A bit about me…
Welcome to my portfolio site. Thank you for stopping by. Hopefully this will give you a better understanding as to who I am and what it is, exactly, that I do.
Here is a demo reel of narrative work and below that a short bio.
I am a director and a cinematographer or director of photography/imaging based in Sacramento, California and I offer production services with gear and a crew ready to serve your needs.
As a director, I guide stories from pre-production through post-production allowing it to be told thoroughly with absolute audience in mind. I believe this to be a collaborative process in working with other departments such as camera, production design, lighting, audio, and so on into post. On set very few things will stress me out. I pride myself in that I’m a problem solver and the last thing a crew needs is a stressed out director that can’t make a clear, logical decision. With my theatre training and film school backgrounds I find communication a very valuable tool. Being able to communicate to actors and other talent the needs for any given scene is as important as it is to communicate clearly to my crew the technical aspects of filmmaking.
As a cinematographer or director of photography/imaging, I design lighting schemes along with camera work to create an aesthetic custom suited for your specific project. Again, with audience in mind, I aim to create emotions specific for each scene of each production. I use various means of communication with the director throughout the filmmaking process, providing clear guidance to my crew as to how any given shot is supposed to look.
Aaron Michael Leong grew up in Benicia, CA where he attended middle school and high school. Upon graduation he attended San Francisco State University where he finished in Theatre Arts with a double emphasis in Performance and Directing.
He has performed in theatre for SF State’s main stage productions, Ancient Chinese Secrets Theatre Company, Breaking Ground Collective Theatre Company, Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Programs and other smaller theatre companies. He has also done costumes, make-up, and lighting for theatre and has even stage-managed.
With a strong background on and around the stage, Aaron slowly transitioned to work in front of the camera; acting in films, independent features and shorts, and commercials. His resume also includes voice over work.
From there he moved behind the camera, starting a video production company in 2002. His company, 4th Wall Productions, was focused on weddings and other events, however, the company has progressed to accommodate narrative shorts and features, commercials, promotional videos, reality and documentaries from pre to post. Because of his martial arts background, he has also done fight choreography and stage combat in some theatre productions and independent shorts.
Aaron has studied under renowned cinematographers such as Yuri Neyman, ASC, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, Dean Cundey, ASC, David Stump, ASC, and Suki Medencevic, ASC. He is capable in previs, creating and generating aesthetics and LUTs for production, lighting for visual effects, virtual cinematography, image management from pre-post, and color correction.
Aaron is currently represented by Cast Images Talent Agency in Sacramento, and SF Casting and Nancy Hayes Casting, both in San Francisco.
Aaron currently resides in the Natomas area of Sacramento with his beautiful wife and 2 beautiful young children.