On September 21, 2018 I directed the promo for the feature film Soundbite. It serves as both a promo for the feature film as well as material for the new online digital short form horror platform: Horror House Media, under Supreme Minds Entertainment..
Soundbite is a story that is written by myself and my writing partner Brantley J. Brown and it was the first piece filmed for Horror House. It was an amazing experience. Ray McCann assembled a great team of filmmakers, which included our director of photography Doug Freirich, Gaffer/Grip Calisto Thompson, and BlumHouse special effects guru Zack Edwards. Together we created a fun, low-key, laid back and effective ensemble. I could not have asked for a better team of people. We were very small but we moved fast and efficiently.
I also wanted to say thank you to our actress Taylor Murphy-Sinclair, who came to play the basic white bitch in a horror film who dies! And she was phenomenal at dying as well. She came to set ready to work and delivered 150 percent!
I am beyond grateful to everyone who was with us yesterday, including Zariah Suggs who allowed us the use of her apartment for the afternoon as it was clearly the PERFECT location for our film. Everyone made my job as a director so easy and I appreciate their enthusiasm and expertise – it really made our project that much better because of them.
I cannot wait to show you the final product. Don’t forget to follow Horror House Media on YouTube and Instagram and Twitter.
Today, two great things happened. It is my 12 year anniversary in the film industry and I signed up with the Black Apple Talent Agency.
It is true. Twelve years ago today I was working for a non-profit organization. I had finally hit my limit with working for other people and I knew I was destined for bigger things. So with no real plan in place, I walked into Human Resources and quit….and then somehow, by taking that leap of faith, things just start moving. I booked a film right away, was on set four days later – and then I just never stopped. Never gave up. Even when we hit the writer’s strike and the recession. Through it all – all the ups and all of the downs (and trust me there have been many) – the one thing that has remained consistent is my passion and my desire to never give up living my dream.
And now, as of today, I officially have an agent. I am repped by Sarah Yapelli at Black Apple Talent. I am definitely excited to move my career forward and to see what the next 12 years have in store!
I was invited by my friend at Studio Institute Global to come in and teach script supervising to some students. They were having students from Saudi Arabia come in for a 5-week film course, as the Saudi government is looking to grow their film commission.
I only taught for 3 days and I had two students – Aliaa and Ibrahim. They were amazing and very eager to learn. I know I gave them so much information in the short time I was there with them, but it felt good to help them understand the role of a script supervisor and how we work with each department in making the film!
I am grateful to these two students but also grateful to the students as a whole. Their passion for filmmaking reminded of why I walked off my job 13 years ago to follow my passion. I am also thankful to Tobi and Alexa at Studio Institute Global for asking me to be a part of their curriculum – as I feel script supervising is a position that is frequently overlooked and oftentimes under appreciated.
Two weeks later the students were going into production onto three (3) short films, which they had written as a way to help them understand the process of not only filmmaking but their role on set that they decided to focus on, (sound/make up/wardrobe, et al). I asked them if I could return just to be able to assist my two students in their role as script supervisors. They not only said yes but they asked me direct one of the films!
It was titled ‘Chronicles of Hope, Chance, and Morte.’ I want to say that I had the most amazing crew. My DP Doug, and my AD Will were very patient with the students and created a laid back environment where we not only worked BUT were able to teach at the same time. Our lead actress Jodie Bentley made my job as director unbelievably easy and I am thankful to her that she was able to trust me as we went on this journey together. I especially wanted to give a huge shout out to the students who did an outstanding job – as this was the first time for most of the students. They designed the wardrobe, dressed the sets, provided props, applied make up and styled hair, and script supervised me as I directed. I got to watch them work, help guide them through the process, and completed what I feel is truly a wonderful and touching film.
Thank you students, thank you to the Saudi Film Commission and thank you to Studio School Los Angeles and Studio Institute Global.
Horror House Media
So for 2018 Ray McCann and I were talking about creating a new digital platform for short horror form content. I thought it would be a great idea for him to have digital content to produce and for which I could direct. So I reached out to my writing partner Brantley J. Brown and asked him to start writing short scripts that were creepy/scary and simple to shoot. With that, Horror House was born.
So now we begin the shooting process. Stay tuned as we are launching Halloween 2018. Feel free to reach out to use and to follow us on the social media platforms. Help us generate the buzz. We want to rally the horror community.
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Excited to announce that my short horror script Del Obispo Road, a ghost story based on true events by Rochelle Robinson has been selected for the Hollywood HorrorFest here in Hollywood, CA.
The festival takes place July 26-29, 2018.
I wanted to say thank you to my producer Taylor J Martin and to Alina Andrei for putting together this nice press piece with Film Combat Syndicate. Thank you Lee Golden for the great article – he really did his research and I truly appreciate that!
Thank you to everyone for your continued support as we move this project forward. I have a great team and I honored to have their faith and guidance.
Read the arcticle:
Axe on Film Combat Syndicate
In May of 2018 I worked on a webseries for Brat TV called Boss Cheer. It stars Tessa Brooks and Tristan Tales and it is their newest show where Madison, played by Tessa takes over her old cheer squad as head coach.
Even though I worked on crew as the Script Supervisor, the director asked me to a small role in the film. Just a simple scene: but you know I love to act when I can! Great news is, I even made the trailer. You can see me and Amir Mo as Coach Preston at 00:36 right before I kicked his ass out for cheating!
Thank you to my nephew Chris Minnick who surprised me today with a drawing. He is self taught and has been practicing – so he thought he would draw a picture of me as he saw me – a Hollywood producer.
I love this picture and I will keep it up on my website. It inspires me to keep working for what I love and for what I believe in. Thank you Chris – your uncle is proud of you!
June 8, 2018 – Today I was a guest on The Richard Wilmore Show with fellow guest Katerina Cozias. It was a great and fun interview. Each interview is 15 minutes and I am the second one.
We talked about my podcast Mimosas With Michael and also some of my most current projects, which I am working on, as well as how I got my start in the industry. I also gave some advice to those who are starting out and want to follow their dreams. It is definitely a fun interview – if I say so myself!
So my writing partner Brantley J Brown and I just finished our first script together. I had written the short film Del Obispo Road – a horror short – and Brantley helped me adapt it into a feature film script. Actor and producer Edward Coupland will star as the lead, Ryan.
When Ryan’s sister goes missing in 1985, he is plagued by the memory of someone – or something – that he felt was responsible for her disappearance. Twenty years later he still can’t forget that night and the weight of that memory begins to push him to madness. When he starts to see his sister again, Ryan starts to search for answers as to why his sister vanished, and if the dreams that haunt him are real.
This story is based on a terrifying event shared to me by Rochelle Robinson.
We did a great interview about this film and script on my podcast Mimosas With Michael. Enjoy!