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Michael has worked as a director in the film and television industry over the past 15 years, contributing greatly to the overall success of the critically acclaimed television series Forensic Files. Having directed over 275 episodes over the span of 10 years, Michael helped evolve the overall look of the show’s dramatic reenactments, and set a standard for all reenactments in the true crime genre. Working as both a director and cinematographer, Michael’s talent lies in creating a dramatic visual story, while maintaining the realism of these true-to-life scenarios. Michael pushed creative boundaries by incorporating high-energy action and stunt sequences into the show, helping keep Forensic Files the continued leader of the true crime genre. His experience in coordinating the action and composition of moving vehicles helped him develop into a successful Director/DP of both car commercials and stunt driving sequences for film and television.Understanding what tools are necessary to achieve visually dynamic driving sequences, Michael is also one of the top operators of Filmotechnic’s Sci-Tech Academy Award-winning RUSSIAN ARM SYSTEM. The Russian Arm is the premiere tool and industry leader for filming stunt driving sequences and running footage. Michael’s work has taken him all over the US and Europe, shooting feature films, television shows, and national commercials. His work has been seen in such television and films as The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, We’re the Millers, The Accountant and Paper Towns, and in commercial spots for Jeep, BMW, Chevrolet, Fiat, etc.
We will have lots of events coming up
Renedzvous Music Film Festival 6/2-4
Orlando Ultimate Mixer 6/14
2nd Qrt Meeting 6/29
WIFT- Speed Networking
So stay tuned !
May Another Very Busy Month
Central FL WIFT WED 5/25 was a great night out : It was "Lobster Night" at the Orlando Ale House in Winter Park an over 50 people came out to network with fellow members. It was great to see faculty members from Orlando Tech College, and Valencia College have their students show up (now becoming members of our student branch . The networking began at 6pm and the last group left at 12am.
Miami South/FL Branch : Wift members attended FilmGate Interactive in Miami
Daytona Beach Branch: 5/2/16 Board Member Alexa Sheehan become Daytona Beach coordinator. 5/4 WIFT-Wed
Jacksonville Branch: 5/2/16 Courtney Gardner is becomes WIFT-FL Board Member representing the JV Branch. Jacksonville Film Office & StoryHub become corporate members. 5/18 JV WIFT-Wed was a packed house
Tampa Bay Branch: Gasparilla Film Festival & Sunscreen Film Festival