Alan Calzatti, Founder of Film Program, Program Chair and Longtime Faculty at Musicians Institute
We are terribly saddened to learn that a member of MI’s family, talented film maker, cinematographer and editor Alan Calzatti has recently passed away. A mentor and friend to many at Musicians Institute, Alan served as the Director (Program Chair) of the Film Program from 2004 to 2012, he will be greatly missed for his many talents, wry sense of humor and passion for sharing his art both as a creator and educator.
You can view a sampling of his filmic body of work HERE
Alan co-founded Sputnik Films (previously known as Calzatti/Clark Productions) with producing partner Jeff Clark in 1990, and what followed was a collaboration that spanned over 250 music videos and commercials for both the US and international markets. His past clients include: Universal Music Group, Sony, Atlantic, EMI, A&M, East West, American, Warner Bros., Jive, Hollywood Records and BMG/RCA to name a few.
In 1996, Alan received the MTV Viewer’s Choice Award for the Backstreet Boys “Get Down.” A year later Alan repeated that success with N’Sync which climbed to the top of the European charts.
More recently, Alan Calzatti shot the critically-acclaimed, feature documentary Heima – a film by Sigur Ros for Dean DeBlois (director of How to Train Your Dragon) and worked together again for a long play, music video DVD for Sigur Ros lead singer Jonsi’s first solo CD.
His professional experience has provided him with the expertise in the creative and technical aspects of directing, shooting, editing, grading and creating VFX.