Michael Heagle has been making movies since the fifth grade, back when you did it with Super8 that you had processed at KMart and projected on a bedsheet. He harkens from Mukwonago, Wisconsin, and attended the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, from which he holds a BFA in Film. While there, he shot a film with his buddy Mark Borchardt (AMERICAN MOVIE) called TOGA PARTY MASSACRE. Upon graduating, Michael tried his hand at a number of self-funded, independent projects, in which he filled the roles, variously, of screenwriter, director, production designer, editor, and visual effects supervisor. He also holds a Masters Degree in Animation and Visual Effects from Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Michael’s film work includes writing and directing the 16mm cult-movie feature GO TO HELL (released by Troma in 2003), and the zero-budget sci fi western PLANETFALL. He supervised the production of an ambitious student-made feature film called TERROR REPORT, shot in fourteen days as part of a summer workshop class. As a performer Michael has been seen in the Minneapolis-based live series ATOMIC SHOCK THEATER and is co-creator of the puppet monster sitcom series TRANSYLVANIA TELEVISION.
As a visual effects artist, he has contributed to music videos by Rob Thomas, Afghan Whigs, and Hastings 3000. He also contributed shots to the Dark Dunes Productions feature film Yamasong: March of the Hollows, produced by Heather Henson and Toby Froud (daughter of Jim Henson and son of Brian Froud respectively). In 2016 he served as Animatics Editor on the Amazon Studios production of the animated series Danger and Eggs.