Hailing from the home of grunge music in Seattle, I started doing two things at a very young age to prepare myself to become a director:
1) Bossing my little sister around and convincing her to do all my chores.
2) Telling stories about gremlins living in my closet so I could sleep with the lights on.
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Flash forward a quarter of a century, and I'm still telling stories. I went to NYU and made an ambitious short film called EMPTY, based loosely on my grandmother’s survival of a death march. The film went on to play at Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, and garnered a multitude of awards, including a Student Emmy and the prestigious ASC Commendation for outstanding cinematography. I signed with CAA as a director and have been fortunate to work with some of the industry’s most prolific producers, including Chris Columbus, Peter Guber, Wolfgang Petersen, among others.
This year, I extended my reach into TV and created "Space, Inc", a scripted behind-the- scenes look at the private space industry, produced by the team that made House of Cards. I also just directed the pilot for “Washed Up”, a stylish half hour comedy in the vein of Jerry Maguire.
But through all of that, I’ve always remained intrigued by commercials. No longer shackled to the 30-second format, it’s become fertile ground for innovative storytelling, and I believe my narrative background in both drama and comedy sets me apart from many of my contemporaries. If I had to describe what kind of director I am, I’d say one that strives to bring authenticity and emotion to my work. I’m interested in one thing above all else -- moving people.
Oh wow, Micah. We never heard that before.
I write this only because I know how easy it is to get caught up in the looks and style of any project. But the story needs to sing too. And I put great emphasis on making sure that it does.
More than anything, my interest in commercials galvanized me to create this site to showcase what I can do on a limited budget. Wild animals testing the online dating scene, superstar athletes playing themselves in video games, and a man washing the woman of his dreams at a car wash are only a few of the fun projects you can watch with a click of a button.