Laney College

Paul Kalbach

Paul Kalbach

Paul Kalbach

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Courses:  Digital Cinema Production in 4K  (Media Communications 181)

Paul Kalbach founded the Oakland film and video production company “Artichoke Productions” in 1981. Previous to this, he had established a reputation in the San Francisco Bay Area as a visual artist and “New Music” composer, with exhibitions, installations, and performances including the De Young Museum, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco Museum of Art, University Art Museum, Berkeley Art Center, KPFA Pacifica Radio, New York Avant Garde Festival, among others. He received his MFA, MA, and BA Degrees from The University of California, Berkeley, and was recipient of The Eisner Prize in the Creative Arts.

Kalbach began to combine his artwork and music through the use of animated film in 1971, which led him to evolve into a film & video company as a director / cameraman / Steadicam operator / editor / visual & sound artist. He has extensive experience in all levels and genres of production, including feature films, documentaries in Russia, China, and the Philippines, music videos, commercials, and corporate video.

He spent several years as an independent contractor for “Advanced Systems Group” in Emeryville, building complex post-production systems and providing customer support.  He spent two years at Google headquarters in Mountain View as an independent contractor, developing their sound stage and shooting corporate videos.  He also configured and supported the campus-wide system of Final Cut Pro editing suites at Google.

He is a staff member of “sfCutters” which meets monthly at Adobe.  “sfCutters” started out over a decade ago as the world’s first Final Cut Pro User Group.

He was an early adopter of the original RED One Digital Cinema Camera when it was first unleashed on the world and turned the Hollywood industry upside-down.  He has been an active member of the “REDuser” community ever since.  His shot-on-Red feature “The World Famous Kid Detective” premiered at the Arena Cinema in Hollywood.  He uses RED Cameras as the primary teaching tool for his “Digital Cinema Production in 4K” class.