Michael Schmucker

Michael’s work is characterized by lush imagery, surreal scenes, and technical excellence. He creates films you can feel.

portrait of Michael Schmucker on set in dark mood lighting

Michael’s background in filmmaking is both deep and broad, combining experience in cinematography, visual effects, animation, and producing.

He’s a technical craftsman, with a skill for bringing complicated visuals to screen. In his work, the technical is a vehicle for—not a limitation to—the creative potential. Rich tones and dramatic lighting are hallmarks of his films, and he’s co-produced two features that were sold to Paramount.

Michael’s background in production informs his approach to directing. He is one of those rare directors who not only pursues meticulous execution, but infuses his films with genuine empathy and compelling character moments.