Mike was born and raised in Montana and went to film school at Montana State University from 1999-2003, where he interned at Montana PBS studios, directed cameras for NCAA basketball games and worked crew for a variety of networks including FOX Sports, Discovery Channel and CBS. During this time, Mike created a live sketch comedy show, “The Aaron Gentass Show” and attended seminars with Peter Fonda, X-Files creator Chris Carter and many other master storytellers. After college, Mike went on to direct the video committee of the Hatch Film Festival (now The HATCH Experience) from 2004-2007.
Mike moved to Portland, Oregon in 2008, where he proudly co-produced a video for the U.S. Coast Guard and made many music videos in Portland’s eclectic scene. In 2010, Mike came to Los Angeles to pursue his passion of filmmaking full time and was hired by PhotoshopCAFE.com to run the media department. By the time Mike left the company 5 years later in 2015, PhotoshopCAFE.com had gone from 20 Million visitors to over 40 Million and the YouTube channel viewership more than tripled.
In 2013, Mike made a successful Kickstarter video for “Future Presidents,” a project involving President Jimmy Carter, and then teen star, Zendaya. The video raised over $32,000.00 in 45 days, and was backed by 177 people, including actor Samuel L. Jackson and author Terry McMillan.
Mike is currently working full time on feature film projects, client promotional videos and short films with his production company, FrezeFrame Productions. He has filmed on location in 17 states and 3 countries and in 2015, he produced the short film “All Seasons Become One,” which screened at film festivals Internationally, including an LA premiere at the prestigious Grauman’s Chinese Theater. He thanks God every day for getting to work and live somewhere relevant, coming from a place of little resources and few opportunities.
“I’m not afraid to try new things, or make mistakes- I’ve made many. Failure is the opportunity to more intelligently begin again, and any success in my life, I attribute to the attitude of gratitude, hard work and the Golden Rule.”
Specializing in a variety of services including: editing, directing, producing.