About boojazz

At the age of fifteen, Michael began his professional career by drawing children’s menus for a chain of restaurants in the Southwest. His experience in graphics, marketing, illustration and video production fill an essential need in advertising agencies, printing companies, and design firms. In the early 2010's Michael blogged for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today on the topic of Digital Reinvention. Some of the clients Michael has worked with include: Microsoft, US – Japan Business Council, RAINN (co-founded by Tori Amos and Sarah McLaughlin), Chicagoland Speedway, Richard Shay Photography, The British Embassy in the United States, Ben Hollis Worldwide, Aphex, & PepsiCo. His previous television work has gained the interest of major studios such as Dreamworks SKG.

Four Shorts About Dogs… and 1920s Chicago

By |2022-05-02T22:13:18+00:00May 2nd, 2022|Film, Video|

A series of two-minute films about a good cop and his two dogs planning to take down Johnny the Matchstick Man in 1920s Chicago. This is what happens when his wife leaves to dog sit for a week and he's left to his own devices...Done as a fun little side project, these little clips have [...]

The Future of Cinema: An Event for Blink Community Tokyo

By |2022-04-22T17:30:36+00:00September 9th, 2021|Film|

Here's a Quick Overview The Rundown: 1) Digital technology makes it virtually impossible to compete by simply limiting access to content. That means the only way to be competitive in today’s marketplace is to have the most high-quality content available that people are willing to pay for. [...]

For Sale: Michael’s Digital Illustration Postcards (Set of 12)

By |2021-07-25T22:07:55+00:00July 21st, 2021|Art|

We have the first edition of Digital Illustration 4.72" x 4.72" postcards now for sale. 18-19pt paper thickness 4.72" x 4.72" in size matte finish They come in sets of 12 for $25 (plus $5 for shipping). There are only 25 more sets still available for this first round. Be sure to purchase soon! [...]

From Chicago to Osaka [シカゴから大阪へ]: Screenplay for a Motion Picture

By |2022-06-08T19:48:05+00:00June 28th, 2021|Boojazz, Film|

In the spirit of award-winning indie romantic comedy/dramas from the early 2000's, From Chicago to Osaka is a screenplay written for the modern era. With fast-paced ping pong comedic dialogue in both English and Japanese, From Chicago to Osaka is the quintessential date movie for adults looking for something smart, sophisticated, and highly entertaining. [...]

Art, Advertising & U.S.-Japan Relations: Event by BLINK Community

By |2021-02-25T19:25:56+00:00January 29th, 2021|Art, Boojazz|

On January 22nd, I had the privilege to host an online event with The Blink Community in Tokyo. It was a fun talk and I was truly honored to be a part of it. Feel free to view the video above. If you're short on time, you can download my [...]

I Am a Ghost Movie Poster Project

By |2021-02-25T19:50:05+00:00January 10th, 2021|Art, Film, Press|

Here's something very exciting I finally feel like I can share! I was commissioned to illustrate a movie poster for an upcoming film called ‘I Am a Ghost,” developed by Tetsuki Ijichi for Rain Trail Pictures. A special thanks goes out to Tetsuki Ijichi for bringing me on board. Learn more about Rain Trail [...]

Modern Japanese Culture for Beginners

By |2021-02-25T19:27:34+00:00December 29th, 2020|Commentary|

You can read the original article here on the Ikigai Connections website... When Kasia asked me to write for Ikigai Connections, specifically for the Senpai Success Stories, I felt humbled and honored by the request. I can’t help but feel that my story doesn’t technically qualify as a true success story, as of [...]

Watch Michael on The Polymath Podcast with Dustin Miller

By |2021-02-25T20:05:51+00:00December 13th, 2020|Boojazz|

Michael was featured as a guest the on the season three opener of the Polymath Podcast with Dustin Miller. They talk about the book "Manifestos, Reinventions and Declarations," the constant struggle to find inspiration, and allowing yourself to have bad days. Take a listen! "The Desk is the Yoga Mat" "Manifestos, Reinventions & Declarations is [...]

Would Persona 5 Work as a Film Series? A Persona 5 Live-Action Movie Adaptation Synopsis

By |2022-07-02T00:33:59+00:00November 14th, 2020|Boojazz, Commentary, Film, Video|

An in-depth overview of how one of the greatest video games of this generation could be translated into a highly successful film trilogy. (First published on November 14th, 2020. The latest revision was in May of 2022.) The Harry Potter and Hunger Games films were groundbreaking epics that pushed the [...]

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