College for Creative Studies: Photography


David Tietmeyer

Clear Glass Digital


While at CCS, David Tietmeyer enjoyed all aspects of the photography curriculum. With this open mindedness approach, Tietmeyer took a video production class at CCS as an elective, which changed his life forever.

Tietmeyer finished his senior thesis at CCS with a video production documentary “Inherited Wisdom” which was the first of its kind in the photography department in 1984. During Tietmeyer's senior year at CCS he gained access to more video production equipment by garnishing an internship at the Southwestern Oakland Cable Commission. Shortly after receiving this internship, David was asked to establish the City of Farmington Hills government television cable activities. This lead to a full-time position in 1986 as their Video Division Manager where David will be celebrating his 29th year of service in 2015, and he's never looked back.

Tietmeyer manages the day to day operations, as well as learning, training and executing all aspects of the video production process for all departments to utilize. Here, Tietmeyer and his division have won over 90 awards of excellence for producing television programming for the many city departments, divisions and commissions. He has been nominated seven times for NATAS Michigan Chapter Emmy Awards and has won 3 NATAS Michigan Chapter Emmy Awards He has also received numerous Telly, proclamations and citations for his work.

Tietmeyer also established his own video production company, Clear Glass Digital, where he provides full production and post production services. One of his most recent endeavors, a documentary series, “Fields of Ashes,” is underway chronicling Holocaust survivor stories from WWII. He had opening premiere's at both the Berman Center for the Performing Arts and the Farmington Civic Theater. All proceeds went to a fund that he established to assist student filmmakers with their senior film projects.

Tietmeyer was also involved as the executive producer, director of photography and editor for a nationally syndicated PBS series, “Your Brush with Nature.” This series enjoyed 3 seasons, 39 episodes and took Tietmeyer through southeastern Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee.

After 30 years of being involved in the video production process you get to be involved in many subject matters and genres and Tietmeyer is no exception. From CEOs to the dude at the local skateboard shop, he is there filming.

Even to this day, Tietmeyer can see the faces and recite the names of the CCS faculty that helped him find his way, encouraged his progress and ultimately set him up for a long, successful career as a creative. And he feels the best is yet to come, please stand-by...