side of Story & Heart and an educator in our Academy of Storytellers. And now, we’re thrilled to officially welcome him to the S&H family.
We chatted with Mike about his passions as a filmmaker, how he got his start, and why he’s so excited to join Story & Heart.
How did you get into filmmaking?
I started when I was around 16 years old as a camera assistant in Canada. When I was 18, I moved to the US and I started a film and video rental house. I have been working in the business ever since. That’s the simple version!
What types of stories do you love telling?
I do so many different types of work that I don’t really prefer one over the other. I do like narrative filmmaking and creative scripted work more so than documentary. Commercial work is where I make my bread and butter.
What’s a recent project that you’re proud of?
A project that I’m really proud of is the bee film I made that was pretty popular and made it onto almost every major blog and social media platform out there. It did really well, but the main benefit wasn’t just that it exploded on the internet. The benefit was that a lot of schools, beekeeping associations, and museums emailed and called to ask for permission to use it for educational materials, which I love. I’ve allowed around 120 different educational outlets so far to use the film as an educational tool mainly for school kids.
What does the word ‘community’ mean to you?
To me, the word community means a group with like-minded interests and an end goal, with everyone working together to complete that end goal. It’s really as simple as that.
What brought you to the Story & Heart community initially?
I was asked by Patrick Moreau of Stillmotion to be a content provider because he liked my high-speed work, which is one of my specialties. Justin asked me to become a Story & Heart educator because there aren’t a lot of people currently teaching high-speed. We all became friends and I like working with the Story & Heart community. I think the platform provides a great opportunity for people who are getting into film, and even professionals, to learn from.
What excites you about working with the Story & Heart team going forwards?
The most exciting thing is seeing the platform grow on the education side as well as the licensing side. The fact that Story & Heart will be an international force rather than a localized platform here in the US, and being able to see the company grown and expand into new areas of the world, is amazing.
NAB is just around the corner, what are you looking forward to most about the convention?
I’m a gear hound, so I really do get excited about the new technology that’s being shown. My favorite thing about NAB has always been networking and linking up with old friends and new friends in person. That’s usually led to collaborations and other projects. Working with a lot of vendors is another thing I look forward to. Say I see an interesting product at NAB. I establish a relationship with a vendor and miraculously, 6 months down the line or what have you, they end up giving me a call asking me to test a piece of gear, put it out into the field, or get my opinions on it. It’s always good to see something go from a concept to a final product. But mainly the networking at NAB is the best reason to go.
What’s one piece of gear you bring on every set?
I’m a director of photography, so I guess it would be a camera. If I don’t show up with that I’m in big trouble.
We know you’ll love Mike as much as we do, so please join us in welcoming him into the Story & Heart family. Come say hi to him and the rest of the team in person at NAB—we’ll be in the Central Hall at booth number C8312.