Michael Coleman is an award winning director and cinematographer. For over fifteen years Michael has focused on making films about audio and music. His behind-the-scenes work has been featured in such films as director Brett Morgen’s, The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane, director Cameron Crowe and Producer Morgan Neville’s, Pearl Jam Twenty, director John M. Chu’s, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Director J.C. Chandor’s, All is Lost, director Michael Bay’s, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, director Nimrod Antal’s, Metallica: Through the Never and Aerosmith’s multi platinum film, You Gotta Move.
Past and ongoing clients include Dolby Laboratories, Walt Disney Pictures, Zoetrope Studios, IMAX, Apple, Lexus, Lucasfilm, Sony Electronics, THX, Meyer Sound, Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants and SHN.
Michael’s work has been recognized as a top director on Vimeo with 12 of his films selected as Staff Picks cumulating over 3 million views.
In 2009, Michael launched the SoundWorks Collection videos series which takes you behind the scenes and straight to the dub stage for a look into audio post-production for feature films, video games, and original soundtrack composition. This exclusive and intimate video series focuses on individuals and teams behind-the-scenes, bringing to life some of the world’s most exciting projects.
The SoundWorks Collection video series has already surpassed 100 million hits and 7 million views and has included interviews with directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, James Cameron, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Brad Bird, Mark Andrews, Lee Unkrich, Brian Helgeland, Joseph Kosinski, and many other leaders in the film industry.
In 2012, Michael worked with director Patrick Shen and producer Brandon Vedder as Post Production Supervisor on their film, La Source which was narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Crash). La Source tells the story of Josue Lajuenesse, a Haitian Princeton janitor who returns to his country after the devastating 2010 earthquake to help bring clean water to his village.
In 2015, Michael was the extra features editor for JACO, a compelling story of prodigious talent, bass guitar phenomenon Jaco Pastorius, through the eyes of his family and various musical collaborators. Directed by Paul Marchand and Produced by Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.
In 2016, Michael directed the short film, John Muir - Coming Home which was inspired by the writings of naturalist, author and early advocate of wilderness preservation John Muir. This short film was featured on Sierra Club, Outside Magazine and San Jose Mercury News culminating 300K+ impressions.
Also in 2016, Michael reunited with director Patrick Shen as an associate producer on his film, In the Pursuit of Silence which is a meditative feature film about the value of silence, our relationship with sound, and the impact of noise.
In 2017, Michael directed his debut feature documentary titled, The Art of Listening, which is about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice. The film was produced with Sony Electronics and premiered at SXSW in 2017, followed by a 2-year feature on Youtube accumulating 1.3 million views.
Michael is currently in production on his next feature documentary.
PRESS: SOUNDWORKS COLLECTION
The Hollywood Reporter
Savannah Film Festival
Film School Rejects
Below the Line
PRESS: THE ART OF LISTENING
Consequence of Sound
Raindance Film Festival
Chef Tyler Florence
Golden State Warriors
Industrial Light & Magic
Michael Mondavi Wines
Pixar Animation Studios
San Francisco Giants
The Bay Club
The Recording Academy
Walt Disney Studios
Warner Bros. Studios
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Fitz and the Tantrums
Florence and the Machine
Foster the People
Los Lonely Boys
Michael Franti and Spearhead