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Michael franz filming with a red camera in black butte ranch

Michael Franz is an Emmy Award-Winning Producer and all-around creative based in PDX

Michael is a consummate storyteller whose passion reverberates throughout his diverse body of work. Whether wielding a camera, taking on producing responsibilities, or refining his craft in the editing suite, his creative prowess and collaborative spirit shine through every project. His expertise spans videography, photography, and drone work, earning the trust of esteemed clients such 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 prominent media entities.

Noteworthy milestones in Michael's illustrious career include a March 2014 achievement when his collaborative image, captured from the summit of the One World Trade Center, graced the cover of Time Magazine. This landmark image marked a historic moment, expanding TIME's iconic Red Border to three pages for the first time in the publication's 91-year history.

In May of 2018, Michael's contributions to "Capturing Everest" earned him a Sports Emmy for Digital Innovation, accompanied by a Webby for Best, Most Innovative 360 Video. Beyond his creative accolades, Michael is an FAA-certified drone pilot and a seasoned professional photographer, boasting an impressive 25 years of industry experience. His dedication to storytelling, coupled with a commitment to innovation and excellence, positions Michael as a trailblazer in the realms of visual media and digital innovation.

Resume

Work Samples

SERVICES

TOOLS / SKILLS

DRONE

  • DJI Inspire Series

  • DJI Phantom Series

  • DJI Mavic Series

  • FreeFly ALTA

  • ARDU Pilot - Custom Builds

VIDEO

  • RED

  • Sony

  • Canon

  • Blackmagic

  • Movi / DJI Ronin

EDITING/DESIGN

  • Final Cut Pro​

  • Adobe Premiere

  • Adobe After Effects

  • Photoshop/ Lightroom

  • Wix/SS/WP/WebFlow

PHOTO

  • Landscape​

  • Gigapixel

  • BTS

  • Live-action

TESTIMONIALS

"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

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