In 1995, Michael Yurinko stepped out of the gate swinging with his first screenplay "Plainfield" placing as a semi-finalist in both the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and the Chesterfield Screenwriting Competition.
Instead of film school, he took out a personal loan and went on to write and direct the short film "Retrospect". Michael continued writing screenplays while directing regional TV commercials under his production/advertising company Gage Films and directing a weekly regional TV show called "Valley Home Shopping". After winning multiple awards for his commercial work, he focused on writing and directing "Fading", his first feature film. “Fading” gained critical praise during its theatrical run and played in several film festivals and can be purchased on Amazon.com.
Michael worked as the assistant director on the hit TV documentary show "Forensic Files" which is distributed to 140 countries. During this time he penned his next screenplay "For the Love of Jade" which went on to win 1st Prize in the Fade In Awards and place as a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowships - top 100 out of 6000 scripts.
His next project was the emotional and heavy-hitting psychological horror film “ENTITY” starring Holt Boggs, Nick Mancuso, Brandon Slagle and Fred Doss. This film was repped by Taylor & Dodge and released by Origin Releasing with global DVD and VOD sales. Currently the film is being released under Global 3 Media.
Screengage works in the $2M and under range in the horror, thriller, sci-fi and action genres for world release. Low budget, high concepts.
Film by Screengage, ThunderSmoke Media (Sci-Fi and Thriller) Producer/Director Three friends escape into the wilderness after hearing only a portion of the Orson Welles radio play: The War of the Worlds. They seek refuge in an old hunting camp to ride out the fictional attack, and soon learn that they are being stalked by something very real. Written by Pat Hludzenski
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Film by Screengage (Drama and Horror) Writer/Director Living in the vacation cabin to deal with the loss of his family, Eugene and his dog soon discover they are snowbound and not alone.
Film by Independent Dream Machine (Drama) Writer/Director
Television (Documentary and Crime) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Police increasingly utilize scientific laboratory analysis to solve crimes. This program reviews and re-enacts dramatic cases from around the world in which forensic scientists find and examine previously undetectable evidence. Through their hard work, criminals are brought to justice and the innocent are set free. Written by Anonymous
Commercial by Gage Films Writer/Director
Fade-In Awards, 1st Place
Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting
Silver and Bronze Awards in Flagstaff Film Festival
Merit Award, Chicago International Film Festival
Omni Intermedia Award