Michael Notar

Spokane, Washington


About Me

I am cinematographer based in Spokane, Washington. My experience encompasses a range of diverse projects including feature films, episodic tv, commercials and documentaries. I have worked for clients such as Anheuser Busch, HBO Sports, Modelo, Entertainment Tonight, Comcast, BNSF Railway, WSU Athletics, Pacifica Senior Living, Abbvie Pharmaceuticals and American Family Insurance. My work has appeared on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Netflix, Syfy, PBS, CBS, ESPN and UFC.

I have the distinction of being formally trained in the industry while owning one of the largest supplies of equipment in the Inland Northwest. I found photography while in middle school and later attended Brooks Institute of Photography. I earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree in 2005. While at Brooks, I studied advertising, Ansel Adam’s Zone System and industrial scientific imaging. I managed a photography studio before diving into cinematography. I have been focused on video and film production since 2010.

I am proficient in productions of all sizes, from remote production to part of a larger crew. I own only the best equipment, including: a Sony FS-7 4K cinema camera, Canon cinema lenses, gimbal stabilizers, dollies, jibs, teleprompters, monitors, and audio equipment. I own a grip and lighting rental company, so I can outfit a production with everything from basic three-point lighting using Litepanels to providing a 3 ton grip truck packed with high end fixtures including Arri Orbiter, Skypanel and HMIs.

I embrace a collaborative creative process, and a fun, yet professional atmosphere at all stages of production. I tackle each project in a highly methodical way, utilizing theory and creativity to achieve beautiful images.

I welcome your email and hope to make something great with you.
Please email directly at my shutterworksfilm email.

I have been in the industry since 2008.

Photo Galleries

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Director of Photography – UFC 244 Watch Party
November, 2019 — November, 2019
Online – UFC
EPK Camera Operator – All the Small Things
November, 2019 — November, 2019
Feature – Rebel Cat Productions
Gaffer – Booking.com
November, 2019 — November, 2019
Commercial – Booking.com
Gaffer – Tac Gas
September, 2019 — September, 2019
Commercial – SUREFIRE, Beretta USA, Sig Sauer, Vortex Optics, Call of Duty
Gaffer – Focus on Small Towns
August, 2019 — August, 2019
Online – Merck Pharmaceuticals
Director of Photography (High Speed/Photron) – Bullet Proof Product Testing
August, 2019 — August, 2019
Other – Filmed at 50,000 & 112,000 fps
Gaffer – 247 College Football: WSU Cougars EP104
August, 2019 — August, 2019
Television – HBO Sports
EPK Camera Operator – Home Sweet Home
July, 2019 — July, 2019
Feature – Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Gaffer – UFC 232 Fighting Spirit
December, 2018 — December, 2018
Online – UFC & Modelo
Add Photography – TBD Feature Length Documentary
July, 2018 — July, 2018
Feature – Anheuser Busch
Camera Operator – Federal Judge Training Video
December, 2017 — November, 2017
Corporate – Federal Judicial Center
Camera Operator – DUOPA Patient Experience
August, 2017 — August, 2017
Corporate – AbbVie Pharmaceuticals
Camera Operator – Bias, feature length documentary
June, 2017 — June, 2017
Feature – Finish Line Features
Camera Operator – Tedx University of Idaho
June, 2017 — June, 2017
Live Event – Tedx
Gaffer – National Geographic: Chasing Genius
May, 2017 — May, 2017
Online – Fox Digital Studios
Camera Operator – Training
September, 2016 — September, 2016
Corporate – Comcast
Gaffer – Time Warner Cable Business Class
July, 2016 — July, 2016
Commercial – Time Warner Cable Business Class
ADD Photography – Entertainment Tonight
April, 2016 — April, 2016
Television – CBS
Director of Photography – Bleacher Report: Craig Ehlo
November, 2015 — November, 2015
Online – Bleacher Report
Camera Operator – Dreamspace with Kathy Ireland
October, 2015 — October, 2015
Online – American Family Insurance
Gaffer – DYI Network Blog Cabin 2015
May, 2015 — June, 2015
Commercial – Scripps Networks
Add Photography – 30 for 30: Believeland
January, 2015 — January, 2015
Television – ESPN
Electrician – America by the Numbers
June, 2014 — June, 2014
Television – PBS
EPK Camera Operator – Z Nation, Seasons 1-5
May, 2014 — September, 2019
Television – The Asylum
Camera Operator – Black Happy: Setting Dogs on Fire, Live DVD
November, 2010 — April, 2012
Live Event – Black Happy

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