Michael Lockridge is a Los Angeles based Director of Photography and member of the International Cinematographers Guild IATSE Local #600 who was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Upon discovering his fondness for shooting film in high school, he decided to attend college at Florida State University’s School of Motion Picture and Recording Arts.
Upon graduating from the University the thesis film he shot was selected to be shown at the DGA in Los Angeles.
What attracted Michael at first to film was first and foremost story, and he has taken this revere for story and used it in his application towards cinematography. Cinematography is about understanding the story and making sure that the composition and lighting are adding to or reinforcing that story, not distracting. He believes that listening is one of the most important skills a DP can have. He also has a passion in his belief that french fries, being one of the greatest foods ever invented, are best enjoyed with mustard.
Michael has worked as a Director of Photography on commercials, music videos, documentaries and features. He has recently shot commercials for Target, Filler Magazine, American Express, HTC, Playstation, GM, Anthem blue Cross, The California Dairy Industry, Google, Wells Fargo and ESPN. He also frequently camera operates on the show Last Call with Carson Daly on NBC.
The commercial Michael shot “Half pipe Proposal” was a 2011 AICP winner. Most recently Michael received an award for best cinematography at the Bootleg Film Festival for his work on the feature length film Autumn Wanderer. He is currently working on a documentary about the street art scene of Buenos Aires