Mike’s introduction to the film industry was in 1984, when he worked as an extra on Dino DeLaurentis’ “Year of the Dragon.”
In 1989, after serving our country in the Navy as a Sonar Technician, Mike returned from San Diego, California, to Wilmington, North Carolina, and began working behind the camera in different capacities on various productions. It was 1991 when Mike decided that his desire and passion was to work in the locations department. This allowed Mike to help bring projects from “script to ccreen” and be an intricate part of the artistic creation.
In 1993, Mike formed Locations…+, Inc., “Southeastern North Carolina’s Premier Location Scouting and Location Management Company” (that he still owns and operates with his wife Debbie, whom he met on a film set).
Mike has location managed all types of projects over the last 16+ years, including feature films like “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” and most recently Paramount Vantage’s “The Marc Pease Experience” with Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman; several television Series including
“Matlock” and “Surface”; and many “M.O.W.’s”; in addition to over 200 commercials (most recently NIKE / Jordan brand’s “Maybe It’s My Fault”).
Mike has produced and production managed several commercials and photo shoots and recently produced the multi-award winning short film “The Lost Cause” for Academy Award winner (“Sideways”) Jim Taylor.
Mike was originally asked to be a location consultant for “The 27 Club” by his friends, co-producer Les Franck and production designer Chad Keith. After reading the script (which he thought was one of the best and most challenging he had ever read), and learning that many of the crewmembers involved were very close friends of his, he decided to stay on board “The 27 Club.” He became a co-producer and the film’s location manager (for all the North Carolina and California locations). In addition, Mike had a cameo in the film as the “L.A. Police Man.”