Michal Shipman

La Mirada, CA

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He became interested in filmmaking in 1992 while watching "The Terror of Mechagodzilla". He would film home movies using a Magnavox VHS Camcorder.

In 1998 he began to learn how the process of filmmaking. Filming with a camera would fun but ultimately the editing process was more captivating. His first attempt to make a narrative short film was a parody of a 007 action hero film. It starred his father, brother, and 6-10 year old cousins. The film was never completed, however the results were promising for a young creative mind. In 2001 he decided to edit films rather film them, though he wasn't opposed to helm the camera. He started editing with Adobe Premiere 6.0, one of the leading editorial tools available at the time.

In 2003 he created his first ever narrative short film, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell Tale Heart." This was also the first time ever working with Dollies, Track, Lighting equipment, and a camera that wasn't a home camcorder, the Canon XL1. This was also the first time ever working with Final Cut Pro Studio. The film was a success and was praised throughout the film program at Battle Ground High School, WA. Michal graduated Battle Ground High School, WA in 2005 receiving an award for "Excellence in Achievement: Outstanding Film Student."

In 2006 he transferred to Biola University and was accepted to their Film, Television, and Radio program.

In 2008 he Directed, Produced, and Edited a narrative short film, "No Way Out". The film was shot with the Panasonic HVX200, color corrected with Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks, and edited with Adobe Premiere CS3. The film won some awards including Best Thriller, Best Supporting Actor, and nominated for Best Sound Design through the Biola Film Festival 2008. It was an official selection at Sundance 2008 and the Thirdscreen Film Festival 2008.

In 2009 he graduated from Biola University with a BA in Film, Television, and Radio. Not far after graduation he Directed and Edited another narrative short film, "The Cold Truth." It was an official selection at the Chicago Comedy Film Festival 2009. He also worked with New Renaissance Pictures feature film, "The Black Dawn," which was sold to NBC and Netflix among many other companies.

In 2010 Michal polished another feature film, "The Message," featuring Erica Leehrsen (Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

In 2011 Michal signed on to an independent feature film, "5th Street," directed by Alex Meader and produced by Eric Martinez.

Presently, Michal is working with Rezlab Entertainment and 5th Steet Films.

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