High Ground Sound
Owner & Operator/Location Audio Engineer
Film & TV Production Sound for Narrative, Commercials and Documentaries.
Past clients include Lions Gate, Universal, Pixar, ESPN, DirecTV's Audience Network, Bloomberg, L'Oreal, Gatorade, Coca-Cola, Harry Lennix and David & Jessica Oyelowo.
Name: Michael David Johnson
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: High Ground Sound
Occupation: Sound Mixer and Boom Operator
Best Sound Design, "Activist State," BECA Fest (SFSU Broadcast Department)
Best Sound Design, "Motu, Remixed," BECA Fest (SFSU Broadcast Department)
Film (Documentary) Sound department A behind-the-scenes look at the ragtag Oakland-based lighting collective, Radiant Atmospheres, whose members continue the tradition of the psychedelic lightshow amidst big box entertainment lighting. Interviews, candid footage, and sleep-deprived humor provide a backstage pass for the business of making magic on a shoestring budget. RADIANT ATMOSPHERES offers an authentic portrayal of the working creatives whose happiness, passion, and livelihoods are intrinsically tied to the culture of the underground rave scene in the Bay Area.
After the Storm
Film (Short, Drama and Family) Sound department Inspired by current social events, 'After The Storm' reveals a snapshot into the lives of an African American family caught in the aftermath of an incident that has changed their dynamic forever. Mother, Father and Son try to navigate their way through their current dysfunction in order to rebuild the broken bridges left in the wake of their familial storm. First time writer and director, Jessica Oyelowo, leads an acclaimed cast of Gugu Mbatha-Raw ('Belle', 'Beyond The Lights'), Chiké Okonkwo ('Birth of a Nation') and newcomer Caleb Oyelowo into a deeply insightful and emotional journey of a family 'After The Storm'.
They're After Us
Film (Short and Horror) Sound department A group of friends murder someone in self defense. Now they're being chased and they have to figure out how to get away. Little do they know, they're up against something a little stronger than they imagined.
Television (Drama) Sound department Add a Plot »
In the Shadows of the Rainbow
Film (Short and Drama) Sound department Add a Plot »
I Heard Something
Film (Short, Drama, Horror, Mystery and 1 More) Sound department Woman awakened by noise in her home.
A Weekend with the Family
Film (Comedy) Sound department A young attorney looks to gain a position at a prestigious law firm while secretly dating his boss' daughter, who he's hoping to marry; but when his loving girlfriend decides to arrange a surprise family weekend get-together, his plans blow up in his face, especially with the arrival of his ghetto-fied family, the Stankershets. Travis and Courtney portray love interests who struggle to hold on to their relationship all while their two families wage war in an explosion of hilarity. It's the far east against the deep south; strict, traditional, Korean customs versus a backwards, country way of life. In the end, Travis must find a way to make the two families peacefully co-exist long enough for him to propose to the woman he loves. Written by Aubriea
Television (Documentary) Sound department Add a Plot »
First World Helpline
Video (Short and Comedy) Sound department Add a Plot »
Film (Comedy and Horror) Art director Mutated by nuclear runoff in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a horde of murderous horseshoe crabs descend on the sleepy town of Mendocino, CA.
Film (Comedy and Drama) Art director Four Punjabi-Canadians take a road trip from British Columbia to Mexico, and come to some realizations about their lives.
The Last Course
Film (Short, Drama and Thriller) Sound department An awkward birthday dinner quickly takes a turn toward the dark side when a subservient daughter veers off recipe to fulfill her late brother's last wish.
Television (Comedy and Drama) Sound department Add a Plot »
Film (Short and Comedy) Sound department Add a Plot »
Will to Love
TV Movie (Romance) Sound department A CEO of a million dollar company has to find a wife in order to inherit his grandfather's company and his estate.
Use of Force
Film (Documentary, Short, Crime and Drama) Sound department A powerful examination of the LAPD's efforts to reconcile after a series of unjustified police shootings of unarmed black men in Los Angeles.
Film (Comedy) Sound department Set amongst a tapestry of fairy tale excess, Michael is reared and mentored by an African American maid, Annie Mae. Michael is caught in a triangle of lies and deception by dysfunctional, quirky, upscale family and friends.
Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Sound department When a small town police officer's called to a robbery, he must choose between his overbearing mother and the woman he loves. Written by David Cepero
Romeo Is Bleeding
Documentary by Prod. Michael Klein Sound Mixer
Internet by Translumin Productions Sound Mixer
Internet by Translumin Productions Sound Designer
The Dartmouth Review Pleads Innocent
Documentary by Dir. David Rufful Sound Mixer
Radiant Atmospheres, A Documentary
Documentary by Dir. Alyssa Moran Sound Mixer
Film (short) by Dir. Adam Gascho Sound Mixer
Internet by Translumin Productions Sound Designer
Seedstore, American Express Small Business Saturday
Commercial by Dir.. Michael Klein/ American Express Sound Recordist/ VO Replacement
Television (Comedy) Sound department In the pilot episode ("Is it hard?") we meet several of the personal trainers that work at Allen's Fit World. Chad and Doug (the two alpha-male trainers) immediately vie for the attentions and hopeful sexual conquest of a new trainer, Sara. Little do they know, Sara is a lesbian. Meanwhile, Sara and (other trainer) Melanie deal with overbearing and "know-it-all" clients. Written by Chris Allen
Trainers, Ep 1 & 2
Internet by Dir. Chris Allen Sound Mixer
Internet by Innovative Studios Sound Mixer
Next Game Boss, Season 1
Internet by IGN/Reverie Sound Mixer
Only One Word
Film (short) by Innovative Studios Sound Designer
Documentary by Dir. Jonathan Craig Sound Mixer
Documentary by Dir. Jonathan Craig Sound Designer
San Francisco State University
Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA)
Los Medanos College