Michael has been drawing since he was able to pick up a writing implement. His drawing talents excelled in school where he won many awards at art shows. In his days at Baldwin High School, he took up Graphic Arts to expand his talents. In parallel to Michael's interest in art, he began acting in summer theater and would later appear in TV commercials and land extra rolls in feature films. Being inspired early on by TV shows like The Monkees and The Partridge Family, he took up learning the drums at the age of 5 and later bass guitar at 15. Music soon took over as his main passion as he got a taste for playing in local bands and began to compose original songs. By the time he was 19, Michael was playing in front of large crowds.
As a young adult, Michael would put his acting to use by combining his improvisational skills with his natural ability to mimic famous voices, such as Bullwinkle, and began making regular appearances on the Scott Paulsen Radio Show on Pittsburgh's WDVE. He also got his first taste at producing music as he entered the studio to co-produce a charity song to which he penned the lyrics. Dream Makers was a local "We Are The World" type effort where he gathered musicians of all types from around the Pittsburgh area to take part in singing and playing on the song that would get notable air play as well as a Rockumentary that would air on TV; thus, Michael would discover yet another talent of his - team building. He believed in the "We are the Dream Project" and got others to see his vision for it, and talked every one of the artists into donating their time and efforts to make the project successful. Five years later, he was at it again - only this time, he decided to produce a full-length CD of local bands performing classic rock hits. The Power-hitters Tribute to Classic Rock was recorded and released to raise money for the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
A year later, Michael fell in love with the Internet and the abilities that the home computer could deliver. He started teaching himself how to build Web sites. His vision was to start building sites for the bands that he would produce and incorporate this talent into his music production company. To further his advancement on his design capabilities, he decided to attend Duquesne University in Pittsburgh to obtain a degree in Multimedia Technologies. It was here that Michael fell in love with everything related to Multimedia Design - including computer animation.
Atlas Design Group was formed in December of 2001, and by 2005 Michael had built the division up with two other employees, four freelancers and a book of business. He was then offered the opportunity to buy the company for no more than work-on-trade. He and his new business parter, Tim Gerwing, would look to take Atlas Design Group to the next level as their own company in 2006.
In 2007, Michael formed the division that was to become zoetifex Studios to focus more on visual effects and animation for TV and Film. A few year later, an opportunity arose for him to put together a demonstration of zoetifex Studios' animation capabilities, for a gentleman in New York who was looking for a company to produce a new animated TV Series based on vintage radio and TV audio. Michael came up with the idea of taking the audio from Alfred Hitchcock's five-minute long trailer for his movie "The Birds." He edited the audio down to a minute and began coming up with unique visuals that put a twist on the actual audio. Michael then had to put his team-building skills to use to round up some of the most talented animators that were available for work. zoetifex Studios was coming to life, and his vision was to build the studio from the ground up - with the key ingredient being the talent. The team he was able to build had experience working with such companies as Disney, Blue Sky, Digital Domain, Imagi, Electronic Arts and more. The end result was even better than Michael had hoped for. The client instantly fell in love with the piece - and so have thousands of viewers on the Internet.
Michael has been entertaining people for most of his life. From his background in music, to acting and voice-overs, to his artistic skills and award-winning designs he has unique, creative ideas and possesses an ability to round up the most talented people available on a moments notice. He believes, and what's more - he gets others to believe in what he's doing.
Unique traits: Creative entertainer and Business Exec in one.
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