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Meet Michael Leon of Michael Leon Films in Kendall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Leon.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Michael. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, I think I always had a filmmaker in me. From a young age, I drew various characters and would play their stories out in my head for fun. When opportunities arose, such as school video projects, I always took the lead in writing the scripts and directing my classmates. Living in Miami Florida, I never considered filmmaking as a career, but when I discovered the Art Institute of Miami’s Digital Film Program, I saw the possibility of doing so. There I created various short films and commercials that allowed me to hone my style and caught the attention of my professors and classmates. With the reputation I built in my time there, I was able to bring together a talented team to collaborate with on my senior thesis film “Stillborn.” Since completing the film, “Stillborn” has entered various festivals and received multiple nominations.

I am currently directing my next short film “In the Dark,” which I am looking forward to submitting into film festivals sometime next year.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
One thing I have learned is that filmmaking is never a smooth road. The process of putting a film together takes a lot of time, coordination, and patience. There are frequent unforeseen events that occur, which requires solving the problem efficiently and moving forward. That being said, with a strong passion and belief in the project, the final outcome is so rewarding that it outweighs any struggle in making the film.

Michael Leon Films, Inc. – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My business is currently in its infancy stage. With just one short film produced as well as another in progress, we are planning to build a repertoire of narrative films to take to the entertainment market. We have produced these films independently in order to maintain creative control over their content. We hope to maintain our vision while collaborating with other talents on future projects.

We are extremely happy with the outcome of “Stillborn” and are looking forward to the release of “In the Dark.”

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I personally define success as the achievement of one’s vision and goals. Every project has its own criteria for success, such as a message the film is communicating, the audience it’s trying to reach, and at times some monetization.

My vision for “Stillborn” was to complete an engaging project that showcased my narrative storytelling and design skills and that entertained audiences.

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Christine Llerins

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