Started in 2012, Whaleheart Productions LLC grew out of filmmaker Gabe Van Lelyveld's desire to use his abilities as a visual storyteller in support of others. Gabe has 14 years of experience in film and video. His short and feature films have won awards at film festivals regionally.
Whaleheart has accumulated dozens of satisfied clients in a variety of realms, including business, non-profit, and government. Gabe's passion for storytelling and the power of the medium to connect clients to their intended audiences are the reasons for Whaleheart's continued success.
"Video allows me to explore what is authentic in the world. I've always been interested in a wide variety of topics, and I've always loved storytelling, as long as it contains depth and meaning.
"My favorite thing is when the character of my client really shines through in their video. I hope I can do the same for you."
  1. We Meet: You tell us your goals and your ideas (It’s okay if you don’t have any yet) and we start the process of envisioning your video together.
  2. We Bid: Once we’ve hit on a concept you like and some basic parameters, we send you a bid.
  3. We Sign: With the contract taken care of we’re ready to start. 
  4. We Plan: So many details! Script, interview questions, locations, people, schedule, and more! We’ll guide you through this important part of the process.
  5. We Shoot: Half day, day or multi-day. We get all the footage we need and thank the video gods for their generosity.
  6. We Edit: Media management, rough cut, feedback, revisions and all the finishing touches. You’ll have ample opportunity to weigh in and make sure everything is turning out to your satisfaction.
  7. We Deliver: You get the files and your video goes out into the world for others to enjoy.
"With Whaleheart's video and a matching grant, Finnriver raised almost $40,000 for a solar array at our Cidery that promotes a renewable energy future."
          -Crystie Kisler, Founder/Owner, Finnriver Farm & Cidery
"On top of shooting and editing the videos beautifully, he is a clear communicator, reliable, personable, and overall just great to work with."
          -Justine Rebekah, Organizer, Jefferson County Farm Tour
"Gabe had a wonderful vision for how to document our event and took plenty of footage to give us options on how to shape it. During editing...Gabe was very patient and responsive to our little requests, tweaking here and there until it was just right."
          -Mallorree Weinheimer, Founder, Rethinking Rural
"Working with Gabe was an absolute pleasure. He is extremely professional, organized, and really cares about his clients' vision. I can't recommend him highly enough."
          -Karyn Stillwell, Owner, Stillwell Yoga
"Gabe was the cameraman for me on a series of one-on-one interviews around some quite sensitive themes. He was a delight to work with. Professional in all ways, experienced in his craft and creatively switched on...Could not recommend him highly enough."
          -Michael Shaw, Founder, Earth Realities Foundation
Below is a list of current in-house gear. When production requires additional gear we rent locally or online and pass the cost (with a small mark-up to cover the time it takes to pick up and drop off the gear) along to the client.
Our cameras are Full HD (1920 x 1080) or greater. They have excellent color space, slow and fast motion capabilities, and produce a very filmic quality to their images.
     Canon C100 Mark ii
     Canon 5D Mark ii
We use the best glass for sharp and beautiful images, even in low light. 
     Canon 35mm f/2 IS
     Canon 16-35 f/2.8
     Canon 24-70 f/2.8
     Canon 24-105 f/4 IS
     Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS
Camera movement is a critical element of professional quality videography. 
Sound quality is so important, and the recorders and mics you use, as well as how you use them, make all the difference.
     Rode NTG3 Shotgun microphone
     Sennheiser G3 Wireless Lavalier microphone
     Zoom H4n Digital Audio Recorder
Lights make the difference between shots that appear flat and interview subjects that get lost in the background, and ones that appears natural and pop out at the viewer, commanding their attention.
     Aputure 150D light w/ large soft box
     Aputure Tri-8S 3 LED Panel light kit
Editing Software
Professional editing software allows an editor full control over the footage, including time remapping, color grading, audio sweetening, as well as export options for any exhibition format.
     Adobe Creative Suite 2020: Premiere Pro, Audition, Photoshop, Media Encoder and more...
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