We had the good fortune of connecting with Benjamin Michel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Benjamin, can you talk us a bit about why you love what you do?
I love making films because it allows me to create worlds that illuminate the human condition. What I enjoy most is being in production with a team working towards a unified artistic vision.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I approach each film like a painting or photograph. I’m looking to tell a story within every frame with various tools, techniques, and expressive lighting. I do all this as a director and cinematographer. My work isn’t focused on glamorizing life as much as capturing its poetic reality. I try to bring a unique yet consistent visual texture to every project. To me, life as we know it is a collection of stories with many magical moments in between. I do my best to capture those magical moments even in the mundane. Its been and continues to be challenging to lift a creative project off the ground sustainably. I’ve learned over the years that any project you’re determined to create will come to fruition but you have to stay the course. My work comes from a deep commitment to fostering the elevation of human consciousness and acknowledging that we are reflections of each other.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Echo Park Lake, Little Ethiopia, Japantown, hiking in the Hollywood Hills, and Downtown Los Angeles
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There have been many people I can shout out in aiding my journey as an artist. First and foremost, I must give thanks to my parents, Marie and Lanneau for always supporting the artistic inclinations. My college mentor and professor, Anthony B. Major was crucial in encouraging the thought I had behind my work. Another professor, Lisa Mills was an important figure in shaping how I produced documentaries. And of course fellow filmmakers and friends who’ve all inspired me through their work and our collaborations.
Michael Duong, Amir Aziz, Wardell McNeal