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Michael Watkins is a Director, Director of Photography and Cinematography American

Michael Watkins

Michael Watkins
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Nationality USA
Awards Primetime Emmy Award

Michael W. Watkins (often credited as Michael Watkins) is an American cinematographer, television director and television producer. He has worked on Smallville, Boomtown The X-Files, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Monk, Law & Order, No Ordinary Family, Warehouse 13 and several other film and television series.

Watkins has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his cinematography work on Quantum Leap.

He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.)

Biography

Michael Watkins a commencé sa carrière comme directeur de la photographie avant de devenir réalisateur, essentiellement pour la télévision. Il a remporté à deux reprises, en 1990 et 1991, le Primetime Emmy Award de la meilleure photographie pour une série pour son travail sur la série Code Quantum. Il a également réalisé le long métrage Un catcheur au grand cœur (2010).

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Filmography of Michael Watkins (7 films)

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Knucklehead, 1h31
Directed by Michael Watkins
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Mark Feuerstein, Melora Hardin, Dennis Farina, Wendie Malick, Lurie Poston, Rebecca Creskoff
Rating52% 2.604642.604642.604642.604642.60464
Walter Krunk is a 35-year-old orphan who has lived in an orphanage since childhood because he never was adopted but has made a friendship with a fellow video game addicted orphan named Henry. during a play of the Wizard of Oz Walter ruins the set during the opening due swinging around from his harness he was hooked to. meanwhile retired MMA fighter Eddie Sullivan is training a fellow fighter for a tournament in New Orleans with a $100,000 to the winner, fellow rival Memphis Earl has also trained a bigger, scarier fighter for the tournament, both of their trainees have a short match but Eddie's fighter is easily knocked out with one punch. Earl threatens Eddie saying that if he doesn't find a new fighter they'll beat him down bad. One day Walter is cooking with Henry when Walter suddenly go's to the bathroom and tells Henry to watch the food, Henry is distracted by a game and doesn't see that the food has started a fire, the fire department manages to put the fire out but it leaves the kitchen destroyed. a local law enforcement States that without a working kitchen the orphanage will close down and the kids will be put in foster homes unless they can get enough money to fix the kitchen in one 10 days. Eddie enters a church and asks god to let him find a good fighter in time for the tournament, the owner of the orphanage is scolding Walter for causing the fire but makes him fall into the church and Eddie decides to train to be his fighter. after watching his video advertisement they are reluctant since Walter is not much of a fighter but the owner agrees due to that it's their only option and agree but they threaten Eddie that if he runs away with the money they'll hurt him bad, so she makes Mary Alice go with them and persuades Walter with saying what happens to the other orphans and set off for matches around the nearby city's and States in the orphanage school bus. The first match is in Jefferson city at a church, Eddie decides to tape and upload the match highlights for internet fan buzz, during the match Walter doesn't show much of a fight and is easily dominated but manages to win when he falls on his opponent making him submit. meanwhile Memphis Earl and Redrum go to the gym and want to see Eddie but his father tells them that he isn't there and got a new fighter, they want to know who it is but he refused to tell them even after intimidating him. That night at a motel Mary and Walter have a talk about the situation with the choice to fight, Mary doesn't want it to go but Walter changes her mind by saying that he's on the road for the first time in his life and that he's doing something important to himself. meanwhile Earl and Redrum have found the group at the motel and threaten Eddie to stay away from New Orleans. The next day driving to the next match the bus engine starts smoking causing the bus to crash into a pole and eventually explodes, Eddie, Mary and Walter escape unharmed. Walking on the road with only $200 Mary manages to get a truck driver to take them to the next match, the next fight is at a kids house where he hosts fights in his backyard and pays the fighters with the attendance money from other kids. While Eddie gives Walter a pep talk to get him riled up the kids dad notices the fights and goes on a rampage telling everyone to get out of his yard, Walter runs into the backyard and tackles the dad into the fence thinking he was his opponent. Eddie calls his dad who got injured because of Earl and Redrum and tells him to enter the tournament and win to avenge him, Mary takes them to a trailer park where her friend Tina lives, they tell her of the situation and remembers that at a nearby carnival there was a sign that offered anyone to fight a grizzly bear with a $500 prize and gives Walter a new look (shaving his head and giving tattoo's), and falls in love with Tina. Walter manages to win with a choke hold and is given the nickname "the Bear Basher". Later that night while riding a bus Walter has a serious gas attack that leads to the group being kicked off the bus, meanwhile Memphis Earl has found that Walter is a serious threat and might win the tournament so he decides to adopt Henry and hold him hostage but the owner refuses to let him adopt even after he promises a good life for him. The group walks to a gas station and Eddie goes in to ask for directions to a rental car company, a motorcycle gang shows up and starts messing around with Mary, Eddie attempts to help but is outnumbered by them, Walter comes and fights them off, Eddie goes in to get the security footage and continue their journey on one of the gangs motorcycle's. During a camp out Mary and Walter ask Eddie why he retired from fighting and then make jokes saying a was a testicular injury, threw out the journey Walter wins more fights earning more money while Eddie teaches Mary and Walter more fighting moves. During another camp out Eddie and Mary start having feelings for each other. Finally arriving in New Orleans Eddie checks the group in to a luxury hotel, plans a pre-fight celebration for a night on the town and buys Mary a dress and Walter a tuxedo. At the restaurant Eddie tells Walter to not stair but Eddie does when Mary walks in, some girls invite Walter to dance but Mary stays at their table. Mary gets drunk from drinking Eddie's drink and confronts the Waitress when she sees her talking to Eddie which results into a fight ending with Mary knocking out the Waitress with a spinning heel kick. The following day while Walter is preparing for the tournament at the hotel Tina shows up giving a pair of shorts that she made for him. During the sign in Mary calls the owner saying that the trip is almost over but after the call ended a fellow worker informed the owner that they couldn't find Henry. The man who is in charge of the sign in says that Eddie didn't pre register so Walter can't compete, Mary tells everyone who Walter is so they get in to the tournament. Both Walter and Redrum make it to the finals, backstage Eddie's dad shows up not wanting to miss the main event, Eddie not sure if Walter will win asks his dad to make sure that the money they made on the road makes to the orphanage. Memphis Earl reveals to Mary in the Girls bathroom why Eddie retired, it was because he was banned from fighting for life for taking a dive in a title fight and that he only cares about himself and probably betting against Walter now. When she confronts Eddie, before he can explain the situation the orphanage workers reveal that Memphis Earl has kidnapped Henry and is holding hostage unless Walter takes a dive in the fight, Eddie plans to have the match stalled while the workers look for Henry knowing that Earl won't leave with Redrum in the ring. During the fight Earl shows up with Henry to distract Walter but this makes him angry enough to win the fight by Submission and Memphis Earl is arrested for kidnapping. during the celebration Eddie's dad reveals that he bet the $4,000 on Walter to win and got $80,000 for the orphanage, Eddie and Mary kiss to end the scene. Walter is then filling a moving truck for his new apartment, he notices Henry looking upset and Henry tells him its because he's moving and he's not, Walter tells that he's going to adopt Henry and wouldn't leave him behind, they hug to end the movie.
Hostage High, 1h33
Directed by Michael Watkins
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about education, Films about school violence
Actors Rick Schroder, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Katie Wright, Alexis Cruz, Henry Winkler
Rating62% 3.149053.149053.149053.149053.14905
Years ago, Jason Copeland, now 24, failed his final exams and did not graduate Johnson High School, for which he still holds his History teacher, Mr. Kroft responsible. He decides to take revenge and enters the school with a 12-gauge shotgun, a revolver, and a massive supply of ammunition. He first starts shooting around, hitting several students. After shooting Mr. Kroft, he decides to take as many hostages as possible in one room. Among them is Aaron Sullivan, a gifted but lazy student who is assigned to answer the phone. Meanwhile, Frankie Rodriguez, the class clown, is ordered to be the message boy, picking up and delivering information and other things from the FBI to Jason.

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Point of No Return, 1h41
Directed by John Badham
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Adventure, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Miguel Ferrer, Dermot Mulroney, Anne Bancroft, Harvey Keitel
Roles Director of Photography
Rating60% 3.0493453.0493453.0493453.0493453.049345
Maggie Hayward (Bridget Fonda) is a drug addict found guilty of murdering a police officer, and is sentenced to death by lethal injection. Her death is faked, and a secret government agent named Bob (Gabriel Byrne) informs her that she has to become an operative. Maggie, having little choice, agrees to cooperate and she begins a regimen of intensive training that includes etiquette and computer use.
Heart and Souls, 1h44
Directed by Ron Underwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Ghost films
Actors Robert Downey Jr., Charles Grodin, Eric Lloyd, Alfre Woodard, Richard Portnow, Kyra Sedgwick
Roles Director of Photography
Rating69% 3.498753.498753.498753.498753.49875
In San Francisco, 1959, four people embark on the same bus. A single mother named Penny Washington leaves her three children at home to work in her night shift as a telephone operator. A singer named Harrison Winslow is afraid of the stage and quits his audition. A waitress named Julia regrets turning down her boyfriend John's marriage proposal and leaves her job to seek him out. A small-time thief named Milo Peck unsuccessfully attempts to retrieve a collection of vintage stamps that he had stolen from a young boy. However, the bus driver, Hal, has a serious accident, killing himself and everyone on board.

Team

Family Album, 3h20
Directed by Jack Bender
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about television, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Jaclyn Smith, Brian Krause, Michael Ontkean, Joel Gretsch, John Waters, Kristin Minter
Roles Cinematography
Rating63% 3.191913.191913.191913.191913.19191
Starting in 1951, Faye Price is a famous Hollywood actress who, while entertaining the troops during the Korean War, falls in love with Ward Thayer, a rich heir. Seven years later, they are married, with four children. Ward loses his job and considers suicide, but Faye offers to start acting again. Originally, this upsets Ward, because he wasn't fond of moving to Fairfax, California. On the set of her new movie, the director and producer fight each other and the director eventually leaves the set. Faye offers to direct the scene herself. At first, nobody thinks she will be able to, but she turns out to direct the scene with a lot of success. She is soon offered directing jobs at television series, including Zane Grey Theater. Meanwhile, her home life is less fortunate. Ward has been depressed since going bankrupt and he has started an affair. When Faye finds out, she immediately kicks him out of the house. However, she soon agrees to give him another chance and they decide to work together on films as director and producer. Their film debut becomes a blockbuster success with positive reviews and she is contracted by Universal.
The Glitter Dome, 1h37
Directed by Stuart Margolin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors James Garner, Margot Kidder, John Lithgow, John Marley, Stuart Margolin, Paul Koslo
Roles Cinematography
Rating57% 2.858382.858382.858382.858382.85838
The world of the Hollywood detective division is exposed via The Glitter Dome (the bar they frequent and a slang reference to Hollywood, California). When the investigation of a high profile studio president is going nowhere, the case is handed over to two experienced detectives, Al Mackey (Garner) and Marty Welborn (Lithgow), on this case, however, they need help. They get it from a pair of vice cops, called the Ferret and the Weasel, and a pair of street cops commonly referred to as the Street Monsters, due to their fondness for violence.
Fighting Mad, 1h30
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action
Actors Peter Fonda, Harry Northup, Philip Carey, Scott Glenn, Noble Willingham, John Doucette
Roles Cinematography
Rating58% 2.904762.904762.904762.904762.90476