About Michael Lang

Michael Lang began his career in the Entertainment Industry by studying acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Shortly after graduating in 1994 he was shown his future while working on the controversial film “American History X” by director Tony Kaye. “I quickly realized I wanted to be on the other side of the lens,” Michael says, “I wanted to help create the vision of a film, build it from the ground up and shape it’s destiny. I wanted to be the author… not just a character.”

With the onset of digital filmmaking in the ’90’s Michael taught himself to shoot. It wasn’t long before he was working as a Camera Operator on low budget music videos, commercials, television pilots and image campaigns. Then in 2005 Michael wrote, shot and directed a feature film entitled “The Last Known Documentary”. The film had it’s world premier at the Cinequest Film festival in San Jose California and was touted as a “must see”.

In 2007 Michael was hired by the international architecture firm Anshen+Allen in San Francisco to produce and shoot an image campaign that was used as part of a bid to land a 1.3 billion dollar contract. Later that year Michael was hired by Newman Wachs Racing (Eddie Wachs and the late Paul Newman) as the team’s still photographer to document their quest for the checkered flag in the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic series.

In August 2009 Michael decided to further his education and focus on his passion for cinematography. He attended The Maine Media Workshops and completed a Residency in Cinematography. An intensive ten week program it focused on advanced lighting and visual storytelling. Maine provided a breathtaking backdrop to hone his craft. Notable instructors included Douglas Hart, First Assistant Camera (Presumed Innocent, The Purple Rose of Cairo) Tom Weston (Hustle & Flow, Law and Order SVU) Rodney Taylor, ASC (That Evening Sun, Wired To Win) and Robbie Greenberg, ASC (Wild Hogs, The Milagro Beanfield War).

2011 has proven to be a very busy year. In February 2011 Michael was hired as the gaffer for actress Jaime King’s directorial debut “Latch Key”, which was lensed by Cinematographer Tod Campbell. In the summer of 2011 Michael worked on over a dozen projects as Gaffer for the company Torchwerks in Omaha, NE. Most notably was a national television commercial for the company Bad Boy Buggies which you can watch here.

Other notable projects were a 15 second spot for Borsheims and a 30 second commercial for St Francis Medical Center.

In September Michael shot a successful spec commercial for Redken product “Nature’s Rescue” which you can view here. The commercial was shot at Minorwhite Studios and stars Miami based model Samantha D’Giff.

Currently Michael is the Cinematographer for the Horror Anthology series “The Dead Hour”. You can visit www.thedeadhour.com to watch episodes and see behind the scenes content.

With a great appreciation for originating on film and an eye on the future of digital technology Michael is looking for projects as a Cinematographer that are unique stories with great visual potential.

4 Responses to “About Michael Lang”

  1. GOOD LUCK!!!!!

  2. Mr. Lang…I’ve read a lot online about “The Last Known Documentary,” but cannot find a copy of it. I’d love to obtain a copy of it on DVD for my own personal use, but have been out of luck. Can you give me any advice as to where I could get a copy? I love and support indie films. I’m a high school history and literature teacher and I am interested in film. Thanks.

  3. Mr. Lang…Sent you an email about The Last Known Documentary and how you would like things to be arranged. Sent it last week and will send again today in case you missed it. Thanks.
    Duane Wirdel

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