Mike Maliwanag

Mike Maliwanag

Director of photography in Los Angeles, California

About Mike

Mike Maliwanag was born a human and raised in the Chicago suburbs. As a Jedi, he learned the true nature of the light and dark side of the force while studying cinematography at Columbia College Chicago. There, he learned to focus his force powers on analog film and wield his light saber skills in the digital aspect of filmmaking. Based in L.A., Mike continues his quest for peace and brings balance to the force. He enjoys exploring the galaxy with new friends.

Name: Mike Maliwanag

Lives in: Los Angeles, California

Occupation: Director of Photography


  • Deserted

    Deserted (2016)
    Film by Ashley Avis (Drama and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department When twenty-four-year-old Jae is released from prison for killing her mother, she returns to her childhood home in small-town Ridgecrest. The desire to go anywhere but there prompts her to agree to join her brother on a road trip out to Death Valley - which results in getting them hopelessly lost in the most stunning, but unforgiving topographical terrain on the planet.

  • Do Over

    Do Over (2016)
    Film by Ryan Francis (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department

  • WTF: World Thumbwrestling Federation

    WTF: World Thumbwrestling Federation (2016)
    Film by Enrico Natale (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department

  • Get the Girl

    Get the Girl (2015)
    Film by Eric England (Action, Comedy, Crime and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department A wealthy young man is conned into staging a fake kidnapping in order to be a hero and win the affection of a girl he's madly in love with. But when one of the hired kidnappers is accidentally killed during the charade, he's forced to actually save her life while not revealing that it's been a ruse all along. Written by Anonymous

  • The Summerland Project

    The Summerland Project (2015)
    Film by Adam Orton (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department When his wife Amelia suffers an aneurysm that leaves her bedridden and slowly dying, police officer Carter Summerland searches for a way to revive her. He's approached by Wesley Enterprises about allowing Amelia to be the test subject for an experimental program that will place her mind in a new, artificial body - and out of desperation, Carter agrees. But is the result really Amelia Summerland? Or is it something else entirely? Set in the very near future, The Summerland Project uses current, existing technology as a launchpad for a story about where the line truly is between life and death, and to ask the question: What is is that makes us human?. It explores the motivations behind the team that creates Amelia, from genius but standoffish Dr. Ellen Beckett to the kind yet arrogant industrialist Paul Wesley, who funds the work. It explores the fallout in the scientific, legal and religious community, with opposition to the project spearheaded by the passionate Senator Williams. But ... Written by Anonymous

  • Visible

    Visible (2015)
    Film (short) by Clay Delauney (Romance and Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department The year is 2086. Seventy years ago the entire human race went invisible. Ten years ago, a small number of people began to mysteriously reappear. While theories exist, no one knows what's truly going on. When Guy, a conflicted artist, is presented with the knowledge that he has the power to transform back to his visible state, he's faced with a tough dilemma: does he become visible and accept a life of vulnerability and possible judgment, or does he stay invisible and risk losing an existence of passion, honesty, and love? Written by Andrea Snider

  • Vanity

    Vanity (2015)
    Television (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department A teenage girl infiltrates the high-paced world of New York's fashion elite to uncover the truth behind her mother's death.

  • Breathe

    Breathe (2015)
    Film (short) by Jon Santiago (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department After regaining consciousness, an old, injured man attempts to survive while trapped beneath a deadly snow pile. While in pursuit of his escape, his actions trigger a distant memory, which aids him in his fight to live.

  • In Between

    In Between (2015)
    Film (short) by Andrea C. Pabon (Drama) Cinematographer In between is a short film which explores the possibility of our darkest thoughts manifesting within reality.

  • Norman So Normal

    Norman So Normal (2015)
    Film (short) by Denis Semikin Director of Photography

  • Dirty Lies

    Dirty Lies (2015)
    Film by Jamie Marshall (Action, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department An under-appreciated, over worked assistant entrusted with a million dollar necklace races to find out which of his friends betrayed him, as he battles a desperate criminal duo bent on stealing the necklace. Reminiscent of a classic, yet modern 'Hitchockian' thriller, with multiple plot twists and turns, audiences will be glued to the screen trying to figure out who is Guilty... who is Innocent... and who is a little of both.

  • Fated

    Fated (2014)
    Film (short) by Jeremy Foley (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department Unbeknownst to us, each person's destiny is controlled by an employee of the Fate Management Agency. To save his job, low-level agent Joe must take drastic action and confront his hopeless client face-to-face - on Earth.

  • Chromeo's In-Flight Safety Video

    Chromeo's In-Flight Safety Video (2014)
    Film (short) by Danny Jelinek (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department

  • Everything Will Be All Right

    Everything Will Be All Right (2014)
    Film (short) by David Peter Calderon (Drama and Family) Cinematographer A story about friendship and family and the sacrifices people make for the ones they love.

  • Retch

    Retch (2014)
    Film (short) by Caitlin Noah (Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Cinematographer Retch is a surrealistic view of a young girl's perception of her first love and the unsettling moments leading up to her encounter with her ex after their break up.

  • Snakebite Protection

    Snakebite Protection (2014)
    Film by Raymond McMillan (Crime, Drama and Thriller) Cinematographer The inadequacies of our legal system as it pertains to the rights of rape victims.

  • The Millionaire Matchmaker

    The Millionaire Matchmaker (2014)
    Television (Reality-TV) Camera and Electrical Department In Los Angeles, Patti Stanger runs an agency that pairs millionaires with the men and women of their dreams.

  • Ellie

    Ellie (2014)
    Film (short) by Allison Eckert (Drama and Family) Camera and Electrical Department Thirteen-year-old Ellie searches for paternal affection in an attempt to escape the grief of losing her father.

  • Stay Positive

    Stay Positive (2013)
    Film (short) by Robert Carnilius (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department Coming out in your teens is one thing. Coming face to face with your HIV status is another.

  • House of the Witchdoctor

    House of the Witchdoctor (2013)
    Film by Devon Mikolas (Crime, Horror and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department Evil wreaks pure havoc and bloody murder upon Leslie Van Hooten, a beautiful young girl, and her unsuspecting fellow grad students as they make their way to her family's extravagant and yet isolated estate. Peter (Bill Moseley- Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, House of 1000 Corpses) and Irene Van Hooten (Leslie Easterbrook- The Devil's Rejects, Police Academy), the young girl's mother and father, leave the group alone for the weekend, so that she may mourn the anniversary of her boyfriend's shocking murder. But the peaceful weekend soon turns to hell when they find themselves being savagely terrorized by Cliff Rifton (Allan Kayser- Night of the Creeps, TV's Mama's Family), a crazed and recently released career criminal, and Buzz Schenk, his drug addict side kick whom are hell bent on raging a torturous killing spree. But as the horrifying acts begin to unfold, the killers soon realize all is not as it seems in this house. And when some strange people from the neighborhood show up, Rose (... Written by Chazz Demoss

  • Tides of Time

    Tides of Time (2013)
    Film (short) by Bishrel Mashbat (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department An old immigrant man sets off on a journey to reconnect with his estranged son.

  • Game Reset

    Game Reset (2012)
    Film (short) by Paul Pater (Comedy, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department After an electrical blackout, two friends attempt to build a homemade power generator in order to play the latest blockbuster video game.

  • Menace

    Menace (2012)
    Film (short) by Gustavo Martin (Drama and Family) Camera and Electrical Department Menace is about a seven year old boy who decides to confront his bully during recess.

  • Lady of the Dead

    Lady of the Dead (2012)
    Film (short) by Caitlin Noah (Drama, Fantasy and Romance) Camera and Electrical Department On the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos, we follow Gustavo, a tortured man, struggling with his inner demons brought on by the painful memories of his lost love. We also follow Lucinda, a dead woman who rises from her grave and searches for hope in a holiday that has not been kind to her. Written by Anonymous

  • Memoirs of a Parapsychologist

    Memoirs of a Parapsychologist (2012)
    Film (short) by Andrew Papke (Drama, Horror and Thriller) Camera and Electrical Department How do you know if a perception is real or imagined? Does sanity rest upon such a fine distinction?

  • Hide and Seek

    Hide and Seek (2012)
    Film (short) by Alexandra Robbins (Thriller) Cinematographer In order to deal with the overwhelming madness around her, a young girl escapes to an alternative reality where she plays hide and seek with life-size versions of her dolls.

  • The Best Man

    The Best Man (2012)
    Film (short) by Mateo Palazuelos (Comedy and Family) Camera and Electrical Department An innocent little boy must deliver the perfect best man speech to make his father proud.

  • Bowls of Water

    Bowls of Water (2012)
    Film (short) by Andrea C. Pabon (Drama) Cinematographer In the midst of Hurricane Katrina, A mother & son contemplate leaving their home, and possibly leaving their dog behind.

  • Disconnected

    Disconnected (2010)
    Film (short) by Peter Vass (Thriller) Cinematographer A recent college graduate is stuck working at a dead end job as a telemarketer with little to look forward to. One day he gets a call that will change all that, and bring some unexpected excitement back to his life.


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