Michael is a Russian-born, Israeli cinematographer based in Tel Aviv. Raised in Moscow at a pivotal point in modern history – the collapse of the USSR, he grew up during the great surge of Western cinema and television through the Iron Curtain. With his immigration to Israel, he had the benefit of being raised in a trilingual atmosphere, experiencing Israeli, Russian and English cultures.
Michael is a graduate of the prestigious directing and production program at The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University. At the school he studied the art of filmmaking in great depth, assuming most film production positions - director, cinematographer, editor, color grader and VFX artist. He graduated the 4-year program with over 60 credited student productions.
"Dust and Delights", Michael’s thesis film was wrapped in 2016 and went on to a two-year festival circuit, winning the Grand Prix award for Best Short at the International Split Film Festival in Croatia.
Starting his film industry career in the capacity of focus puller, Michael had the privilege of being mentored by some of the best directors of photography operating in Israel. As a result, his experience was enriched with various approaches, solutions, and techniques in cinematic language.
Always learning and honing his skills, and with years of set experience in narrative, documentary, music video, and commercial productions, Michael is well suited to a wide variety of projects and genres.