Throughout high school, Black Anvil was a one-man shop, writing, directing, shooting, editing, and delivering corporate marketing videos and TV commercials for various Nebraska businesses.
By the time Mike was in college (University of Nebraska, Lincoln), Black Anvil had a handful of employees and Mike began to focus his efforts on directing and cinematography, shooting video for such international producers as History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.
After moving to Los Angeles in 2006, Mike continued to work as a cinematographer while directing and producing shorts films (some award winning) in his spare time. In 2011, he made his feature directorial debut with the action film, The Survival Game.
|Control Group GB108||Writer/Director||Feature||(current)|
|The Survival Game||Director||Feature||2011|
|Massive Moves||Cinematographer||TV Series||2010|
|Rye Street||Co-writer/Director||Web Series||2008|
|Mega Disasters||Cinematographer||TV Series||2006-2008|
|Dirt Track Racer||Director||TV Pilot||2006|
|Persistence of Loss||Director||Short||2005|
Nominee, Best Short, Burbank International Film Festival, “Ugly”
Winner, Best Short Film, Nebraska Film Festival, “Untitled”
Winner, Best Cinematography, Nebraska Film Festival, “Happenchance”
Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, Colorist, Visual Effects, DIT
Canon c300, RED One, Sony F900, Panasonic Varicam, Canon 5D, Canon 7D, Sony F350, Sony EX1, Sony EX3, Arriflex SR3, Sony Z1U, Panasonic HVX200
Avid Media Composers, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Apple Color, Assimilate Scratch, Avid Pro Tools, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Final Draft, Movie Magic Budgeting, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.F.A Theatre with Emphasis on Film and New Media 2001-2005