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A Family Farm
Paul Smith Perfume
One Perfect Rose
The Big Day
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All About michele
michele atkins was named in Shoot Magazine’s 2013 New Directors Showcase for her ability to capture a moment in time and illuminate emotive work through striking visual narratives. Among them, her winning entry to the Levi’s Show Us The Way competition for up and coming filmmakers, a short film she directed and shot.
Luckily for audiences, michele’s passion for television and film has been a constant companion since she was a child. She was the girl who stayed indoors, watching “oldies;” she opted to direct and act in an imaginary TV series while others played kickball.
michele studied documentary filmmaking and launched her career shooting and editing news segments. This rapid-fire production served her well as she transitioned into working on indie films, music videos and commercials. Producing for leading directors – including Joe Pytka and Zack Snyder – provided an unprecedented opportunity to learn from the best in the business, and garner keen insight to serving agency and client needs with award-winning creative. It was the perfect springboard from which to leap into directing long ago imagined in the basement rec room.
She is a true storyteller; creating content for a transmedia world, leveraging her editing talent and gift for writing to fit each project’s needs, from large-scale campaigns to nimble, new media executions. For every endeavor, michele finds solutions through the directing process and shoots for the edit, all of which informs her beautiful compositions and compelling narratives.
Most recently michele wrapped her second campaign for Gundersen Health System via Preston Kelly. She was also awarded the Academy’s 2016 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship for her screenplay “Talking About the Sky.”
Even More About Michele
Looking at that sweet face, the brown eyes and the red polka-dotted bow tie, you’d never know that the little girl next door grew up to be a Led Zeppelin rocking, Sticky Fingers crooning, hard core horror film fan. Then there was also a softer side: shooting photos from the eye of the hurricane inside a body-slamming punk show mosh pit, the howl of PJ Harvey’s rough release demo tapes, and a craving for Lucien Frued’s dark pathos.
Then, it happened: George Harrison came to her in a dream. They walked by the surf. They didn’t speak. He touched her shoulder. “Everything’s gonna be all right,” he said. When she woke up, everything was different. She quit smoking and she could speak to cats. She took public transportation (in Los Angeles?), and she swam for years, started filming down there underneath the waterline. And she was changed.
“This is what it’s all about,” she said. “The little details matter.” It’s the small stuff in life that counts.
MICHELE’S ALL-TIME FAVORITE FILMS
1. Withnail & I
3. A Prophet
4. Read My Lips