Most of his clients entertainment-related projects begin with a clean sheet of paper. Allen may develop the marketing strategy, design the product and produce all the visual elements of the product: graphic design, film/videography and photography with his tools: the camera, computer and drawing pen.
His first job experience in television came many years ago when he received a call from television producer Ken Snyder asking Allen to work as an animator on ABCs highest-rated Saturday morning animated series,Hot Wheels, named after the Mattel Toys product.The Hot Wheels television series was the first nationally televised show to use computer animation. Michael, Tom Tremont and Len Stobar were the first trailblazers in this new artform of computer animation in 1969. Now, Michael produces and directs music videos and develops their concepts. Its a natural progression for a designer. Everything is designed; whether you make a sketch of that design, photograph a recording artist for an album cover, or use a video camera to tell a story. Its solving a problem by design. Thats what designers do, says Allen,and I design visual products.
After receiving his second college diploma in 1971, a B.S. degree in Industrial Design, from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Michael was associated with many design businesses. While working in California, he was on the design team that developed the Paper-Mate Flair felt-tip pen and worked as a design consultant to the Southern California Rapid Transit District where new concepts in people movement and planning were explored through design and system analysis.
Michael learned the art of selling as a student salesman for the Southwestern Company for five summers.This experience has proved invaluable in the selling of his talents and the marketing of his clients and their products.
In past years much of his photojournalistic abilities were expressed in articles for four national automotive magazines, and he was contributing editor to three. Allen also has photographed over 2,000 automobiles for their owners.
In a joint design venture with Design Discovery, East Rochester, New York, Allen performed consultant design services for: Eastman Kodak exterior design of Kodak ColorEdge copier, Fisher-Price Toys redesign of high chair for children, and The State of New York fabrication of training models for police academies
In the early 1980s, Allen put all his creative entertainment-related business and management skills into high gear when he originated a career development program for former RCA recording artist, Sylvia. He was associated with Sylvia for over seven years from almost day number one to the height of her career in January, 1983. Over the last three years of this association with Sylvia he designed her business organization, created a strong visual business image and managed Sylvias business on a daily basis.
After leaving the Sylvia organization, he formed Michael Allen Entertainment Development, which specialized in entertainment-related design projects, public relations, artist development, audio and video production. Some clients include: the Country Music Association, CBS Cable, Country Radio Broadcasters, Brenda Lee, Lee Greenwood, and Shotgun Red.
Some projects during this time period include:
Advertising photography for Wal-Mart, Sears and Target. Client: Springs Bath Fashions
Television commercials for Wal-Mart. Concepts, storyboards, still photography, and associate producer of 10 Wal-Mart Photo Tipsnational cable TV commercials. Client: Group W Satellite Communications
Book designer/publisher of Recipes From Sweet Yesterday books by Thelma Allen. Volume One has been sold on direct response television QVC.
In 2009 Michael Allen formed his new company, InCahoots Film Entertainment LLC. InCahoots is a multi-media company that specializes in feature film projects, music and literary publishing. InCahoots has several film and television projects in various stages of development. Michael has written these screenplays: Witness to the Master, Color Blind and Father Me.
InCahoots Literary is a division of InCahoots Film Entertainment LLC publishes books and has 20 titles in its catalog. Michael designs all the books (covers and interiors) and edits most of them. He has been writing professionally for automotive publications and the entertainment industry since 1975. InCahoots Literary will be publishing Allens autobiography, A Legend in my Spare Mind this year.
When you view his portfolio you will witness an incomparable diversity. What Michael Allens mind can believe and visualize is what this renaissance man can create.