About

I used to be a musician called Sir Millard Mulch / Dr. Zoltan.

Now I am an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles. (Morgan Agren’s Conundrum, The Death of Superman Lives… What Happened?, Apocalypse Later: Harold Camping vs. The End of the World, and Downhill: The Bill Johnson Story.)
I am the author of 10 Myths About Introverts and So, You’re A Creative Genius… Now What?

I live with many animal friends: dog, cat, reptiles, birds.
I love sci-fi / fantasy / superhero movies, and am part-owner of The Walt Disney Company.
I almost exclusively eat burrito bowls, am married to an Argentinian death metal business intelligence chick, and I am a proud INTJ.

I am the lead video producer for GuitarTricks.com and my studio has done over 1,000 shoot days for them since 2008.

You’re welcome to send me an email any time. Ask me any technical question you have. carl@carlkingdom.com

FILMMAKING

I am an independent filmmaker. My focus is documentaries, behind-the-scenes, and fun promo videos.
My largest-scale self-produced film is a feature-length documentary about Swedish drummer, Morgan Ågren. It follows Morgan on TWO trips to Los Angeles in 2012, and includes guest appearances by Dweezil Zappa, Brendon Small, Mike Keneally, Marco Minnemann, Devin Townsend, Tosin Abasi, Simon Phillips, Joe Travers, Raanen Bozzio, Daedelus, Milldrix Pulchers, Danny Carey of Tool, Thomas Lang, and Dave Elitch of Mars Volta. We raised over $17k on Kickstarter for it.
I have also worked as a cinematographer, producer, and story consultant for the independent films The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? starring Kevin Smith and Tim Burton, Apocalypse Later: Harold Camping vs. The End of the World, and DownHill: The Bill Johnson Story.
I am the lead video producer for GuitarTricks.com and my studio has done over 1,000 shoot days for them since 2008.
My latest project is a “making of” documentary for Dweezil Zappa’s first album in 10 years.

MUSIC

Before I got into filmmaking, weird musician kids knew me as Sir Millard Mulch and Dr. Zoltan Øbelisk. Under those names I did music career things with Marco Minnemann, Virgil Donati, Nick D’Virgilio, Morgan Agren, Paul Mazurkiewics, Trey Spruance of Mr. Bungle, Steve Vai’s Favored Nations, Eman Laerton, Dave Meros, Nils Frykdahl, Lale Larson, Larry Boothroyd, and Devin Townsend. My albums got great reviews in Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Kerrang, and Decibel Magazine.

WRITING

The most popular piece I’ve written was a blog titled 10 Myths About Introverts. I wrote it in 2008. it went viral, was posted on Wired.com and Owl City’s Blog, and has been read by two million people on my site by now. Many have reposted and taken credit for it, and it spawned a lot of imitations. Yeah, it’s my fault.
As an author, I have a book deal with MWP, publishers of Save The Cat! and Hardware Wars. My book, called So, You’re A Creative Genius… Now What? was published and is available everywhere as of June 2011. On the other side of the spectrum I created and wrote a sci-fi / fantasy animated TV show concept called The Mysterious Octopus. And a sci-fi short story on iPad, Kindle, and Nook called Cuyahoga!
My articles / essays have been published in 2600 (The Hacker Quarterly), mental_floss, and INK19. As an offbeat journalist I have interviewed Katy Perry & The Matrix Production Team, 1999 Playboy Playmate of the Year Heather Kozar, Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt, Trey Spruance of Mr. Bungle & Faith No More, Billy Sheehan, Devin Townsend of Strapping Young Lad, Nils Frykdahl of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Negativland, Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion, Rock Guitarist Steve Vai, Tim Soya, Craig Anton, Ani DiFranco’s Merch Girl, and Ween.

PERSONAL

I was born in Willoughby, Ohio and grew up in South Venice, Florida.
My sense of humor is dry and based on non-sequiturs. I say “Naked Men” a lot for no reason.
I live with many animal friends: dog, cat, reptiles, birds.
I love sci-fi / fantasy / superhero movies, and am part-owner of The Walt Disney Company.
I almost exclusively eat burrito bowls, am married to an Argentinian death metal business intelligence chick, and I am a proud INTJ.

TRIVIA

The character Millard (my middle name) in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is named after me. (I went to high school and, on occasion, played garage rock with Ransom.) The book is now being made into a feature film directed by Tim Burton. Release date: 2016.
Check out The Real CARL KING TV Show.

INTERVIEWS

Self-Interview, 1997

Interview In Some German Magazine, 2005

Interview For Xtreme Music, 2005

Interview by Blake Griffith, 2009

Interview For New England Institute of Technology, 2011

A Conversation With Carl King: Creativity Post, 2012

Make Weird Music Interview, 2014

CONTACTING ME

You’re welcome to send me an email any time. Ask me any technical question you have. carl@carlkingdom.com

Awards

W3 Gold Award

2011 W3 Gold

Web Video - Educational/Training
Guitar Tricks
W3 Silver Award

2011 W3 Silver

How-To/Instructional Video
Guitar Tricks
Davey Silver Award

2011 Davey Award Silver

Weird & Experimental Video
Guitar Tricks

My Gear

Blackmagic Design
Kino Flo
Lowel
Cubase
Sony
iZotope
Adobe
Apple
Canon
Vic Firth