Michael Dailey

Michael Dailey

Phenomenon Filmworks

Cinematographer, director and director of photography in Irvine, California

About Michael

Immersed in film forever, Michael was awarded “Outstanding Young Director” for his short film “Twister” at the age of 16. Part of the team at Phenomenon Filmworks, he wrote and directed the studio’s first short film THE BACKPACK (2012). Coming later this year are two features: a psychological horror film simply called FIVE, featuring Anthony Ma (“Elevator” and TV’s “Scandal,” “Shameless,” and “The Mentalist), and the thriller TURNER RISK, featuring Nick Fink (“Glee” and “Justified”). In addition to intensive post-production work, several new projects are currently in development.

In addition to his work as a film director, Michael has taught budding young filmmakers the art of film production. The result is an amazing 112 short films shot by high school students he supervised and helped prepare for film school. Many of those film students continued their path to film now work in the industry.

Over the years Michael mastered his own skills as a film editor, DP, and screenwriter, with the guidance of Syd Field. He is a collaborator on set and in post, working with actors, composers, technicians, and crew to maximize each film’s potential.

Name: Michael Dailey

Lives in: Irvine, California

Company: Phenomenon Filmworks

Occupation: Cinematographer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, Filmmaker, Post-Production Coordinator, Post-Production Supervisor, Producer, Screenwriter, Script Supervisor, Sound Editor, Sound Mixer and Story Analyst


  • TURNER RISK (Currently in Post-Production)

    TURNER RISK (Currently in Post-Production) (2015)
    Film by PhenomenonFilmworks Writer/Director

  • FIVE (Currently in Post-Production)

    FIVE (Currently in Post-Production) (2015)
    Film by Phenomenon Filmworks Writer/DIrector


    THE BACKPACK (2012)
    Film (short) by Phenomenon Filmworks Writer/Director

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