Michael W. Hogan

Michael W. Hogan

Motu Productions
Author, Screenwriter and Director

Laguna Beach, California

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December 2019
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About Michael

Michael William Hogan was an accomplished advertising and marketing executive when he made a career decision to leave corporate life in pursuit of success as a screenwriter. While he never stopped honing the craft, his plan was altered for several years as he attended to serious health issues with his wife. By 2019, he again was free to fully-dedicate his time to the new profession.

He wrote and polished numerous feature and short scripts; submitting several to competitions as one means of gauging their worth. That netted over 200 screenwriting awards in 2020/2021 and in January 2021 he directed “Breaking & Entering”, a provocative and edgy drama short based on his script that garnered 24 “Best Short Screenplay” awards. Since hitting the festival circuit in July 2021, Breaking & Entering has won over 20 “Best” short film awards; and earned Michael more than a dozen “Best Director” accolades.

With "Breaking & Entering" as a launch pad, Michael has set his sights on getting four of his favorably covered and polished feature screenplays into development: "Sebastian and the Invisible Island" (4Q Sci-Fi/Fantasy); "The Near-Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry"' (Faith-Based Drama); "Benny B" (4Q Sci-Fi/Comedy); and “Hunger” (Thriller/Horror).

Unique traits: Frequently dismisses both sides of the story in search of one version of the truth.

Videos

Loglines

  • Sebastian and the Invisible Island

    Sebastian and the Invisible Island Sci-fi Adventure A young boy is stranded on a hidden island where his only hope for escape comes from a long-lost female aviator and feuding extraterrestrials who also yearn for home.

  • The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry

    The Near Death Experience of Dr. John Dantry Drama Other Conflicted in his faith, a narcissistic heart surgeon's near-death experience lands him in hell and given a second chance, transforms him from saver of mortal lives to saver of lives eternal.

  • 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.

  • Hunger

    Hunger Thriller Horror A couple’s sailing cruise through the South Pacific to resurrect their marriage turns nightmarish, forcing the young woman to make horrific choices if she is to survive the crazed inhabitant of a deserted island.

  • Not a Creature was Stirring

    Not a Creature was Stirring Horror Comedy 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.

  • Breaking & Entering

    Breaking & Entering Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama A young woman’s conflicted life battling multiple addictions and questionable choices culminates with an autopsy-like introspective journey when she finds herself locked in a morgue with the body of a long-lost love.

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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