A graduate of the University of Michigan and an award winning screenwriter, Michael J. Warner has expanded into becoming an overall filmmaker with his first 16-minute HD short called “Shocked Jock” which has been an official selection at seven film festivals so far!
In collaboration with a few ASL colleagues, he completed "Shocked Jock" last summer which made its debut screening at the Newport Beach Film Festival in April 2006. (www.shockedjock.com
The production went very smoothly thanks in part to the use of ASL's HD camera package and edit suite which were utilized to capture and edit the piece.
Michael wrote, directed and produced the short which was aided by the editing skill of Ryan Servant, the HD engineering and assistant directing by Anthony S. Lenzo, the lighting direction by Jim Mullen, the camera work by James Palczewski and the outstanding soundtrack created by Kevin Patrick of www.adipro.net
Since the debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival, a 5-minute version of "Shocked Jock" screened at the New York Short-Short Film Festival.
On October 6, the 16-minute version will screen at the famous Mann’s Chinese Theaters at the FAIF International Film Festival. Also on October 4, “Shocked Jock” will screen at the Connecticut Film Festival. And on October 5, it will screen at the Harlem Film Festival.
In November, "Shocked Jock" will screen at the Big Apple Film Festival at the Tribeca Cinemas from November 16-18.
For the 2007 Delray Beach Film Festival in Florida, “Shocked Jock” was one of the first official selections.
Michael began his career as a staff accountant in the consolidation department at Paramount Communications. After working as a p.a. on “Sex and the City” for one season, Michael landed at Air Sea Land Productions, Inc. (ASL) where after four quick years he has become Director of Operations. He is expanding his horizons beyond accounting by developing several ASL productions both for HDTV and for direct-to-market DVDs while also trying to bring ASL into the feature-film business.