Michael started out shooting no-budget skit shows on a VHS-C camera. Attended New York Film Academy in the summer of 1998, where he also produced his first short film, The Day the Mimes Pushed Back, which premiered on IFILM.com to good reviews.
In the fall of 1999, Michael co-founded Up on the Roof productions and moved into the digital age with his first DV short, The Hero. The story of an ordinary man who finds himself saving a damsel in distress placed in the top ten of the TriggerStreet.com Season 2 Online Festival and won “Best in Category” at the 2003 Dragon*con Short Film Festival.
He produced his first feature in the summer of 2003 with Save the Forest, an indie comedy about hapless movie theater employees who try to save their endangered cinema from destruction. The movie found a home with the Newmark/Echelon Entertainment Company and is available for sale on several websites and for rent on Netflix.
Keeping those writing and directing muscles flexed, Michael produced One Up in 2005, a short film which currently enjoys outstanding reviews on Triggerstreet.com. The DV short was also an official selection at the 2005 Coney Island Film Festival, 2005 Long Island International Film Expo, 2007 FYLMZ Festival (Nashville), 2007 Staten Island Film Festival and Wildsound Feedback Festival (Toronto).
He has since followed that up with the 2007 short Running in Place and several campaign ads for the Kinko for President on-line campaign. In 2010, Up on the Roof LLC premiered their first web series, The Puzzle Maker's Son, which has enjoyed a nice run with critics and fellow content creators.
Michael is currently in post production for Up on the Roof's newest project - The web series, Scenes from the Movies, which will premiere on-line in June of 2011 on TangoDango.com. To reach Michael simply email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.