About Michael Shlain

Michael Shlain was born in Odessa, Ukraine at the twilight of Communist rule and ever since, has had a problem with authority and fur hats. Shlain began his professional career as a literary agent and manager before heeding the persistent cries of his soul and returning to his roots as a filmmaker. Shlain attended Werner Herzog’s 2014 Rogue Film School, The Maine Media Workshops, and trained as an actor in improv comedy and the Meisner Technique. He can also mix one hell of a Manhattan.

An Excellent Adventure


This weekend, we wrapped photography on BACK TO THE FUHRER, a comedy short written by and starring Chris Pearson (two-time-Emmy-nominated creator of DAN VS.), Joe Smith  and featuring the Cinematographic stylings of Nick Novotny and Production Design MacGuyvery of Morgan McShea who created the amazing time-travel device seen above. And who is the young’un, you ask? All will be revealed in time when this little ditty hits the streets.



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A Night at the Opera


Deutsche Grammophon recently teamed up with Rolando Villazon for a video contest. The challenge: to create a video based on Rolando’s interpretation of the “La Donna E Mobile” aria from Verdi’s RIGOLETTO.

I wanted to do something sinister in tone that would be, at once,  a counter-point to the upbeat aria, but also reflective of the dark themes and story of the opera. I was also excited to make some images featuring the Disney Concert Hall Garden and the Our Lady of Angels Cathedral– both of which were quite gracious in not shutting us down.

We shot with a Canon 60D on a DIY monopod steadicam with all available light.

Featuring Melanie Stein and Eric Stein

Directed, Shot and Cut by Michael Shlain

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Mad Cow Teams with Butcher Bird


We just had a blast shooting a comedy-reality pilot presentation for Mad Cow Productions and BBC America. Can’t say too much about it yet.. On the QT and very Hush-Hush. I mean, we could tell you more, but then Butcher Bird Black Ops would have to come to your house…

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