is a graduate of the University of New South Wales in Australia, with degrees in Business Economics and Computer Science. He also spent a semester at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

At the completion of his degree, his desire to pursue filmmaking led him to engage with local film initiatives, including Kino Sydney and the Sydney Film Festival. Having undertaken film production studies in Sydney, Michael also served as writer and director on multiple film projects. 

His crowdfunded short, HELLOS & GOODBYES, was screened at local and international festivals, including the 2014 Beloit International Film Festival.

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