Michael Balke is a San Francisco based cinematographer who offers a unique package of creative talent, technical skills and industry experience to meet the storytelling needs of any production. For sports apparel branding company Fanlime, Michael created branding videos for Super Bowl champion Marshawn Lynch of The Seattle Seahawks; Dancing with the Stars Dancer Cheryl Burke’s Dance Network; and he has created over 50 promotional videos for Insomniac Events, Life in Color and My Life Every Day (LED Events). Michael brings his vast knowledge of the Blackmagic cinema cameras, RED cameras, as well as the Sony F55 and FS700 high definition cameras and Canon cinema cameras and DSLRs. Balke is currently in post-production on his own film, The Field, an epic WWII short about an American and a German soldier caught in a minefield who must over come their differences to survive. He graduates from The Art Institute of California – San Francisco in December, 2014.


  • adobe creative suite
  • aircraft maintenance
  • camera
  • canon dslr
  • cinematography
  • commercials
  • directing
  • documentaries
  • dreamweaver
  • film
  • film production
  • final cut pro
  • final cut studio
  • mac os x
  • microsoft office
  • microsoft word
  • music videos
  • os x
  • photography
  • premiere
  • producing
  • short films
  • video editing
  • videography
  • wedding photography
  • wedding videos


The Art Institute of California-San Francisco

2011-2014 Digital Film & Video Production, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Studied Digital Film & Video Production



2014 Jawbone ASR

Assist customers with the Jawbone products including Jam box, Up and Blue tooth devices


2014 Photographer/ Cinematographer

ONE N ONLY is a Travel Guide/ Travel Agency that provides their clients with a stress free ride and lodging to Music Festivals all over California/Nevada

Straight Out the Studio

2012 Director of Photography/ Producer

Photographer and cinematographer for Weddings, engagements, Model/Actor Head Shots High school SR pictures, Music Videos Short Films, Commercials and many other various services.

Freelance Cinematographer

2010 Cinematographer

freelance photographer services

2004 Freelance Photographer

Better Homes and Ammo

2014-2014 1st Assistant Director/ Producer

Producer- Responsible for building crew, gear and locations
1st AD- Responsible for organizing schedule and keep production on schedule during shooting


2014-2014 Director

Help Creative Director of Fanlime create brand content for Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and his Beast Mode Brand

BDS Marketing

2013-2014 Canon Representative

Seasonal Fall 2013 DSLR & PowerShot ASR Program. Canon representative in a Best Buy store, demoing Canon products to customers and training Best Buy Associates.

Jolly Rodger Pictures

2012-2014 Director of Photography

In house cinematographer working on narrative, corporate, and commercial films

Studio Fathom

2013-2013 Video Production Intern

Produce videos for the company for various projects

Night Owl Photobooth

2013-2013 Technician

Help clients with tech support for photo booths at weddings, parties, and special events


2012-2012 Cinematographer/ Editor

Cinematographer for special mixers. Also editor as well

US Navy

2004-2011 Aviation Machinistmate

F/A 18 A-F engine mechanic/ Troubleshooter