Michael is a Los Angeles born filmmaker and a graduate from USC's School of Cinematic Arts (SCA). As a director, Michael has found a voice through witty visual comedy, exposing and exploiting the levity inherent in even the worst of situations. In developing his narratives, Michael looks for every opportunity to cultivate this visual comedy using camera composition, movement, editing, transitions, and blocking to show not tell a joke or convey a plot point visually.
Recently, Michael was selected (out of fifty applicants) to direct one of USC's four senior thesis films. His film, Piggy Bank Proposition, has accrued multiple awards including Best Advanced Student Film at the Catalina Film Festival and the Best Comedy Industry Award at SCA's First Look.
Michael also co-founded AnimalCamp, a now dissolved Production Company and Filmmaker Collective. AnimalCamp produced commissioned work for companies including Blackmagic Design and provided students with paid commercial, music video, and narrative work.
Piggy Bank Proposition
Catalina Film Festival
SEPTEMBER 25 - SEPTEMBER 29 - 2019
- Best Advanced Student Film
- Best Child Actor
San Diego International Film Festival OCTOBER 15 - OCTOBER 18 - 2019
Austin Comedy Film Festival OCTOBER 20 - 2019
- Nominated for Best Comedic Film
Pasadena International Film Festival March - 2020
Chattanooga Film Festival March - 2020
First Look Film Festival
March 11 - 2020
- Best Comedy
JANUARY 25 - 2019
Gene from the Hotline
Blackmagic Film Festival
SEPTEMBER 21 - 2019
- First Place
- Audience Choice Award