Writer/director/actor Michael Alderman began his career in the late 1970s, producing a number of “stop-motion” animated short films. In college he enrolled in every class offered within his chosen field, earning an Associate of Arts degree with emphasis on film and television production, as well as a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement & Excellence. While there, he wrote and directed the Halloween episode of the weekly children’s cable TV program, Captain Cidd’s Castle. He also became involved with the college’s drama department, where he learned the craft of collaborating with actors to tell a story.
In 1984 he was invited by director Richard Donner to observe firsthand the shooting of the Warner Bros. feature The Goonies while the production was on location in Michael’s hometown of Astoria, Oregon. Donner memorably introduced him to executive producer Steven Spielberg as a “fellow director”. Michael later published a book-length memoir detailing the experience, titled Three Weeks With The Goonies.
In 1986, Michael completed his first short film featuring live actors, With This Ring… That piece attracted the attention of Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Susan Shadburne, who employed Michael in various capacities at Millennium Pictures – the company she co-owned with Oscar-winning animator Will Vinton – during the 1987 production of the children’s video, King Cole’s Party.
In 1990, Michael completed his first feature as writer/director, an action-thriller titled The Mind of the Circle, produced on a total budget of $18,000. In 1994 he began his second feature, Somewhere Else, which was shot, edited and completed on 16mm film. Haunted Shore is Michael's third venture as a feature film writer/director.
Michael has written several full-length stage plays, four of which have been successfully produced for paying audiences. His original comedy sketches won awards during four consecutive seasons of an annual writing competition, including two 1st Place honors. He has directed 15 plays and acted in 22, including performing the title role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
As a cinematographer, Michael has shot thousands of hours of film and videotape, including material for the History Channel series Search & Rescue and Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. He also assisted award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns during production of the PBS series Lewis & Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery. Michael has shot and edited more than 60 commercials for cable television, as well as a short documentary produced in collaboration with Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean – the fourth man to walk on the moon.
In 2002, David Baird of Kinetic Management in Los Angeles signed Michael for representation as a screenwriter/director. Since then, Mr. Baird has shopped four of Michael’s action/thriller screenplays around Hollywood: Graveyard of the Pacific and The Straits – both of which received serious consideration at the studio level – Break Deep, and Quarry, which was shepherded by an executive at Original Film.
Name: Mick Alderman
Lives in: Astoria, Oregon
Company: 2001 Productions
Occupation: Actor, Director and Screenwriter
The Drunk Series
Television (Comedy) Camera and Electrical Department
Film by Michael Medaglia (Fantasy and Horror) Actor Hermann, a failed sculptor, is about to kill himself when he finds a strange, talking hole in the wall. The creature in the hole (Denise Poirier, the voice of ÆON FLUX) has the power to fulfill his wildest dreams, but things go horribly wrong and when the killing starts, Hermann is thrust into the worst nightmare of his life. Deep Dark is a twisted tale warning you to be careful what you wish for, because it just might get you. Written by Uncork'd Entertainment
Margaret and Joe
Film (short) by Eric C. Maher (Drama) Camera and Electrical Department
The Last Kind
Television (Drama, Horror and Sci-Fi) Actor A new deadly mutagen virus is introduced to the public on the busiest day of the year, Black Friday, creating the fastest spreading outbreak known to mankind. The deceased and infected soon come back to life as hosts for the R91X virus to spread itself. During the day, the resurrected are slow mindless hosts, who soon exhibit aggressive behaviors. Though, at night, they will mutate into quicker, intelligent, muscular monsters. The human race begins to dwindle as the infected take over. Now, survivors must join together to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world. Written by The Last Kind
The Hot Rod
Film (short) by Matt Ediger (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Sound department A woman wakes up to find that her husband has run off in the family car, leaving her to drive the hot rod.
Film (short) by Chris R. Wilson (Comedy) Producer
Film by Michael Alderman (Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Sound department, Director, Writer, Visual effects Young men are vanishing from a small, Oregon town and the only suspect is beautiful, young recluse Veronica Chandler. Eddie Hooper sets out to solve the mystery, but his fascination with Veronica could make him the next victim.
Film by John Hillcoat (Adventure and Drama) Sound department A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind and water. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the warmer south, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless cannibalistic bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a rusting shopping cart of scavenged food--and each other. Written by Sean Pollock
Alan Bean: Artist, Explorer, Moonwalker
Film (short) by Alan Bean Cinematographer, Editor, Producer In November of 1969, Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean became the fourth human being to set foot on the moon. Upon returning to earth, he employed his artist's eye to create a series of paintings that illustrated this incredible voyage. In this program, recorded more than 30 years after the original mission, Captain Bean shares colorful anecdotes surrounding his adventure as Apollo 12's lunar module pilot. His presentation, recorded before a live audience in Cannon Beach, Oregon, was then supplemented with NASA photos, archival footage and Bean's own original artwork. Captain Bean's description of his extraordinary experience - shared only by a select few individuals in the entire history of human existence - is intellectually inspiring and emotionally stirring, providing the viewer with an enlightened perspective of our uniquely beautiful and fragile world. Written by Anonymous
Search and Rescue
Television (History) Camera and Electrical Department
Film (short) by Michael Alderman (Comedy) Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Director, Writer
Film by Michael Alderman (Drama) Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Director, Writer Angie is looking for a way out. But Rose won't go with her, and trouble has a habit of following Jimmy. When Vince Ellis drifts into town, Angie will do anything to make him her ticket out. Anything. What she doesn't know is Ellis has a secret. And Rose has a problem. And Jimmy has a very, very short fuse... In a sudden burst of violence, Angie's world is shattered. As Ellis and Jimmy go on the run and Rose fights for survival, Angie realizes that life is what happens right here, right now, and not somewhere else. Filmed entirely on location in the picturesque Pacific Northwest, Somewhere Else is a glimpse behind the veil of a small town. Written by 2001 Productions
The Gigabyte Trilogy
Film by Karl Krogstad (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department
The Great Ships
Television Miscellaneous Crew
Herstory: Women's Diaries from the Oregon Trail
Video by LaRee Johnson (History) Cinematographer, Editor Beginning in the 1840s, nearly 350,000 people traveled west on the Oregon Trail in the largest voluntary human migration ever recorded. Many of these pioneers were women. In this program - produced in conjunction with the sesquicentennial celebration of the Oregon Trail crossing - author and historian LaRee Johnson reads from the journals of three courageous women - Lucy Ann Bailey, Mary Esther West Riddle, and Elizabeth Dixon Smith Geer - as they describe in their own words the joys and hardships of their journeys. Recorded in beautiful Pacific Northwest locations and featuring authentic period costumes, this unique video provides a glimpse into the challenges faced by the pioneers as they settled the wilds of Oregon. Written by Anonymous
King Cole's Party
Video by Susan Shadburne (Family and Musical) Camera and Electrical Department, Editorial department