|| About Me

Hello there!  I’m Mike Palzkill, a freelance Cinematographer & Camera Operator based out of Madison, Wisconsin and I am Use Your Words Productions, LLC.

Raised in a small town outside of Madison, I graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.  Upon graduating, I joined ProVideo & Film, Inc full-time (after two summer internships) as their Videographer/Studio Manager. 

While at ProVideo, I took every opportunity I could to learn and grow as a filmmaker, a cinematographer, and as a person.  And after four years of learning and developing the necessary skills, I decided in July 2013 to take the next step and venture into the world of freelance video production.

|| “Words, Michael.  Use your words…”  

Why Use Your Words…?  I’ll be honest, words have never been my strong point.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a well-versed vocabulary and writing has always come easily to me.  But when it comes to speaking, well…there always seems to be a disconnect between my mind and mouth.  Indeed, in conversations with my sister over the years, she’s constantly had to say, “Words, Michael.  Use your words...”

So, in searching for a name for my company that was personal to me and relevant to what I want to do with my business, “Use Your Words” seemed like a natural choice.  Let me explain:

Words are one way to tell stories, yes.  But so are images.  And in the same way words can be strung together, combined to entertain, to persuade, and even move – so too can images. 

It is my job to tell your story visually.   To use images, light and composition to best tell a story in any given situation.  And for me, both personally and professionally, images are my words.  They are ultimately a way for me to express myself, as well as to tell your story.