Michael Franz is an Emmy Award-Winning Producer and all-around creative based in PDX
Michael's passion for storytelling is apparent in his body of work. Whether behind the camera, producing, or editing, his creative expertise, and collaborative spirit shows through on each project. Michael's videography, photography, and drone work are trusted by such clients as Sports Illustrated, Major League Baseball, The Olympics, Microsoft, TIME Magazine, LiveVR, The Space Needle, NBC, CBS, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and several other large media companies.
In March 2014, his collaborative image from the top of the One World Trade Center was featured on the cover of Time Magazine, the first image in TIME’s 91-year history to ever expand the Red Border to three pages.
In May of 2018, his work on Capturing Everest received a Sports Emmy for Digital Innovation along with a Webby for Best, Most Innovative 360 Video. Michael is also an FAA-certified drone pilot and professional photographer with over 25 years of experience.
• Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer - “Capturing Everest” Digital Innovation (2018)
• Webby 2018 People’s Voice “Capturing Everest” for Best, Most Innovative 360 Video (2018)
• “One World Trade Center” cover image of TIME Magazine (2014)
TOOLS / SKILLS
DJI Inspire Series
DJI Phantom Series
DJI Mavic Series
ARDU Pilot - Custom Builds
Movi / DJI Ronin
Final Cut Pro
Adobe After Effects
"I've been working with Mike for a number of years now. He is a professional that always shows up early and does his research about the nature of every production. Reliable, safe and persistent, he's a man I consider both a colleague and a friend. Mike's focus and determination for delivery of each project comes with the integrity he's known for. His resourcefulness and good attitude on the job are qualities that are important to me and the success of the production."
CHAD COPELAND | ADVENTURE CALLS | OWNER
"I hired Michael to work on a marketing video. The footage he shot was great and the final edit of the project turned out fantastic. He was extremely professional throughout the entire process and I will definitely be hiring him again for future projects! "
LESTER TSAI | ORRC RACE | OWNER
"After my business was temporarily shut down due to Covid-19, I hired Micheal to get a website up and running ASAP. He was working on it within 24 hours and had a professional-looking, live site within 48 hours! He has walked me through the process of uploading and updating information using terminology, and explanations, I can understand. He continues to be available to answer any questions that come up and to help me fine-tune my site. It has been a pleasure working with Michael and I would highly recommend him."
KARA PETERSEN | THE PAPER PLACE | OWNER
"I hired Michael Franz to redesign my website to a more user friendly and a more desirable format that complemented my art work. He was reliable, flexible, very responsive and under promised and over delivered. He made sure that I was trained in each aspect so that I could edit the site myself. I highly recommend Michael to anyone who wants a responsible and knowledgeable professional to work with. "
MELANIE BURNS | A SYMPHONY OF ART | OWNER