- An essential ingredient in storytelling is magic.

About

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Mike Finch

Professional Film/Commercial Director, Art Director, Writer; Creative Thinker.

The term Magicpantz refers to the ingredient every film, or even creative endeavor, needs - magic. Making suspension of disbelief the most powerful tool in almost all of visual communication. I believe in the magic of filmmaking and will follow it my entire life.

I'm a hardworking storyteller who is always looking for the best ideas possible to keep the content fresh and the quality high. I don’t go for a cheap view, I want what I make to have staying power.

As a Sr Video Director/Producer I collaborate with producers, cinematographers, project managers, editors and more to concept, produce, direct and oversee the finalization of video projects to meet the client's needs. My favorite part of the process is post-production when I get to see all of the hard work come together through editing, sound design, coloring, music and more. I love collaborating with a team and believe there is no room for ego when working together. Just the pure joy of making something great.

I received my B.A. at Columbia College Chicago in Fine Arts. This tied-in to finding a natural talent for filmmaking which my professors encouraged I pursue. I then had the honor of watching my works screen at film festivals and further seeing positive audience reaction and thoughtful feedback from people afterward. It showed me , in essence, what I live for - to connect with people through art/creation.

My mission in life is simple - create engaging and compelling films/videos of excellence that entertain and fill audiences across the globe with a sense of wonder and movie magic.

Director Statement
As a video producer/director/editor with 10+ years of experience, I craft only excellent ideas and can execute them on time and within budget. I'm very passionate about true storytelling and look forward to every opportunity I can get.

On a personal note, I believe in giving back. So when my Alma Mater Columbia College Chicago asked me to be a part of the Mentor Program I said yes immediately. It has been extremely rewarding to help students navigate their way into the professional world and shed some light on the mysteries of life after school.