Michael's first attempts at filmmaking began with creating animated shorts with a simple video camera in the early 1990s when he was in high school. His first live action short film was in his senior year and was titled, The Grim Reaper Cometh, a dark comedy for a "Film as Literature" class. This led to Michael working with other students, editing their video projects for classes on two VCRs joined together through a simple piece of sound-mixing equipment.
After working as a copyboy at the New York Daily News for three years, he attended Watkins Film School in Nashville, TN in 1997. While there, he learned to utilize Hi8 video and editing equipment. Returning to New York, he attended the New York Film Academy, shooting three more shorts with 16mm film and conventional editing equipment (Steenbecks).
Continuing his work in journalism, Michael wrote for the Daily News for a year, then moved on as a reporter — and later, as an editor — for the Queens Chronicle, a local newspaper in Queens, NY. During that time, he continued his film career working as a boom operator, grip, production assistant and extra on several short and feature-length motion pictures. He has since returned to the Daily News as a writer and news editor for its website, nydailynews.com.