Biochemist - turned photographer - turned cinematographer. Michael started shooting portraits for magazines like Esquire, Wired, Vogue and Cosmopolitan before moving towards the film world as a cinematographer.
His work has been screened in film festivals internationally and his first narrative piece STUTTERER won an OSCAR at the 88th Academy Awards (2016) for Best Live Action Short, along with another 14 international festival wins and over 60 festival official selections.
Michael’s latest film, BLACK SHEEP (2018), saw him collaborate with two-time Academy Award winner Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugarman, Man on Wire) and BAFTA breakthrough director Ed Perkins, to shoot his first documentary-drama - commissioned by The Guardian. It won the prestigious Sheffield Doc Fest (Best Documentary), was officially selected in Toronto and the London Film Festival, and was nominated for an International Documentary Award (IDA).
BLACK SHEEP is now nominated for an OSCAR at the 91st Academy Awards (2019).
The film is online on The Guardian website and can be viewed at: http://theguardian.com/black-sheep
Michael has recently teamed up with FALIRO HOUSE Productions (The Lobster, Only Lovers Left Alive) to shoot their first post-horror film ISKIOMA. A horror film set in a remote Greek village based on local supernatural folklore - Directed by Kostas Gerampinis and written by Demosthenis Papamarkos
His two last films, OKSIJAN (Emmy award winning dir. Edward Watts) and BLACK SHEEP (dir. Ed Perkins, prod. Simon Chinn) are currently doing the rounds at international film festival circuit.
Honorary guest at the Greek Society of Cinematographers’ (GSC) where Michael was on stage to speak about his work on STUTTERER. Link: here (though you need to know Greek!)
His TED Talk in Athens titled ‘The Art of Saying Yes’ can be viewed here.
Benjamin Cleary, Edward Watts, Oliver Goodrum, Ed Perkins, Simon Eustace, Alvaro Ramirez, Ollie Wolfe, Luc Coifatt, Guy Soulsby, Savvas Stavrou