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bio copyMichael Allen, the designer/visualist, creates what does not exist. He can look at raw space and in his mind's eye transform it into a product through his design, film,writing, and marketing talent.

Most of Michael clients' entertainment-related projects begin with a "clean sheet of paper." He may develop the marketing strategy, design the product and produce all the visual elements of the product: graphic design, videography, and photography with his tools: the camera, computer and drawing pen.

MIchael's first job experience in television came many years ago when he received a call from television producer Ken Snyder asking him to work as an artist on ABC's highest-rated Saturday morning animated series, "Hot Wheels," named after the Mattel Toys product. Michael, Tom Tremont and Len Stobar were the first trailblazers in the new artform of computer animation in 1969. With their innovative skills, the Hot Wheels television series became the first nationally-televised show to use computer animation. Now, Michael produces and directs music videos and develops their concepts. "It's a natural progression for a designer. Everything is designed; whether you make a sketch of a design, photograph a recording artist for an album cover, or use a video camera to tell a story. It's solving a problem by design. That's what designers do," says MIchael,"and I design products."

After receiving his second college diploma in 1971, a B.S. degree in Industrial Design, from the ArtCenter 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 mastered the art of selling as a student salesman for the Southwestern Company for four 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, Michael 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, Michael put all his creative entertainment-related business and manage- ment 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 as- sociation with Sylvia he designed her business organization, created a strong visual business image and managed Sylvia's 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, Academy of Country Music, Brenda Lee, and Lee Greenwood.

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 ten Wal-Mart "Photo Tips"national 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 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 many spec screenplays, including "Witness to the Master," "Color Blind," and "Presumption of Death."

InCahoots Literary, a division of InCahoots Film Entertainment LLC, publishes books and has twenty-three 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 has published Allen's autobiography, "A Legend in my Spare Mind."

When you view his portfolio you will witness an "incomparable diversity." What Michael Allen's mind can believe and visualize is what this renaissance man can create.

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