Michael David Johnson

Michael David Johnson

High Ground Sound
Sound Mixer and Boom Operator

Los Angeles, California

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About Michael

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.

www.HighGroundSoundLA.com

Credits

  • Radiant Atmospheres

    Radiant Atmospheres (2017)
    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

    After the Storm (2016)
    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

    They're After Us (2016)
    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.

  • BoysTown

    BoysTown (2016)
    Television (Drama) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • In the Shadows of the Rainbow

    In the Shadows of the Rainbow (2016)
    Film (Short and Drama) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • I Heard Something

    I Heard Something (2016)
    Film (Short, Drama, Horror, Mystery and 1 More) Sound department Woman awakened by noise in her home.

  • A Weekend with the Family

    A Weekend with the Family (2016)
    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

  • Lost L.A.

    Lost L.A. (2016)
    Television (Documentary) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • First World Helpline

    First World Helpline (2016)
    Video (Short and Comedy) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Crabs!

    Crabs! (2016)
    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.

  • Highway 5

    Highway 5 (2016)
    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

    The Last Course (2015)
    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.

  • The Bluffs

    The Bluffs (2015)
    Television (Comedy and Drama) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Remote

    Remote (2015)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Will to Love

    Will to Love (2015)
    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

    Use of Force (2015)
    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.

  • Fake

    Fake (2015)
    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.

  • Country Fixin's

    Country Fixin's (2014)
    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

    Romeo Is Bleeding (2014)
    Documentary by Prod. Michael Klein Sound Mixer

  • Nothing

    Nothing (2014)
    Internet by Translumin Productions Sound Mixer

  • Nothing

    Nothing (2014)
    Internet by Translumin Productions Sound Designer

  • The Dartmouth Review Pleads Innocent

    The Dartmouth Review Pleads Innocent (2014)
    Documentary by Dir. David Rufful Sound Mixer

  • Radiant Atmospheres, A Documentary

    Radiant Atmospheres, A Documentary (2014)
    Documentary by Dir. Alyssa Moran Sound Mixer

  • Country Fixins

    Country Fixins (2013)
    Film (short) by Dir. Adam Gascho Sound Mixer

  • Ukranium

    Ukranium (2013)
    Internet by Translumin Productions Sound Designer

  • Seedstore, American Express Small Business Saturday

    Seedstore, American Express Small Business Saturday (2013)
    Commercial by Dir.. Michael Klein/ American Express Sound Recordist/ VO Replacement

  • Trainers

    Trainers (2012)
    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

    Trainers, Ep 1 & 2 (2012)
    Internet by Dir. Chris Allen Sound Mixer

  • Not Funny

    Not Funny (2012)
    Internet by Innovative Studios Sound Mixer

  • Next Game Boss, Season 1

    Next Game Boss, Season 1 (2012)
    Internet by IGN/Reverie Sound Mixer

  • Only One Word

    Only One Word (2011)
    Film (short) by Innovative Studios Sound Designer

  • Activist State

    Activist State (2010)
    Documentary by Dir. Jonathan Craig Sound Mixer

  • Activist State

    Activist State (2010)
    Documentary by Dir. Jonathan Craig Sound Designer

Awards

  • Best Sound Design, "Activist State," BECA Fest (SFSU Broadcast Department)
    (2010)

  • Best Sound Design, "Motu, Remixed," BECA Fest (SFSU Broadcast Department)
    (2009)

Education

  • San Francisco State University
    (2007-2010)

  • Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA)
    (2006-2007)

  • Los Medanos College
    (2004-2006)

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