Another aspect of my early life that has had a profound impact on my work is the sports teams I played on as a kid. An admitted jock — baseball, basketball and stickball — I loved the camaraderie of being on a team and working together toward a common goal as much as I enjoyed the physical aspects of the game. So it followed that — unlike a painter or a writer who works alone — my creative expression would be in a collaborative form. Each new project is like a pick-up game with a new team, as a cast and crew of professionals come together in a raw space or a location to create something out of nothing. That’s the truly fun part of being a media maker.
As a bit of a technophile, I welcome the constant stream of new technology flowing into today’s filmmaking industry. Each advance adds to the filmmaker’s toolbox, offering creative possibilities that were not even conceived of a decade ago. I take advantage of these developments in all my work and am fortunate to be part of today’s sophisticated media environment.
Two other passions include traveling and teaching, both of which I’ve been able to enjoy through my work. Filming has taken me around the world many times. My teaching projects include camera and lighting courses in the United States, Europe and, most recently, a workshop I taught at the Sharjah Media Center near Dubai, United Arab Emirates. My other passion — sports — plays a different role in my life today, the jock in me now getting satisfied by tennis, which is a little easier to pursue than the pick-up games I remember from the streets of Brooklyn.
Michael brings a personal and effective approach to every project he works on.