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"Wohl's screen future looks bright!"
"A J.G. Ballard for the information age"
-Variety
-Victoria Film Festival



Although best known as one of the original designers of Apple's Emmyaward winning Final Cut Pro software, Mr. Wohl is also an award-winning director garnering much praise:


“ An arresting debut feature probing familiar ideas with a fresh eye…Wohl’s screen future looks bright”– VARIETY

“ Crafted with assurance and panache!”
– FILM THREAT

“ Wohl has the makings of a J.G. Ballard for the information age. Want is a fantastic, fun and frantic ride through the modern day crush of digital desire!” –VIFVF

“ Refreshing, funny and brilliant! An original and exciting story told in a way that not only kept me engaged, but fascinated me, made me laugh and made me cry.”
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His recent film, Artistic License, has played at more than 30 film festivals, winning awards at 13 of them, including Best Comedy at Austin Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival, the New York Television Festival and others. That film continues to be invited to film festivals around the world and receive wonderful reviews.

Prior to that, Wohl wrote, produced, directed, and edited WANT , an “edgy, stylized, and thought provoking” film about dot-com mania and sex addiction set during the internet boom of 1999. That film played at many festivals including Cinequest Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, IFP Central Standard Film Festival, and others.

Michael graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University's acclaimed school of cinema with an emphasis in directing in 1992. In 1999 he participiated in a 3-year program at the Bennett TheatreLab where he studied improviation and stage acting focusing on Stanislavski's method of physical action., as well as a special program for directing actors.

Throughout this time, he grew to be one of the world’s leading experts on digital filmmaking. In 1998 he co-founded Bare Witness Productions, an award-winning ensemble of actors and filmmakers using improvisation to create short films for the internet. That group’s first feature film IPO premiered at the Slamdance film festival in 2004 and went on to win several awards.

Since 2005, Michael has served as a lecturer at UCLA's graduate school of Theater, Film and Television, teaching editing courses as well as a two-week intensive filmmaking class as part of the UCLA Summer Arts Workshops.

His involvement in developing Final Cut Pro begin in 1993. After getting recruited to test digital editing and special effects software for Adobe Systems (Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop) He was the second person hired to develop the next generation of editing software, Final Cut Pro for Macromedia. His role was to provide the real world experience and input to guide the engineers to create a tool that could please both professional editors as well as novices. In 1998, the team was purchased by Apple Computer where he went on to design and produce all of the demo and training material used for the software. Final Cut Pro won an Emmy Award in 2002 and has grown to be one of the most widely used tools in the filmmaking industry.

During this time, Wohl continued to hone his filmmaking skills by doing freelance editing, writing, directing gigs including music videos, short films, documentaries, and several corporate pieces for Apple, Macromedia, and Hobie Cat Sailboats.

Widely considered one of the world's leading experts on digital filmmaking, Wohl has written thirteen books and a wide range of training DVDs on editing, digital filmmaking, and special effects techniques. In addition he has taught classes on those subjects at institutions including USC, San Francisco State University, University of Georgia, Sundance Film Festival, South by Southwest, DV Expo, MacWorld, Cinequest Film Festival as well as hundreds of seminars around the world.