michael wohl - Director


Michael Wohl

is an award-winning filmmaker with nearly two decades of experience including narrative, documentary, short form, features, and interactive/VR, and genres including comedy, drama, nonfiction and educational. His debut feature garnered the following praise:

"Crafted with assurance and panache!” - FILM THREAT

“An arresting feature! Wohl’s screen future looks bright!” - VARIETY

“Refreshing, funny, and brilliant!” - NEW YORK MAGAZINE

He was co-founder and the original artistic director of Bare Witness Productions, the award-winning 20-year old improvisational filmmaking cooperative in San Francisco. His solo work has won awards and acknowledgments at many film festivals and competitions including:


Michael is also an accomplished producer and editor, He is co-founder of several production companies, including Talkingstick Pictures, where he and his team spent four years documenting Ethiopia’s Agricultural Transformation Agency; an ambitious and inspirational effort to overhaul agricultural practices for that country’s millions of rural smallholder farmers. This project was facilitated by The Synergos Institute and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Other clients include Apple, Adobe, Pearson Education.

He is perhaps most well known as one of the original designers of Apple’s Emmy award-winning software Final Cut Pro and had had the privilege of being involved in several related software development projects.

He has also maintained a parallel career as an author, professor, and educator, sharing his passion, enthusiasm, and sharply honed understanding of the art and craft of filmmaking to students at  UCLA’s Graduate School of Film and Television and elsewhere. He is author of 15 books on the art and craft of filmmaking, which have sold tens of thousands of copies and have been translated into six languages, He is regularly invited to speak at film festivals and conferences including Sundance, SXSW, NAB, IBC, and many others, and his hundreds of hours of online training courses are among the highest rated at AskVideo.com. His training has garnered praise including: