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Mike provides a range of services in the theatre and photography realms. Services range from photographic documentation to presentations, tours, historical research, videos, and interactive classes.


Contact Mike here Link opens in new window to discuss your next project.

Photography

Mike provides an array of photography services specializing in capturing the architecture of theatre and live events. His specialty is documenting theatres through photography and original research. You can read more about Mike’s theatre photoshoot process here, and read up about his theatre research here.

Event Photography

Mike is a regular event photographer for the Los Angeles Conservancy Link opens in new window, the largest membership-based historic preservation body in the United States. Mike’s event photography for the Conservancy has been featured both nationally (National Trust for Historic Preservation Link opens in new window) and internationally (Vanity Fair Link opens in new window).

Historic Preservation & Documentation

Mike photographing the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in Texas
Mike photographing the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in Texas

Although not working with the outdated requirements of large-format black-and-white film cameras as required for the Historic American Building Survey Link opens in new window, Mike has carried-out photographic surveys for historic preservation requirements in theatres from California to Texas.

Mike’s attention to detail for photographing areas often unseen by audiences has proven his ability to thoroughly document historic theatre spaces on both sides of the curtain.

Mike has authored, and contributed to, written reports on historic theatres in the Los Angeles area and beyond, focusing on rehabilitation, preservation, and activation.


Architectural & Promotional Photography

Mike photographing the Alex Theatre in Glendale
Mike photographing the Alex Theatre in Glendale

Mike’s work as an architectural photographer can be seen promoting many theatres across the United States and United Kingdom. He has provided theatre photos to well-known theatre owners, managers, and promoters such as:

In addition to countless independent theatres in the UK and US. For full details of Mike’s theatre photoshoot process, click here.


Videography

Mike shooting on location for the Los Angeles Conservancy in 2020
Mike shooting on location for the Los Angeles Conservancy in 2020

Mike has created a large number of video productions, most notably virtual presentations for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation (LAHTF) Link opens in new window during the COVID-19 pandemic when live events moved to virtual programming.

LAHTF presented a series of webinars called Coffee & Conversation, consisting of presentations on theatre-related topics followed by live Q&A sessions. Mike researched, shot, and edited many of the presentations for LAHTF.

In early 2021 LAHTF presented their Los Angeles Theatres At Risk for 2021. Mike scripted and researched the project, coordinating and editing the final product. You can watch the 50-minute presentation here on YouTube Link opens in new window.

Mike worked with the Los Angeles Conservancy Link opens in new window on a video tour of Los Angeles called “L.A. Vintage Cool” Link opens in new window for the Association of Architecture Organizations’ Virtual City Walks: International Edition Link opens in new window program which ran in early 2021.

Mike single-handedly took the script from page-to-screen for the Conservancy, filming at locations across Los Angeles, directing shots and action, and editing all content into a 30-minute virtual tour.

The professional-level production was hailed as the highlight of the Virtual City Walks program. You can watch “L.A. Vintage Cool” by clicking here Link opens in new window.


Tours, Presentations, Public Speaking, & Webinars

Mike speaking to an audience at the historic Globe Theatre in Los Angeles (photo courtesy Wendell Benedetti)
Mike speaking to an audience at the historic Globe Theatre in Los Angeles (photo courtesy Wendell Benedetti)

Mike is no stranger to public speaking and regularly leads theatre tours for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Link opens in new window in addition to providing tour backup and photography services to the Los Angeles Conservancy Link opens in new window.

In his role as a member of the Board of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Link opens in new window Mike has spoken at an array of city meetings in Southern California where historic theatres are at risk.

Mike presenting a webinar for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation
Mike presenting a webinar for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation

Mike has also privately presented photographic guidance workshops to select photographic groups in the Los Angeles area. Mike has a selection of proven presentations and workshops and is available to work on bespoke requirements for specialist groups.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Mike hosted numerous webinar presentations about theatres in the Los Angeles County area for the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Link opens in new window, including those at risk of demolition or redevelopment. The presentations won accolades from historic preservation groups, screen stars, and the City of Los Angeles.


Historical Research, Reports, Assessments, & Consultation

Mike photographing the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London
Mike photographing the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in London

Mike is a consultant with Historic Stage Services Link opens in new window and has worked on historic/technical assessments of theatres in the Southern California area.

Mike has conducted many in-depth historical research projects on theatres, publishing his findings on his website Historic Theatre Photography Link opens in new window.

As part of his work with the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Link opens in new window Mike has authored and edited Historic Cultural Monument applications for the City of Los Angeles leading to the recognition of historic landmarks within Los Angeles’ built environment.

Through his extensive experience of historic theatres across several countries Mike is able to provide informed advice on redevelopment projects. He has also contributed to reports on the technical feasibility of developments at theatres both in the United States and the United Kingdom, with several projects having benefited positively for his input.


Atmospheric Theatres

Mike has conducted extensive research into the Atmospheric theatre style Link opens in new window, a theatre design style which was popular in 1920s particularly in the United States. Simply put, atmospheric theatres were designed to evoke the sense of being transported to a far-off exotic outdoor location. The most popular design styles were Spanish and Italian, however the atmospheric theatre style includes theatres designed to look like Mesoamerican temples, Japanese Tea Gardens, Medieval Castles, and even a Dutch Village complete with rotating windmills!

Mike partnered with the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation Link opens in new window to create an 80-minute video documentary on atmospheric theatres across the United States and the rest of the world. The documentary has been replayed numerous times including for the staff of the Center Theatre Group Link opens in new window in Los Angeles, and as a special co-presentation with the UK-based Cinema Theatre Association Link opens in new window.

You can read more about Mike’s research into the atmospheric theatre style on his dedicated Atmospherics micro-site here.

If you’re interested in viewing the “Escaping into Atmospherics” video, a co-production with the L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation, please contact Mike by email Link opens in new window.


Plan Drawing & Model Making

CAD Lighting Plan
CAD Lighting Plan

Mike has a library of CAD plans of theatres in the United Kingdom where he spent over 20 years drawing set, stage, and lighting plans for a multitude of productions. You can see an archive of Mike’s work over at theatre.mikehume.com Link opens in new window.

To produce accurate and elaborate lighting plans Mike created a library of popular lighting fixtures and later released the library into the public domain, enabling other lighting designers to use accurate representations of lighting fixtures in their lighting plans.

Model of the Earl Carroll Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles
Model of the Earl Carroll Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles

Mike has participated in the production of scale drawings for theatre surveys in the United States using professional CAD tools. He is also adept at performing measurement surveys of venues and creating plans from the survey.

Mike constructed set models for a number of theatrical productions in the United Kingdom between 2003 and 2010. More recently, Mike made a working scale model of the Earl Carroll Theatre in Hollywood (Los Angeles) to demonstrate the theatre’s double revolving stage, three-story tower revolve, rising orchestra pit, and performer lift. The model has been shown on television and in the local media.


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Mike photographing at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (photo courtesy Claudia Mullins)
Mike photographing at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles (photo courtesy Claudia Mullins)

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