Michael Wohl - Resumé

HIGH LEVEL SUMMARY

Award-Winning Filmmaker  Produced, wrote, directed, and/or edited many film and video projects from feature films to internet shorts; from comedy to drama to documentary. Hired and managed production teams from 15 to 75 people. Awarded the CINE Golden Eagle award and dozens of festival accolades. Films have played at scores of film festivals including SXSW, Slamdance, Cinequest, SF International, Mill Valley, Newport Beach, Rotterdam, Victoria, and others. (Filmography listed on subsequent pages.)

Digital Video Expert  Frequent featured speaker on digital filmmaking, 360° video, production workflows, film editing and post production tools at NAB, IBC, InterBEE, MacWorld, DV Expo, SuperMeet, Sundance Film Festival, South By Southwest, and other conferences, festivals and events. Also teach seminars around the world, including a series in 2018 on 360° video production for AT&T Developers Lab.

Best-Selling Author  Fifteen books published for Peachpit Press and Pearson Education. Recent titles include: The 360° Video Handbook, The Craft of Editing, Color Correction in Final Cut Studio, and others. Work translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, and Chinese. Routinely reach the top of Amazon’s ratings within category. Also provide technical writing services for a variety of clients including white papers, marketing copy & more. (Full list of books listed on subsequent pages.) 

Video Training Maven Over 100+ hours of online video training on filmmaking topics including a renowned series called Filmcraft covering all aspects of production. Published by MacProVideo.com, AskVideo.com, DVCreators.net, Lynda.com, and others. Online videos consistantly have 5 (out of 5) stars and rave reviews.

Adjunct Professor Designed curriculum for, and taught courses in film editing, film production, directing, color correction, producing, sound design and others at UCLA and other institutions. Also taught a filmmaking summer camp (UCLA Arts Camp) for six years, instructing teenagers in the art of storytelling through film. Have also taught courses at AFI, USC,  San Francisco State University, and others.

Films & Videos •  Books & Training • Teaching & Speaking •  Software Design •  Education • References


SOFTWARE DESIGN

Apple Computer Software Designer, Instructional Designer 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA On-and-off from 1998 - 2017
Detailed design of user interaction and workflow for Final Cut Pro software up to version 1.2. Designed and produced training curriculum and demos. Supervised and administered beta testing program, Acted as liaison for customers to integrate feedback into iterative design. Later, designed and wrote  user manuals for a variety of products.

Macromedia, Inc. Workflow Designer/Usability Expert   600 Townsend St. San Francisco, CA 1995 - 1998
Design and evaluate every aspect of cutting edge video editing software. Provide usability feedback to host of products including Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Freehand, etc. Perform usability testing and analyze data.

Adobe Systems, Inc. SQA Engineer345 Park Ave. San Jose, CA 1993 - 1995
Tested usability of and provided workflow feedback for graphics (Photoshop & Illustrator) and video editing (Premiere & After Effects) software for Macintosh and Windows platforms.


EDUCATION

Bennett Theatre Lab, San Francisco, CA Three-year Stanislavski method acting program  1996 - 1999

San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA  cum laude Bachelor of Arts: Film Production 1992

Northeastern University Boston, MA  Major: Speech Communication 1986 - 1988


Books and Training Videos

The 360° Video Handbook •  Vrrrynice.com, Los Angeles, CA   2018
A step-by-step guide to creating video for virtual reality. 285 pages 

AppleTV user guide  •  Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA 2015 - 2017
Official Apple user manual for Apple TV. 420 pages

iMovie user guide  •  Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA 2015- 2017
Official Apple user manual for iMovie iOS. 380 pages

Final Cut Pro user guide  •  Apple, Inc., Cupertino, CA 2010 - 2017
Official Apple user manual for Final Cut Pro. 1400 pages

Adobe Premiere training videos •  Macprovideo.com, Vancouver, BC 2015 - 2016
Series of online courses on editing in Adobe Premiere CS6. 12 hours

Michael Wohl’s Filmcraft •  Ask Video.com, Vancouver, BC 2014 - 2015
Series of video courses on producing, directing, cinematography, sound recording, and editing. 8 hours

Final Cut Pro training videos  •  MacProVideo.com, Vancouver, BC 2006 - 2015
Interactive on-line and DVD training on Final Cut Pro, Motion, Color, & Compressor. 50 hours

Adobe Photoshop training videos •  Macprovideo.com, Vancouver, BC 2014
Series of online courses on using Photoshop in preparation for work in Adobe Premiere and FCP. 2 hours

Apple Pro Training Series: FCP X: Advanced Editing •  Apple Computer/Peachpit Press 2012
Official Apple Level 300 course for flagship editing software. 800 pages 

Visual Quickstart Guide Final Cut Pro X •  Pearson Education, New York, NY 2011
Alternative user guide for Apple’s editing software. 530 pages 

Color Correction in FCP Studio  •  Peachpit Press, Berkeley, CA 2009
Official Apple training materials for color correction techniques. 450 pages

Apple Pro Training Series: Color •  Apple Computer/Peachpit Press 2007
Official Apple training materials for new color correction software. 410 pages

Apple Pro Training Series: FCP: Beyond The Basics •  Apple Computer/Peachpit Press 2007
Official Apple Level 300 course for flagship editing software. 880 pages

FCP:  The Craft Of Editing •  Apple Computer/Peachpit Press 2007
Unique course on editing techniques for dramatic, documentary and other program styles. 450 pages

Advanced Techniques Final Cut Pro (3 editions)  •  Peachpit Press, Berkeley, CA 2003-2006
Wrote and revised Apple Pro Training advanced editing and special effects manual. 1100 pages

Michael Wohl’s Motion PowerStart  •  Evolver Digital LLC/DV Creators. net 2004
Interactive DVD instructing how to do special effects with motion graphics software 90 minutes

Motion User’s Manual  •  Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA 2004 - 2017
Official documentation and tutorials for Apple’s motion graphics software. 2000 pages

Editing Techniques with Final Cut Pro (2 editions) •  Peachpit Press, Berkeley CA 2001 - 2003
Update to best-selling editing manual. Features interviews with Walter Murch and others. 560 pages

ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN:  Ivy Magazine, Digital Production Buzz, RES, Macworld, Film & Video Maker, DV Full Motion, etc.


SELECTED FILMS & VIDEOS

Everything’s Swell  •  Pregnant Pause Productions, Los Angeles CA July, 2018
Produced, wrote, directed and edited short romantic comedy about a pregnant couple. 13 min. 4K

A Seat At The Table  •  Vrrrynice.com, Los Angeles CA January, 2017
Produced, directed, edited and co-host for culinary travel show pilot. 5 min, 360° video 

The Synergos Approach   •  Talkingstick Pictures, The Synergos Institute, New York NY January, 2015
Produced, directed and edited fundraising and public relations video for international non profit. 10 min, HD 

What is the ATA ? • Talkingstick Pictures, Minsitry of Agriculture, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2011 - 2014
Produced, directed, & edited series of educational videos about Ethiopia’s agricultural transformation. 12 min, HD 

IDEO Row Planter  •  Talkingstick Pictures, IDEO.org, Palo Alto, CA 2012
Produced, directed and edited promo video about the non-profit wing of the esteemed design firm. 4 min, HD

Meet & Greet •  Enlightened Pictures, Los Angeles, CA 2011
Production manager and First AD for short comedy. 12 min, HD

Only Vegas •  Willet Media Group, Los Angeles, CA 2010
Produced, directed and edited comic spec TV spot for Las Vegas Visitor’s Bureau. 1 min/30 sec, HD

Per/Versions  •  Perspicuity Productions, Los Angeles 2010
Co-produced, co-directed interactive choose-your-own-perspective short comedy. 48 min, HD

Tales From The Catholic Church of Elvis •  CCofE LLC, Las Vegas, NV 2011
Second-unit director and production editor of feature film adaptation of one-woman-show. 97 min, HD

TheHomeFront.TV  •  Willet Media Group LLC, Los Angeles CA 2008
Co-wrote, directed and edited 12-episode web series about military wives. 90 min, HD

Exposure  •Willet Media Group LLC, Los Angeles, CA 2007
Produced and edited short drama about teenage photographer. 6 min, HD

Artistic License  •  Identification Films, Los Angeles CA 2005
Co-wrote, directed and edited comedy short/pilot about the Dept. of Motor Vehichles 24 min, 35mm
Festivals/Awards: Best Short, Austin Film Festival, Best Comedy, NY Television Fest, 23 others. 

WANT  •Slant Rhyme Productions/God Shaped Hole Productions 2003
Wrote, produced, directed, and edited digital feature about, dot-com mania and sex addiction. 97 min DVCAM
Festivals/Awards: Cinequest, IFP Central Standard, Newport Beach Film Festival, others.

Bare Witness Productions 1999 - 2003
Co-founded and served as Artistic Director of improvisational theater/film company. Various lengths, DV
Festivals/Awards: SLAMDANCE, Mill Valley Film Festival, others.  

The Man and his Machine  •Propoganda Films/Apple Inc. 1999
Produced and edited 30 second commercial about Leonardo DaVinci.  1 min. 35mm

Swing Dancing in the 90’s  •Macromedia Video Productions, San Francisco, CA 1998
Produced, directed and edited hour long documentary about swing dancing.  30 min. BCSP

“Jumptown”  •  Slant Rhyme Productions/RhumbaBums, San Francisco, CA 1998
Produced, directed and edited music video for Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums. 5 min. BCSP

Hobie Cat Lifestyle Video  •  Macromedia Video Productions/Hobie Cat Sailboats 1997
Produced, directed, and edited twenty minute promotional video for Hobie Cat sailboats. 9 min DV/35mm

Theatereality  • Theatereality Productions, San Francisco, CA May 1993
Co-authored, produced, directed, and edited an award winning fictional documentary. 34 min. BCSP
Festivals/Awards: CINE Golden Eagle, Mill Valley Film Festival, others.       


TEACHING EXPERINECE

AT&T Developers Lab developer.att.com/blog/category/devlabs 2018
Designed and taught hands-on seminar on 360° video production. Taught in multiple cities in the United States.

AskVideo.com  Lead instructor, Vancouver, BC 2009 - Ongoing
Design and teach wide range of courses on filmmaking topcis, including Michael Wohl’s Filmcraft; Adobe Premiere, After Effects, DaVinci Resolve, Final Draft, Final Cut Pro, Motion, Color, Compressor, and others.

Apple, Inc  Apple Product Documentation Dept, Cupertino, CA 2015 - 2017
Led internal training across a wide range of topics as part of my role as instructional designer.

UCLA  Department of Theater, Film, & Television, Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 2006 - 2013
Designed and taught graduate level courses as a visiting professor. Also taught Advanced Filmmaking course for UCLA Arts Camp, and participate (ongoing) in their Workshops by Design program.  

Weynand Training North Hollywood, CA 2007 - 2010
Design and teach seminars for leading digital video training center.

DV Creators.net   2286 Ronda Vista Dr., Los Angeles, CA 2000–2009
Pioneered 3-day DV Revolution workshop on digital video production, as well as advanced editing course.

Pixar Animation Studios 1200 Park Ave. Emeryville, CA 2003 - 2006
Designed and taught classes at “PIXAR University” internal employee training program. Classes included  “Instant Video” (1 wk), “Digital Cinema Workshop” (6 wks). and “Practical Film Directing” (10 wks).

San Francisco State University   600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 2001 - 2002
Taught classes as adjunct professor in Cinema Department on “Future Cinema”

American Film Institute   2021 N. Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 2000- 2001 Created and taught both beginning and advanced classes on digital video. Also consulted on class design for several other classes.

University of Georgia  Franklin College of Arts & Sciences, Athens, GA 1999 
Taught seminar style classes for Continuing education department. Beginning and advanced editing.

Academy of Art College  74 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 1994 - 1996
Classes included Basic Video Production, Advanced Video Production, Motion Picture Language, Digital Non-linear Editing and seminars on computer graphics, layout, and multimedia applications.

ADDITIONAL SPEAKING

LACPUG Los Angeles Creative Pro User’s Group, frequent speaker, many topics 1998 - Current

Black Magic Design Conference & Expo  Featured speaker on creating virtual reality content. 2018

Digital Production Buzz Los Angeles, New York, etc. •  Guest speaker, various topics 2015 - 2017

Pro Video Coalition Los Angeles •  Speaker, various topics 2017

Moviola Webinar Los Angeles •  Guest speaker, various topics 2016

SUPERMEET Las Vegas, Amsterdam. •  Guest speaker, various topics  2006 - 2012

NAB Conference Las Vegas •  Lecturer, many topics 1996 - Current

DV EXPO  Los Angeles, New York, etc. •  Lecturer, many topics  1998 - Current

Macworld Powertools Conference San Francisco •  Lecturer, Final Cut Pro, Motion 2002 - 2006

Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT •  Panel Speaker, Apple New Media Center 2004

South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin TX •  Panel Moderator, Future of Digital Filmmaking 2003

Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose, CA • Keynote Speaker, Digital by Digital conference 2003

Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival, Victoria, BC • Editing for Interactive Environments 2003

Toolfarm Training, San Francisco, CA • Beginning and advanced editing courses 2000 - 2001


REFERENCES

Nathan Melsted, Apple, Inc. nathan.melsted@gmail.com

Brian Meaney, Formerly Apple, now Magic Leap Brian@meaney.org

Myrl Schreibman, UCLA myrlschreibman@gmail.com

Daniel Gamburg, Producer Daniel@Enlightenedpictures.com

Laura Karpman, Governor, Motion Picture Academy laura@laurakarpman.com