Michael Angelo Media VFX Flame Artist
Michael Angelo Media VFX Flame Artist

Michael Angelo is a visual effects artist and documentary/commercial director specializing in circus arts. Michael Angelo Media has a long history in production and post for commercials, music videos, feature films, documentaries and more. Check out the show reel here.

Born in San Francisco California, Michael Angelo began his career working in the camera department at Magnetic Image in Northern California. While completing a Broadcasting degree at San Francisco State University, Michael directed and produced a short documentary about the Therapon Association, a provider of housing and care for autistic children and adults in Marin County. While also working as a researcher at THX Lucasfilm LTD located at Skywalker Ranch, he gained access to the world of visual effects via the infamous Industrial Light and Magic. At ILM Michael shadowed world renowned Visual Effects Supervisor Ken Ralston for a photojournalism assignment and fell in love with visual effects. 

Michael then began shooting and editing test commercials for ad agency Goodby Silverstein and Partners and eventually moved fully into postproduction. Working as an online editor, colorist and visual effects artist at Pacific Video Resources in San Francisco, Michael spent years working with directors of features, commercials and documentaries, including well-known documentarist Werner Herzog. Other editorial highlights include the 1998 CBS Winter Olympics in Nagano Japan, editing and creating graphics for the first snowboarding events in history. Then later he was a primetime swimming feature stories editor for NBC 2000 Olympics in Sydney Australia.

Michael Angelo has spent more than 2 decades focusing his talents on Autodesk Flame visual effects, working for a variety of high end post houses including The Mission Studio, Framestore, Charlex, Method Studios, R!ot, The Mill, Psyop, Eight VFX, Logan and others. Project highlights include Super Bowl commercials and feature films like Knight and Day, Time Traveler’s Wife, X-Men Origins, Jumper, Live Free or Die Hard and more. In 2020 Michael created visual effects for Beyonce’s film Black is King which is now streaming on Disney Plus.  

In 2012 Michael began directing the feature documentary in progress  A DocumenTree. This led to an exploration of circus arts and the neuroscience of flow states. Now Michael trains and teaches circus arts weekly via North Beach Circus Arts Flow “Circus Saturdays” event in Washington Square Park San Francisco. He also directs commercials for The 7 Fingers “Dear San Francisco” show at Club Fugazi and others Circus Arts performances.