about Michael

I am a director, DP, editor and storyteller.

My greatest joy is helping a client realize and enhance their vision. Be it a clever thirty-second spot or feature-length narrative, I am always seeking to discover and visually express that which connects us as humans.

I've finished over a dozen feature films including four as director of photography and three as gaffer/lighting director. My credits include numerous commercials, industrials, music videos, short form narratives, and the 2008 Oscar nominated documentary “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.”

I started in production in 1988 as a 3D animator/compositor for a large architectural firm in Houston where I received an intense introduction to light, form, color, and composition as well as extensive experience in visual effects, compositing, editing, and directing. After a couple years as a freelance broadcast graphics designer, I moved to Austin in 1995 to work as a writer, director, and animator for Origin Systems, a computer game developer. I became serious about building a narrative film career in 1996 when I when I lit my first 16mm film, “Mama Dearest.” In January 2006, I retired from the game industry and became a freelance director of photography full time.

Today, when I'm not busy fabricating something out of wood or metal, I can be found on set, framing a shot.

Perhaps, we should work together. I look forward to the opportunity to explore the possibilities.