Before directing, Mike Nelesen, a college graduate with degrees in Literature, Theater and Communications, worked as a Grip, Dolly and Crane Operator, and Key Grip. The knowledge and experiences he obtained working in those capacities has made him the well-rounded, successful director he is today, directing television, cinema, and web-based content. Mike has directed broadcast campaigns featuring Sheryl Crow, Tony Hawk, Moby, and Elton John. For AMC Theaters, he conceived and directed four of the five “Silence is Golden” mock film trailers that played for cinema audiences internationally. He also worked as a Best Buy Broadcast Director from 2001 to 2005, playing a key strategic and creative role in many high-profile Best Buy brand initiatives. Specifically, he helped develop and produce broadcast and Internet marketing material for the Rolling Stones’ four-DVD box set, “Four Flicks” that achieved five-times platinum sales in less than a month. Mike has had his most recent success creating web-based content with many companies, such as Nike and Ford Motor Company. For Nike, Mike directed, shot, and edited two “user-generated” clips that were posted anonymously to YouTube and MySpace. One of the clips, “Randy’s Donut’s”, was viewed on MySpace more than a half million times in a single day. Working with Logitech, he directed two short dramatic promotional videos that were translated and posted on sites around the world. Mike’s work for Ford includes a celebrity-studded eight-episode series of branded web films produced in conjunction with the Mark Burnett/Steven Spielberg reality show, “On the Lot”.
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