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Mike Corkle began his professional filmmaking career at the age of 15 when he formed Black Anvil Productions in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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.


Films/Digital Experience

Control Group GB108 Writer/Director Feature (current)
The Survival Game Director Feature 2011
Massive Moves Cinematographer TV Series 2010
Ugly Writer/Director Short 2009
Scavenger Assistant Director Short 2009
Rye Street Co-writer/Director Web Series 2008
Mega Disasters Cinematographer TV Series 2006-2008
Elixir Cinematographer Short 2007
Dirt Track Racer Director TV Pilot 2006
Persistence of Loss Director Short 2005
Happenchance Cinematographer 16mm Short 2005
Untitled Director Short 2004


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

Camera Experience

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