Michael covers 95 percent of all special screenings and Premieres in Westwood, California as the union projectionist. Michael has in the past and will continue in the future to cover various Film Festivals, Premieres and other special screenings throughout the United States as a Projection Engineer, Technical Director and Screening Engineer. Michael is willing to travel worldwide, but has not done so for any jobs thus far.
Michael's longest work day at 52 hours was in March 2014. It began at 1:30pm on Wednesday and ended at 5:30pm on Friday. It started with an email, while Michael was at Disneyland; it continued in Orange County and then to Los Angeles County as Michael picked up new and my existing equipment and continued to Beverly Hills for equipment testing and loading. At 1am on Thursday, Michael and his employee left for Phoenix. Michael was able to get two 15min naps on the way. At 8:45am, they arrived at the Perfoming Arts Center and unloaded; set up and tested our 5.1 sound system, Digital Cinema Projector and Cinema Server and a Mac Pro 12 core for preshow material and completed a run through and an evening screening; after the screening, we struck the equipment and reloaded. At 12:45am on Friday, they started our return trip. Michael was able to get four naps for a total of 2.5 hours, arriving back in Beverly Hills at 8am. Michael took two hours to go home and wash up and he was back at the Wilshire Screening Room at 10am and ran screenings till 5:30pm.
Michael has done screenings that were last minute, emergency screenings and screenings that the client told Michael that they were told by a higher level studio executive and by the biggest company that supplies equipment for screenings that it could not be done. The client was referred to Michael and of course, Michael did the screening as they requested.
Michael's current union scale day rate as projectionist for Premiers and special screenings is $702.08 and Michael's day rate as a Screening Engineer is $1,000.00.
Screening Services Group and continues to supply 2K and 4K Christie and Nec projectors, Cinema Servers, Video decks, 5.1 and 7.1 sound systems, screens, both with and without Projection Engineers, or Screening Engineers to screenings at a Facebook Executives home for an outdoor screening in Atherton, CA; the Cesar Chavez outdoor screening in Delano, CA for the United Farm Workers that made the LA News Broadcast; the Performing Arts Centers in Phoenix and Tempe, AZ; various movie and TV studios, Talent Agencies and Post Production facilities and labs; homes of celebrities, Movie Studio, Music and TV executives, and the Prime minister of Saudia Arabia; various movie theatres and Performing Arts venues in the LA Area.
Michael has been an early adopter in trying to help the environment. I started using canvas shopping bags and low flow water devices in the early 90's; early generation LED room lighting in 2007; a Prius in 2011 and a Tesla in 2013 and just recently became a vegetarian. That was for health reason, to help protect the environment and to stop the abuse of animals in factory farms.
In September 2014, two studios agreed to hire Michael as their Screening Engineer for their important screenings and You Tube Space LA contracted with Screening Services Group for Michael to be their Screening Engineer and Digital Cinema Projection equipment supplier for screenings at their Playa Vista Studios.
As of September 2014, Michael started reviewing sites to open two additional screening rooms in the Los Angeles area.