With a hands-on understanding of video and new media production, post-production, visual effects, animation, print and web design, John-Michael keeps a "beginner's mind", always driven to continue deepening skills in positive-narrative storytelling on a variety of platforms.
John-Michael has successfully guided hundreds of television, video, motion-graphic, animation, web and print design projects from the initial creative spark to thrilling completion.
Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects (with Elements and Trapcode plugins), Maya, Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks, Dreamweaver and Coda (HTML/CSS hand coding) are among the software he regularly uses to create video, motion-graphic. web and print design projects.
While continuing to create projects for cherished long-time clients, John-Michael is deepening skills as an "actor's director" through film/tv studies at UCLA and through his regular participation in "The Cinema Gym," Alexander D'Lerma's Directing/Acting workshop in Burbank, CA. Each month in the Cinema Gym, John-Michael is challenged with new genres and an intense shooting schedule (75 minutes to prep, block and shoot all takes).
Originally located in Gulfport, Mississippi's historic Markham Building, Digignite Digital Studios ("digital" &"ignite") creates television, web and print advertising campaigns for the area's casinos, medical centers, advertising agencies, among other clients.
On August 29, 2005, John-Michael's bricks n' mortar media production studio unexpectedly became a "virtual" studio when Hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast. With home and offices destroyed, John-Michael headed to sunny California and with great surprise and gratitude, discovered that his much-valued clients stayed with him on his cross-country journey.