Making Creativity Work on a Budget

(or without

a budget)

About me:

my top 35 favourite movies of all time: Empire Strikes Back, Henry Fool by Hal Hartley, Labyrinth, A History of Violence, True Romance, Kids, Oldboy (2003), Rush (1991), Tremors, It’s Such A Beautiful Day, Monster in a Box, The Langoliers, Night of the Demons 2, Pump Up the Volume, Star Wars Uncut: Director’s Cut, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Crumb, Demonlover (2002), Unforgiven, Batman Returns, The Goonies, Tombstone, The Idiots, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The NeverEnding Story, eXistenZ, La Cite Des Enfants Perdus, Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, The Visitors (1972), Power of Grayskull, Search and Destroy (1995), The Omen (1976), Boys Don’t Cry, Upstream Color and Raiders!

I enjoy listening to music in the background while I work on creative projects – top30 favourite bands of all time:

Pantera, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Rage Against the Machine, Van Morrison, AC/DC, Slipknot, Slayer, Megadeth, Live, Efterklang, B52s, Rancid, Citizen Cope, Aphex Twin, Daft Punk, Devildriver, The Police, Portishead, Skid Row, Bon Jovi, Korn, Foghat, Nazareth, Trinity Roots, Journey, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Coal Chamber, Gorillaz, Motley Crue, Imagine Dragons.

Big fan of Rik Mayall, Bill Bailey and Steve Wrigley – comedians.

I have written, produced, art direction, storyboards, and DOP for 5 short movies shot on video. Mostly student projects, 3 x 1 day shoots, 1 x 5 week shoot. Re-edited 4 of them in 2013. I also directed all except the 5th but the footage was never recovered for that one – an untitled poltergeist movie with some pretty impressive cinematography and FX – I produced it and it was a major undertaking, loved every minute of it. All were shot on zero budgets with cheap handycams and a little stage lighting – burning a friend’s carpet at one point (I had to pay for damages – approx. $100 I learned my lesson about using outdoor lighting inside.) And I worked on 1 other short movie for the 48hr filmmaking competition as story writing supervisor and script co-writer (uncredited.) These projects were a huge learning process for me and I’m very excited about doing more micro-budget producing – especially for television. I’m writing micro-budget scripts and saving my pennies to make another short movie. I’m also learning animation. I produced the music (French A Capella) based on some of my lyrics for the soundtrack on my first two surviving short movies. Currently developing an animated music video based on my script and my lyrics. Writing a short movie and a number of screenplays to send to directors I like.

I’m keen to team up with a horror scriptwriter/producer to make short and feature micro-budget horror movies shot on video.

Mike’s Philosophy

Imagination is a powerful force; once wrangled can birth tremendous discovery and perspective on the lives we experience. Through understanding the best and the darkest moments that force themselves upon us, brilliant and believable solutions can be spun. The characters and the worlds I create come from this imagination, practiced by a history of writing since childhood and a lifetime of world travel— traversing the globe four times over. As a disciplined and tenacious writer, my work has spanned screenplays, stage plays, video games, software and tabletop games, non fiction, novels, animation, comic books and short stories— having realised first-hand the benefit of writing as a recovery and healing process, I take regular involvement in the mental health community; which has welcomed me as a friend and supporter for years. In addition to a formal degree in creative writing, a manuscript has won a mentorship sponsored by the New Zealand Society of Authors.


I am an experienced video editor and video producer, I can help you with your video projects, contact me below to enquire.

I have a degree in Screenwriting and have written several screenplays, some theatre and short movies as well as a TV pilot script which was well-received by TVNZ, but passed on due to budget constraints.

Through a one year Certificate at Aoraki Polytechnic, I gained experience making short movies on video – especially writing, directing, video editing and art department. As well as acting and producing for children’s theatre, learning the technical equipment for radio and television – (radio) programming shows, writing ads, promotional chores, interviewing, performing as a dj, using radio station mixing equipment, (television) operating the sound booth, and operating one of the stationary cameras at the tv station.

Coming Soon

Link to my twitch channel at the bottom of the page.

I will be focusing on indie and retro video gaming.

favourite gaming systems in order of preference: sega megadrive/genesis, sega master system, ps1, magic: the gathering (online and tabletop), classic pc (close combat, the sims 1, age of empires gold collector’s ed, grim fandango, the neverhood), amiga, ds lite (wall e, hell’s kitchen, tony hawk downhill), acorn archimedes, c64, jaguar, spectrum, ps3 and in addition to indie, my three favourite genres: platform games, strategy, and fighting. Also a bit of adventure, arcade/scrolling shooters, unique rpgs (puzzle pirates, 8bitmmo, neverwinter nights platinum (NN is nostalgia mainly), probably anything built with rpgmaker.) I do like a good rpg but it has to be really unique for me to invest my attention. I don’t care about graphics, I care about a good story and innovative mechanics, sophisticated ideas, creative vision, clever writing.