We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Lindle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks can define your success, so I embrace calculated risks. Deciding when to take the leap of faith was the hardest decision for me to make. Planning ahead and focusing on my goals enables me to stay on track and build something I am proud of; I am still growing. Though most wouldn’t know, the risky decisions I’ve made over the last decade have been meticulously planned. Changing cities often, leaving my corporate job, pursuing an alt-career, investing in myself in new ways, and among many others, building a business, have been difficult decisions to execute. For me, nothing is guaranteed but these are all necessary risks to achieve my professional and creative goals. The risk is worth the effort, it has been extremely rewarding to dedicate my time to growing my company Framework Films and working with some amazing clients at companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, Facebook, Nike, and more.
What should our readers know about your business?
– Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.
What started as a passion to create globally inspiring visuals, blossomed into a business where I have licensed footage to the most recognized companies and production houses in the world. My team and I are lucky to be part of a very tight-knit, highly sought-after larger group of aerial and cinematic professionals in the film industry; most of which I am lucky to call my friends. Founding and opening Framework Films to the creative market at large as a service provider felt natural once we had the right team in place. Now, Framework Films is a full-service creative media production agency specializing in ultra high definition (UHD) aerial, drone, timelapse, hyperlapse, and motion stabilized cinematography. We create custom video content for the commercial, corporate, television, and film industries. Clients who trust and have used our footage include, Microsoft, Netflix, Discovery, Disney, BBC, Viacom, Olympics, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, NBC, Conde Nast, The Economist, Forbes, and more.
As we continue to operate, our client project library and extensive stock footage database only grow larger. It has been remarkable to see this concept progress over the years and I am very excited about the years to come.
– How did you get to where you are today business-wise? Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?
I have always prioritized my professional career which means for many years I had to make personal sacrifices with my art to flourish in other areas. I wanted to ensure that before I jumped into the entrepreneurial/self-employed world, I learned as much as I could about different industries and professional markets here in the US.
My background explains the varied experiences I’ve had and the versatility I’ve developed over a lifetime. I was born in New York City and spent my time as a teenager commuting back and forth between Montclair and Brooklyn for family matters. Earlier in my career, I lived in Washington, DC for 6 years and worked at The Federal Reserve and National Archives. These institutions taught me the importance of discipline, organization, and confidentiality.
I also worked in the corporate sector at a top-rated consulting firm drafting, managing, and executing data analytics contracts across major cities in the US. I would travel every week to cities like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Chicago to spend time with our clients on-site and implement our professional service contracts for our Fortune 500 client base. Client service, consistency, and creativity were very important to maintain these industry relationships and stay relevant. I absolutely loved my time at the firm; it was eye-opening. Perhaps the riskiest decision was to leave that behind and pivot into the film industry by founding Framework Films. None of this has been easy, an immense amount of foresight and planning went into accomplishing my creative/entrepreneurial goals; I still have more work to do!
– What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way? What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
In short, find people that you professionally look up to and do everything you can to provide them value. Network and surround yourself with people that share your common goals. Build a community around your interests and you’ll create a beautifully complex ecosystem of friends that want to see you succeed as much as you want to see them succeed. Focus on your goals and how you want to specialize in your market offering. Video is a team sport, and our team defines our success. Rising tides raise all ships.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is so much to do in Los Angeles, this urban sprawl gives everyone access to amazing hikes, incredible skyline views, a diverse food scene, and access to some of the best state and national parks in the country. The itinerary really changes depending on who I’m hanging out with, but my favorite thing to do in the city is to go out, shoot timelapses, and fly my drone with friends. Especially during quarantine and social distancing protocols, I have started to prioritize my time enjoying LA’s parks and outdoor recreation mostly. Bars and restaurants are fun, but LA’s true beauty for me is found outside.
A few of my favorite activities around town:
– Hiking in Griffith Park, the Malibu Hills and Coast, Will Rogers State Park, Venice Canals, Elysian Park, Kenneth Hahn State Park, Runyon Canyon, Hollywood Hills, and many more.
– Cycling around Palos Verdes or surfing in Venice, Manhattan Beach, or Malibu.
– My favorite street taco spot is Tacos Chidos and their Al Pastor is one of the best in the city – https://goo.gl/maps/v7yHT94diKnM5jLW9
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have been extremely lucky to receive guidance from so many brilliant people. Professional mentors in the corporate world, filmmakers in the creative industry, ambitious friends, and supportive family members. Framework Films could not exist without my personal network of support and I am very thankful to have the insights and direction to effectively piece this concept together.
Other: Nimia – https://app.nimia.com/profile/frameworkfilms/
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Recent Work with Microsoft:
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Aerial Hyperlapse Reel: