In Deep Films Introduction
We founded In Deep Films in 2006 and have since filmed travel documentaries, independently and cooperatively, across Asia. We also have produced custom films for companies both small and large. Please read up on us below, as well as follow the other links above, to explore our wide range of work.
Before he came to China, Dave Kellogg worked as a journalist in the U.S., first freelancing for National Public Radio and affiliates, and later writing fulltime for a local newspaper in Washington state. As a reporter, he covered the military beat. Some of his most rewarding stories came through embedding into military rescue operations in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and U.S. military operations in Germany, Qatar and central Iraq.
In 2006, he moved to China to help found Qingdao American International School. At the same time, he crossed the threshold from print journalism to create documentaries. Collaborating with his friend and colleague Brendan Madden, the two produced an hour-long film about the China Olympics for Haier, a Fortune-500 company. Afterwards, the two filmed numerous other travel documentaries in such locations as China, Macau, Tibet, Nepal, Thailand, Mongolia, Turkey, India (Kashmir), Iran and Iraq for companies such as Trip Films and Lonely Planet.
In 2010 and 2011, Dave and Brendan worked full-time as TV hosts and directors for Blue Ocean Network, a private media company based in Beijing but broadcasting across the U.S. via cable and satellite. For BON, the two have co-anchored and co-produced a 15-part reality travel series set in Xinjiang, China. They co-created, co-hosted and co-produced 30-minute episodes of China Driven, a travel series in which they drive across China. Dave also hosted a 30-minute travel special on Beijing, China and directed a 30-minute special on Zhengzhou, China.
Most recently, Dave and Brendan produced at 50-minute documentary on climbing Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America. The film is being featured in multiple film festivals and events both in the U.S. and China.
Dave earned his undergraduate degree from Western Washington University, majoring in English Creative Writing and Spanish; as well as post-bachelorette certification from Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania for Secondary Education. He also
earned his master’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Secondary
Education. He speaks three languages: English, Spanish and Chinese.
Brendan Madden, working as a city planner in Seattle and making bank, as well as playing lead guitar in a band called Cast of Characters, decided to go for a major change in his life: he moved to China. Apparently, his side-adventures surfing in Peru, playing ice hockey in Moscow and skiing in Switzerland wasn’t enough.
In China, he helped found Qingdao American International School, setting up the science and athletic departments. Also, with his friend and colleague Dave Kellogg, he created In Deep Films.
Brendan is as adventuresome as they come. He has since ridden a mountain bike to Everest, motorcycled across Thailand, scuba-dived in Indonesia, bungee jumped in Macau, road-tripped Iran, and skied Iraq — the whole while making sure the camera was recording. Meanwhile, ever the musician, he also established the Dama Llamas, one of China's fastest up and coming rock bands.
In 2010 and 2011, Brendan and Dave worked full-time as TV hosts and directors for Blue Ocean Network, a private media company based in Beijing but broadcasting across the U.S. via cable and satellite. For BON, the two have co-anchored and co-produced a 15-part reality travel series set in Xinjiang, China. They have also co-hosted and co-produced three 30-minute episodes of China Driven, a travel series in which they drive across China. Brendan also hosted a 30-minute travel special on Zhengzhou, China and directed a 30-minute special on Beijing.
Most recently, Brendan hosted a driving series for the German car manufacturer Audi. He drove from Beijing to Hong Kong, introducing the best natural, cultural and historical sites in route. He and Dave also produced at 50-minute documentary on climbing Mt. McKinley, the highest peak in North America. The film is being featured in multiple film festivals and events both in the U.S. and China.
Brendan graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Science. Bilingual in English and Chinese (as well as comfortable with French), he is currently living in Beijing, China, earning a master's degree in Secondary Education, touring China with the Dama Llamas, and planning his next adventure…