Michael W. Hogan

Michael W. Hogan

Motu Productions
Author and Screenwriter

Laguna Beach, California

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December 2019
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About Michael

Michael William Hogan is a screenwriter whose unusual trinity of genre specialties includes comedy, faith-based and horror. He wasn’t always so twisted.

For many years, Michael was a corporate executive-type. That is until one day he woke up and realized that he was working for all the wrong reasons. And all the wrong people.

Alarmed but enlightened, Michael thought about checking himself into one of those outrageously expensive facilities in the hills above Malibu but discovered their practice didn’t include corporate executive-typectomies. Undeterred, he bought a tattered volume of Mid-Life Crisis Management for Dummies at a used bookstore in Brentwood only to then discover the chapter on transitioning from corporate hell to career heaven had been torn out. Left with only self-reliance, Michael managed to burrow into his own head, rewiring his grey matter to finally pursue what matters: faith, happiness, creativity, screenwriting.

In the time since—and somehow without the help of artificial intelligence or an MFA in Writing for Screen & Television—multiple short and feature scripts magically appeared on Michael’s hard drive. He also produced and directed a handful of his short scripts; initially with the intention of creating a “Hotel Horrors” short film collection.

Michael has won dozens of screenwriting competition awards and several festival awards for his produced shorts. That said, he's well-grounded in the knowledge that they mean little more than mild validation that he kinda-sorta knows what he's doing.

Michael ventured to Stage 32 to meet the right people, further perfect his craft, make some movies.

Unique traits: Frequently ignores both sides of the story in search of one version of the truth. Maintains a sexy shoulder-length receding hairline.

Loglines

  • 666 Selbstmord Strasse

    666 Selbstmord Strasse Budget: $0 - $100K | Horror A young American couple traveling the Black Forest region of Germany seek refuge in a house with a dark and evil history.

  • Breaking & Entering

    Breaking & Entering Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama Discovering the body of a long-lost love while locked in a morgue, an alcoholic nymphomaniac performs a living autopsy on her life that culminates in her decision to end it.

  • Benny B

    Benny B Sci-fi Comedy A retired hall-of-fame baseball announcer in need of new purpose is abducted by aliens, launching him back into the game to save a stadium full of fans from hungry extraterrestrials.

  • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Vampire

    Contributing to the Delinquency of a Vampire Horror Comedy A millennial vampire must choose between a patriarchal role in his homeland and the trappings of western pop culture.

  • The Funny Thing About Road Kill

    The Funny Thing About Road Kill Comedy Drama A rebellious film school dropout is forced to produce a documentary about road kill.

  • Out of Body

    Out of Body Other Horror A young man sneaks into his eccentric uncle’s mansion in spirit form in a desperate attempt to secure an inheritance.

  • Bye Cuspid! The Adventures of a Male Tooth Fairy

    Bye Cuspid! The Adventures of a Male Tooth Fairy Comedy Fantasy The aging tooth fairy passes on her tutu and wand to her reluctant and naïve adult son.

  • Sebastian and the Invisible Island

    Sebastian and the Invisible Island Sci-fi Adventure A young boy is stranded on a mysterious island where his only hope for escape lies in feuding extraterrestrials who also yearn for home.

  • Hunger

    Hunger Other Drama A couple’s dream sail through the South Pacific turns nightmarish, leaving a young woman to survive the crazed stranger on a deserted island and the ultimate taboo.

  • Deadweight

    Deadweight Budget: $0 - $100K | Comedy Drama The director of a narcolepsy and sleep disorder clinic finds herself in more than an ethical dilemma when a patient falls asleep atop her during an in-office tryst.

  • Not a Creature was Stirring

    Not a Creature was Stirring Horror Karma and a hungry toilet catch up to the overly-testosteroned boyfriend of a single mom when he forces her young son to sleep alone in his own motel room.

  • Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence

    Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence Comedy A young boy--and everyone around him--suffers a birthday gift that keeps on giving.

  • The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry

    The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry Drama A narcissistic heart surgeon's near-death experience lands him in hell, transforming him from saver of mortal lives to saver of lives eternal.

Credits

Awards

  • FINALIST: Pasadena International Film Festival -- "Benny B"
    (2020)

  • FINALIST: Los Angeles Film Awards -- "Benny B"
    (2020)

  • FINALIST: Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition -- "Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: Beverly Hills Film Festival -- "Benny B"
    (2020)

  • SEMI-FINALIST: Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards -- "Benny B"
    (2020)

  • SEMI-FINALIST: Stage 32 + Gidden Media Feature Screenwriting Contest -- "Benny B"
    (2020)

  • SEMI-FINALIST: Los Angeles Film Awards -- "Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence"
    (2020)

  • SEMI-FINALIST: SWN Script Competition -- "Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: Rome Independent Prisma Awards -- "The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: New Media Film Festival -- "Benny B"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: LA Under the Stars Film Festival -- "Benny B"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: Rhino Comedy Shorts Festival -- "Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: StoryMode Ind. Short Film Awards -- "Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: Hang Onto Your Shorts! Film Festival -- "Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: Indie Short Fest -- "Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: Austin Comedy Short Film Festival -- "Freddy Fletcher's Flatulence"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION -- Christian Film Festival -- "The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry"
    (2020)

  • SEMI-FINALIST: Page Turner 1st 15 Pages -- "The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry"
    (2020)

  • WINNER: First 10 Pages Script Competition -- "Contributing to the Delinquency of a Vampire"
    (2020)

  • FINALIST: Page Turner 1st 15 Pages -- "Contributing to the Delinquency of a Vampire"
    (2020)

  • WINNER: Indie Short Fest -- "Not a Creature Was Stirring"
    (2020)

  • WINNER: California Int'l Shorts Fest -- "Not a Creature Was Stirring"
    (2020)

  • FINALIST: Hollywood Just4Shorts Film & Screenplay -- "Not a Creature Was Stirring"
    (2020)

  • SEMI-FINALIST: Fade In Horror Awards -- "Not a Creature Was Stirring"
    (2020)

  • FINALIST: NY Movie Awards -- "Breaking & Entering"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: Indie Short Fest -- "Breaking & Entering"
    (2020)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: FEEDBACK Under 5 -- "Deadweight"
    (2020)

  • FINALIST: NYC International Screenplay Awards -- "Benny B"
    (2019)

  • FINALIST: Live Read LA Screenplay Competition -- "Benny B"
    (2019)

  • FINALIST: Page Turner Screenplay Competition -- "Benny B"
    (2019)

  • SEMI-FINALIST: Anaheim International Film Festival -- "Benny B"
    (2019)

  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: StoryPros Int'l Screenplay Competition -- "Benny B"
    (2019)

  • FINALIST: Kingdomwood International Film Festival -- "The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry"
    (2018)

  • WINNER, BEST COMEDY SCREENPLAY: Cinema City Int'l Film Festival -- "The Funny Thing About Road Kill"
    (2009)

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