Michael J Schilling
Born and raised in the Bay Area, I picked up my first 35mm still camera at the age of twelve. The I spent the next several years studying and experimenting with photography on my classic Canon AE-1. My early work was dedicated to only black and white 35mm still images, all personally hand processed and printed. When I shifted my focus towards cinematography, I then decided to compose with color.
I’ve been actively working in the industry for over a decade on countless Feature, TV, Music Video, and Commercials. I was even mentored by Chris Strong, who is an industry legend, and long time David Fincher collaborator. I’ve also had the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s great Cinematographers such as Caleb Deschanel ASC, Michael Goi ASC, William Fraker ASC, and Roy Wagner ASC. It is also worth mentioning I have a BA in Film Studies and Cinematography, and minored in Photography. My extensive background in lighting has led me to working with clients like FOX, Amazon, Netflix, shows such as 'American Horror Story', and the film '6 Balloons'. Currently, I just finished camera operating on photography for Avatar 2 & 3, and excited to start other collaborative projects.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Cinematography and am currently based out of Los Angeles and San Francisco.