The three founders brought together Dronescape, NW Kollection, and Too Easy Co to create one of the largest drone and gimbal shops on the west coast. With a selection of drones and gimbals and a deep understanding of the film and television industry, A-Cam Aerials takes the headache out of production.
DEI Statement: A-Cam Aerials values diversity, equity, and inclusion. A-Cam Aerials believes in a world that is inclusive in approach where equal opportunities and equitable outcomes exist for all.
A fixture in the Portland film industry, Mike is one of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts on gimbals and travels the United States working on major projects. He started working in the film industry at age 19 as DIT then rapidly progressed to 2nd AC, and then 1st AC by age 20. A protégé under Jordy Klein, Mike moved into specialty work including boats, underwater, cranes, remote heads, off mounts, and helicopters. When living in Florida, he worked extensively with Jordy Klein and Bobby Watts of X-Cam Aerials in the early years of drones. Once he moved to Portland, he partnered with Greg Schmitt to create one of Portland’s largest gimbal companies.
Coming from a family of artists, Alex graduated from Oregon State University where he studied digital arts. As a Pacific Northwest creative, he has worked on countless music videos, documentaries, and live events for clients such as Timberline, Toyota, W+K, Adidas, and Astral. With multiple expertise areas, his knowledge encompasses RED, ARRI, Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, and DJI cameras. As a Part 107 remote pilot, Alex has flown the Inspire, Phantom, Alta, Autel platforms, and has operated cameras on the platforms that support dual operation. Known for his creativity, inspiration, and innovation, he aspires to set the benchmark for cinema productions shot by drone.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Oregon School of Law, Kenji is one of the co-founders of A-Cam Aerials. As Chief Pilot, he has been in the industry over 7 years flying both single and dual operations for many major brand names. His operations included the first operation ever inside a state capitol building, and the first commercially permitted UAS operations at Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows on Mt. Hood. An attorney, he is one of the most knowledgeable drone policy experts in the world having played a critical role in the 2017 FAA Remote ID and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee. Kenji is an active member of ASTM working on industry standards for remote ID, operations over people, and beyond visual line of sight operations. He continues to serve on a number of task groups for the Federal Drone Advisory Committee. He has worked with a state aviation agency as a UAS policy advisor, and advises numerous state agencies and local municipalities on drone issues. He also sits on the UAS stakeholder group that advises the Oregon Legislature on UAS issues. Kenji is bilingual and can speak Japanese.
A graduate of the University of Hawaii and Washington State University, Whit is a director, filmmaker, editor and drone videographer. Her work includes narrative and documentary film, commercials and branded content. With a background in ecology and an insatiable desire to bring science, social justice and advocacy to life, she focuses on the human stories that connect us to our environment. She recently directed and produced the short film, ‘This Land’, which has gone to screen at major outdoor and environmental film festivals worldwide and was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick and a nomination for Best of the Year. She holds a MS in Environmental Science, and has contributed her unique aerial and on-the-ground perspectives to a variety of brands and organizations including Patagonia, Matador Network, Merrell, Yeti, Earthjustice, Nature Conservancy and Ocean Conservancy.
In addition to a successful commercial photography career, Lee has produced and directed commercial footage for numerous enterprise clients. A strict attention to detail and an unrelenting drive for perfection ensure that the work he produces exceeds all expectation.
Deante Grinner is a knowledgeable drone pilot, swing and robotic technician in the Portland Film Industry with a high level of enthusiasm for all aspects of how the industry works. Driven by dedication and commitment he takes pride in solving problems and maintaining a positive work ethic. For the past two years Deante has worked as the Studio Manager for CoachSargeCine. His training with Coach and Sarge has allowed him to learn the subtleties of grip and electric while gaining respect from a strong network of experienced professionals in the Portland Industry.
Originating from the action sports film industry, Jasper's specialty is shooting in natural environments. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he has developed his career as a Director of Photography shooting commercial tv spots, documentaries, music videos, Live events and more. Jasper graduated from the Digital Arts program at the University of Oregon. As a Red owner/operator and an early adopter of drone cinematography, he functions as a multifaceted component for single, dual and crew operated aerial shoots.
Owner of Via Films Studios
Helicopter and Slo-motion camera Specialist
A Kansas City based cinematographer with nine years experience in film, Raymond is skilled and comfortable in all stages of film making: concepting, scripting, storyboarding, cinematic production, and editing/post production. To tell a well crafted story, Raymond has also developed talents in musical composition, 3D rendering, and sound design. He has used his abilities to produce film, commercials, music videos, and various other artistic media.
Raymond's work as a director of photography has accumulated several awards including a 2021 Telly award and the 2021 Muse creative award.