SprocketHeads is Alaska’s Film, Television and Commercial Production Headquarters. We produce and provide production services for feature films, commercials, network programming, contemporary documentaries, news, non-profits and music videos. We’re the only Alaska-based production company that is full service, carries comprehensive insurance, is a union signatory for commercials…. and has a RED EPIC-W 8K camera package. SprocketHeads provides key personnel and core support to high-end productions including cinematography, casting, renting and sourcing equipment, hiring a crew and running payroll. Remote locations and extreme adventures are specialties. We partner with Mountain Safety Logistics (MSL) and Conundrum Ventures for safety and location scouting and permitting. We’re also a UHD post-production facility.
SprocketHeads’ DP/OP, Steven L. Rychetnik, is currently splitting his time between Alaska and Georgia and is represented by Matt Birch at APA.
Established in 1995.
Rychetnik is the sole Alaska-based Director of Photography member of IATSE Local 600, the International Cinematographers Guild, and the only local cinematographer who is selected to shoot the major feature films shot in the state. With more than 30 years of experience, Rychetnik is known for his ability to capture heroic scenics, intimate scenes and vividly cast characters. Rychetnik’s work spans commercial shoots on primeval glaciers to tight, run-and-gun shoots embedded with the U.S. Army Special Forces training operations. He moves easily between UHD and film formats, achieving superior results for feature films, network programming and news, documentary films, high-end commercials, corporate marketing films and social media. Feature Film credits include: SANDY WEXLER (Happy Madison/Netflix), THE FROZEN GROUND (Amber Entertainment/Lionsgate), BIG MIRACLE (Universal Pictures/Working Title Films), BEYOND (Crystal Sky Pictures), BABY GENIUSES (Crystal Sky Worldwide). Other clients include: GREAT BIG STORY (CNN), POTUS IN ALASKA (CBS News), RUSSIAN FIGHTER INTERCEPTS (Fox News), NFL NETWORK – FOOTBALL TOWN: BARROW (Leftfield Entertainment), VERIZON (Harpoon Pictures), STATE OF ALASKA TOURISM (Brilliant Media Strategies), REAL ARCTIC, REAL PEOPLE (Shell International Ltd.), KIDZ BOP (Razor & Tie), VOLVO CARS OF NORTH AMERICA (Haberman), SPORTMASTER/SOCHI OLYMPICS (Assassins Creative), ARBY’S (Washington Square Films), THE AVIATOR SERIES: ATTITUDE FLYING WITH DICK RUTAN (Fly Right Films), ALEUT STORY (PBS), and all major networks. Steve Rychetnik’s broad range of experience—including being a lifelong recording and performing musician—creativity, easy-going manner and get-the- shot work ethic has made him a highly sought-after cinematographer. Although Alaska is Rychetnik’s backyard, and Georgia is his home away from home, he travels all over the USA and internationally for productions.
Director / Writer / Producer
With more than four decades of experience Marla Williams brings essential creative and editorial skills to your project – as well as critical budgetary expertise and accountability, logistical and crew management skills. She has more than 25 years of experience working in rural and urban Alaska. Ms. Williams directs, writes and produces documentary films for television and web-based distribution. She also creates outreach and branding films for major corporations, governments and non-profit organizations. She is the director of the documentary series MAGNETIC NORTH, now in production (release late 2017) for public television and web. Other film credits include the highly praised ALEUT STORY, recently recognized as a film of historical significance by the American Archive of Public Television, a project of the Library of Congress and WGBH. Her documentary work has aired on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, ESPN/ESPN2, The Discovery Channel, The Food Network, and The Travel Channel. Her work has also been syndicated for international distribution. Known for her sensitive and thoughtful approach to subjects, Ms. Williams excels at filming real people, including those grappling with profound life experiences. However, she is equally at home with Hollywood celebrities and political VIPS. As a documentary producer and journalist, she has worked with A-list talent and world leaders. Ms. Williams routinely works with challenging field conditions, budget constraints and deadline pressures. She is experienced in remote location work including air-to-air/air-to-ground film shoots, watercraft and land vehicles. She has a practical, working knowledge of a variety of digital and film formats including the RED Epic.
Carolyn K. Robinson
Owner / Executive Producer
Carolyn K. Robinson is the owner and executive producer of SprocketHeads, Alaska’s only high-end production, production services, and post company in Alaska. Robinson works closely with film industry decision-makers and Alaska’s private and public sector leaders to ensure dynamic and cost-effective productions. Her deep connections open doors to unique production opportunities. Robinson’s years of experience in Alaska and beyond, including her work as a producer for Discovery Channel International Productions (Maryland and London) and Gannett’s USA Today on TV, have honed her abilities to deliver and manage memorable productions on time and on budget. Robinson’s documentary projects include the award-winning film ALEUT STORY – for which she secured EMMY award-winner Martin Sheen, public broadcasting distribution, cash and in-kind contributions totaling more than $1 million – and ALASKA’S BUSH PILOTS: ON LOCATION WITH JARED LETO (Turner Original Productions). Credits include Alaska production supervisor 2nd Unit SANDY WEXLER (Happy Madison/Netflix), Alaska production supervisor HUNTER KILLER (Relativity Media); production services for BIG MIRACLE (Universal Pictures/Working Title Films), BEYOND (Crystal Sky Productions), BABY GENIUSES (Crystal Sky Worldwide) and Additional Photography on TRANSFORMERS (Dreamworks); and Alaska producer on MTV’s MUSIC IN HIGH PLACES: GOO GOO DOLLS. Robinson produced commercials for five Alaska gubernatorial campaigns and one US congressional race. She is the executive producer of the STATE OF ALASKA TOURISM campaign production and is executive producing short films for the Washington, DC-based global non-profit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Robinson has a B.A. in French Literature and Telecommunications & Film. Robinson is an outstanding team builder with a proven ability to choose the best crew to produce and support high-end and complex productions. Want to shoot in Alaska? Make Carolyn Robinson your first call.
LAUREN W. SCOTT
Lauren W. Scott is adept at identifying Real People and local actors with that “certain something,” and delivers the talent. Need 300 principal and background players delivered in a week? She’s done it. Need Real People with specialized skills delivered? She’s done it. Want to cast on-location without disrupting filming? She’s done that too. An excellent communicator, Lauren is well organized, well connected, patient, persistent and can be relied upon to exceed your expectations. Clients include ŠKODA (Armada Films), DELL (Dell Blue Studios), VERIZON (Harpoon Pictures), KIDZ BOP (Razor & Tie), SPORTMASTER “Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics” (Assassins Creative), STATE OF ALASKA TOURISM (Brilliant Media Strategies), Imperial Woodpecker and The Emakina Group. Feature film clients include Alaska extras casting for HUNTER KILLER (Relativity Media) and body doubles casting for SANDY WEXLER (Happy Madison/Netflix). Lauren also works as on-screen and voice over talent.
Editorial & Portrait Photographer
SprocketHeads’ freelance photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska, Josh’s current work focuses on the concepts of family, culture, and community in the context of the shifting geopolitical and environmental landscapes of the Arctic. He has a masters degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and has lived in Afghanistan, the Philippines, England, Italy, and Mexico. In 2014, he participated in the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, and in 2016 was a Rasmuson Foundation grantee. He is currently completing a 3-year Advanced Mentored Study Program in Long-term Documentary Photography under the mentorship of James Estrin and Ed Kashi. Besides SprocketHeads, Josh works for a diverse group of clients including Outside Magazine, The New York Times, and Newsweek.
Assistant Director / Production Manager
An experienced and highly respected AD/PM, D.K. Johnston efficiently and cost-effectively guides productions from concept to final product, providing outstanding management for a range of services. From permitting, budgeting, wrangling crews and extras to coordinating project transportation and aerial shots, D.K. delivers. D.K. holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from the New York Film Academy and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage (where D.K. later taught as an adjunct professor). Commercial credits include: SPECTRUM BUSINESS, VOLVO CARS OF NORTH AMERICA (Haberman), GOOGLE APP MAKER, VERIZON (Harpoon Pictures), COLORADO LOTTERY, ARBY’S (Washington Square Films), KIDZ BOP (Razor & Tie), AMERICAN EXPRESS, QUICKBOOKS SMALL BUSINESS, COORS BREWING CO., SPORTMASTER/SOCHI OLYMPICS (Assassins Creative), AUDI USA, and various political campaigns. Feature Film credits include: Ritesh Batra’s OUR SOULS AT NIGHT, Alex Harvey’s WALDEN, Andrew Kightlinger’s TATER TOT AND PATTON, Peter Paul Basler’s ICE, Scott Douglas Brown’s STADIUM ANTHEMS, Kelly Reichardt’s NIGHT MOVES, Frank Hall Green’s WILDLIKE, and Scott Walker’s THE FROZEN GROUND. D.K. divides his time between Alaska and Colorado.
Karen Tallent is the production coordinator on the elite SprocketHeads team. Whether on the set of a local commercial in a warm studio or a feature film in a blizzard, Karen provides experienced and calm organizational wizardry to your production. Credits include: SANDY WEXLER (2nd Unit, Happy Madison/ Netflix), SKODA (Armada Films), LIFE OF DOGS (Plimsoll Productions/Discovery International), CHASING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, THE LIBRARY THAT CHECKS OUT DEAD ANIMALS, THE ONLY B-GIRL IN ALASKA, DEDICATING THEIR LIVES TO SLED DOGS, WE’RE NOT IN WHOVILLE ANYMORE, FASHION MODEL TO SLED DOG MUSHER, SAILING SOLO AROUND THE WORLD, ANCIENT INK REBORN (CNN: Great Big Story), Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Cook Inlet Native Head Start, Firefighters Operation Warmth-Coats for Kids Karen is also the premier Alaska certified Studio Teacher, providing on-set educational instruction for minors and insuring compliance with state labor laws. Studio Teacher credits include: THE FROZEN GROUND (Amber Entertainment/Lionsgate), BIG MIRACLE (Universal Pictures/Working Title Films), 50 FIRST DATES (Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures), Karen’s last name is Tallent with good reason.