Michael tells stories. He tells them at 24 frames per second. Sometimes 30 and maybe even at 300. He trusts his rhythm. He trusts his instincts. And by doing that he’s always been able to hit the right beats. These beats make moments and those moments make for great films. An artist from childhood, Mike’s interest in filmmaking took hold as he was finishing high school. “I’m convinced I could’ve had a successful future in any of the arts but I gravitated to film because for me, it was all inclusive. Over the years I’ve come to discover that there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing than creatively exploiting images. That’s all editing really is anyway; creative problem solving and unadulterated manipulation. And staying invisible. By that I mean not letting the edit interfere with the viewing experience. If the audience can become immersed in the story, then I’ve done my job. But there’s nothing quite like watching the audience physically react to a moment I’ve created; sweating palms, the unexpected jump, tearing up
at the right moment or just plain screaming.”
Michael honed his story skills on a seven year stint with the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated CBS drama “Touched by an Angel”. 200 episodes later he’d cut across multiple genres and had been able to work with several notable Hollywood directors such as Tim Van Patten (The Sopranos, Game of Thrones), Bethany Rooney (Brothers and Sisters, 90210) and Gene Reynolds (creator of M.A.S.H).
After the series cancellation, Michael teamed with friend and business partner Steve Haugen to form Savage Pictures, a high end post company that focused entirely on long form productions. Savage boasted indie and studio feature work, award winning documentaries and national/international television programming. While at Savage, Michael did work for 20th Century Fox, HBO, Showtime, Discovery, National Geographic, Lifetime, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company, TV4 Sweden and many others while working alongside other notables; Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, World’s Fastest Indian), John Gilbert A.C.E. (The Fellowship of the Ring, Killer Elite) and Michael Landon Jr. (Saving Sarah Cain, The Shunning). Most recently he finished work on Discovery’s “Airplane Repo”, helmed by Matt Renner and Ethan Prochnik of “Deadliest Catch” fame.
Michael isn’t all work though. In his off time he’s a family man, father of three and something of a desert rat. “Being cooped up in a dark edit bay for weeks or months on end can take its toll. I have to counter it with something. For me, it’s losing myself among the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Nothing recharges my creativity more than successfully cheating death.”