Remember in Apocalypse Now when Capt. Willard goes upstream to connect with renegade Col. Kurtz and he finds himself in the world that Kurtz has built around himself? Well Artichoke is not really anything quite like that, however, owner Paul Kalbach has created a unique facility that is a world unto itself. Can you think of another facility that has a tranquil garden or hot tub? Or where gear is transported in a Fire Rescue Ambulance? Well you will find all these things and more at Artichoke Productions at its East Bay location.
Artichoke has been described as the little place with big toys., And that description seems to fit the bill. Paul has managed to assemble an impressive array of gear in his distinctive and beautiful facility. There is a small flexible stage, video and audio postproduction suites, and a collection of gear you would expect to find at a much bigger facility. Pauls background is in art and music. His has carried that background into his professional life as cinematographer, editor and composer. Paul is a certified Steadicam owner and operator and has combined it with a custom, German made modified Segway that he calls the RedZephyrCam. You have to see what it can do to believe it.
Paul has an impressive resume and founded his company back in in 1981. He has a long list of clients he has worked with from Apple, Fox Television, Google, Harvard University, Kaiser Foundation and the list goes on. Pauls charming wife Masako is the stage and production manager. This dynamic duo has put together a facility that is unique and worthy of your consideration and attention. It features an eclectic mix of high-end production and post-production gear. But perhaps their greatest asset is a creative and original approach to the production aesthetic. They are excited about the challenge of finding new ways to move the camera and capture engaging images at affordable prices. At Artichoke Productions you can be transported to another place without having to leave town. PHS says check them out.