HOME

WELCOME to my website!

Please scroll down for more information or chose what you want to read from the menu above.

Have a great day!

ABOUT MIKHAIL

Mikhail born and grew up in Angarsk, Russia, the Eastern Siberia town, some 100 km away from Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world with 80% of its species endemic to it’s environment.

In 1994 Mikhail moved to the United States. Since then, Mikhail lives in Vancouver/Portland metro area. He enjoys the Pacific Northwest, the evergreen environment and friendly people. Mikhail appreciates the rich local environment and diversity of the PNW communities.

In 2012 Mikhail moved Stephenson, VA, in the Eastern United States, to help start a court reporting and litigation support firm. For a couple of years he and his partner lived and worked, 60 miles  west of the Washington, D.C.  For Mikhail the most prominent and memorable feature about Washington D.C. was the National Mall that represented the culture and history of the United States.

In December of 2013, Mikhail and his partner of 12 years got married at the steps of the Washington, D.C. Capitol. Soon after they returned to Portland/Vancouver area, they had a kid.  Mikhail enjoys being a daddy and a husband. The goal in life as his mom always said is to succeed as a human being.  That’s what he continues to strive for as his ultimate goal in life.

EDUCATION

In 1992 Mikhail graduated the high school in Russia and enrolled in the 5-year technological institute Fuel Technology (Technology of Oil and Gas) program in Angarsk, Russia. Two years later, in 1994, he moved to the United States. At that time his English needed much improvement so he enrolled in Mountain View high school as a freshman. In a year and a half, he obtained a high school diploma and picked up enough English to be able to read, write and communicate and to continue his education.

While still in high school, Mikhail participated in several studio projects which contributed to the shift of his interests towards communications, arts, graphic design and video production. In September 95′, Mikhail enrolled in Mt. Hood Community College Television Production Technology Program (currently is an Integrated Media program preparing technologists for broadcast, video, graphic design and photography).  In 1997, Mikhail graduated with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Television Production Technology.  This professional technical program provided a strong foundational knowledge for video, audio, design, still and moving images and techniques, for communications and journalism. This degree helped him begin his career as a multimedia authoring specialist.

With an undergraduate degree in television production, Mikhail enrolled in WSU Vancouver and took Economics and Math prerequisites at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. In 2001, due to mom’s serious illness, Mikhail postponed his educational experience. In 2006, after a fearless battle with cancer, Mikhail’s mom passed away.  In her memory, knowing how much she wanted her son to have a good education, Mikhail resumed his educational journey at Washington State University Vancouver.

In the Fall of 2007 Mikhail enrolled in the Creative Media & Digital Culture Program (CMDC). This program compiled a great collection of courses to build a strong set of skills in digital communications and multimedia authoring, to utilize in a wide range of culturally diverse and technologically complex multimedia environments. Mikhail graduated in May, 2011 with the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Technology and Culture. But this was not over. Apparently, Mikhail has a thing for learning.

In the fall of 2017 Mikhail enrolled and began to work on his masters degree at Washington State University – Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. The Master of Arts – MA in Strategic Communications (expected in Spring 2019) entails a variety of studies including public relations and effective communication management for business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Creative and persuasive communication, building on mutually beneficial long-term relationships between organizations and their publics. With the emphasis on writing, research and management principles through courses in Communication & Society, Journalism & Media Production, Marketing, and Strategic Communication, Mikhail hopes to achieve the status of a effective communicator.

WORK

During his second year in the Television Production Technology Program (now Integrated Media Program) at Mt. Hood Community College, Mikhail was hired as an intern at Clark/Vancouver Television (CVTV), an award winning government access station.  After graduating Mt. Hood Community College, he became a production assistant, performing a variety of duties from shooting B-roll, to directing live events, to producing monthly programming for cablecast.

The experience at CVTV was simply invaluable for Mikhail because he got to utilize his Television Production degree and grow his professional experience while working along side local, state, and often federal government officials. He worked on promotional videos, one-camera and multi-camera live and live-to-tape productions. Some of the programming include annual Marshal Lectures, Republican and Democratic conventions, elections coverage, promotional videos, and many other community programming.

In 2000, Mikhail was offered a playback operator position at TV ETC – The Vancouver Educational Telecommunications Consortium in Clark County, WA.  This job entailed a wide variety of duties, from monitoring and maintaining broadcast of three cable access channels, to working on schedules, collaborating with members of the consortium on cable programming and designing graphics for reader board.  Mikhail worked with IP-based broadcasting equipment, Comcast on-demand media upload interface, utilizing his knowledge in scheduling and digital asset management.

Between 2004 and 2008, Mikhail and his spouse owned and operated video production business. He strived for a 100% satisfaction among the clients, some of his work won awards. Due to his further pursuit of educational goals, he decided to close his video production operation.

Between 2004 and 2007 Mikhail served on the Employee Representative Council at the Education Service District 112. He received the Spirit of ESD award for the can do attitude in exemplifying the mission of the organization.  Mikhail enjoyed working with a diverse team of dedicated professionals supporting K-12 education in the Southwest Washington.

In 2012 Mikhail moved to Virginia to establish a court reporting firm that employed veterans as technology reporters for courts, hearings, depositions and other legal proceedings.  After a couple years Mikhail gained some valuable experience and business practices and returned to Portland Vancouver area. For about a year, he resumed his employment with ESD 112 on a part time basis while freelancing and working on projects for clients in legal and other fields with web, graphic design, multimedia authoring and digital media development.

Between 2014 and 2018 Mikhail managed a digital print center at adidas North America corporate headquarters, in Portland, OR.

Currently Mikhail is a graphic designer / corporate print services for Kroger Fred Meyer  preparing graphics for print production, build and design wide format and standard materials for corporate print services, collaborate with marketing and designers on collateral deliverables distributed to Fred Meyer, QFC and other Kroger brands.

Mikhail is looking forward to advancing into strategic communications field with the expected Masters degree in Strategic Communications from Edward R Murrow College. In addition to Mikhail’s work experience in multimedia content creation and management, he is obtaining valuable skills from a high-ranking college of communications in the nation. Some of the areas of Mikhail’s study and research are Persuasion for Professional Communications, Ethics for Communication Professionals, Research Methods, Consumer Behavior and Brand Development and Marketing Communication Management.

For more information please view Mikhail’s portfolio page.

Contact Mikhail directly.

View Mikhail Oparin's profile on LinkedIn

PORTFOLIO

STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS PROJECTS:
Advanced media tools authoring, planning, design and delivery of integrated promotional campaigns across earned, owned and paid channels.
View Strategic communications site ↦


MULTIMEDIA AUTHORING PROJECTS:
Examples of Mikhail’s current and past work.
View Bēhance Portfolio ↦

Legal Website Design, 2014

Annual Company Report, 2014

Web Development, Print, Digital Media, Video, 2013

Web Development, Print and Digital Media, 2012

Web Development, 2012

Multimedia Project, Web Development, Video 2011

Large Format Posters, 2010


SELECTED GRAPHIC EXAMPLES:
Examples of Mikhail’s digital and print materials designs.


VIDEO PLAYLIST OF TELEVISION AND VIDEO PRODUCTION PIECES
Choose from playlist or click the play icon (►) to view videos: