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About Michael William Hogan

Michael William Hogan was a corporate executive-type until one day he realized that he was working for all the wrong reasons. And all the wrong people.

Alarmed but enlightened, Michael considered checking himself into one of those outrageously expensive facilities in the hills above Malibu but discovered that none offered corporate executive-typectomies. Undeterred, he bought a tattered volume of Mid-Life Crisis Management for Dummies at a used bookstore in Brentwood only to discover the chapter on transitioning from hell to heaven had been torn out. Left with only self-reliance, Michael reconfigured his brain to finally pursue what matters: happiness, creativity, screenwriting, filmmaking. Unable to fully abandon his entrepreneurial side, he also launched a production company, Motu Productions.

In the time since—and somehow without the help of artificial intelligence or an MFA in Writing for Screen & Television—multiple short and feature scripts magically appeared on Michael’s hard drive. The quality of his writing has been validated by the accumulation of dozens of screenwriting competition awards, including over 180 in 2020 of which 47 were outright “Best Screenplay” wins. All that said, Michael is well-grounded in the knowledge that awards are pleasant validation that he kinda-sorta knows what he’s doing; but true rewards will come from continued hard work, pursuit of script and film perfection, and collaboration with other passionate filmmakers.

One such recent collaboration was the production of “Breaking & Entering”, a short film based on his script that won 23 “Best Screenplay” awards in 2020/2021. Michael directed the film, which is being submitted to major festivals in the US and abroad.

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.”

—Joseph Campbell

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

—Leonardo da Vinci

“You’ll never feel so alive as the second right after you’ve been scared to death.”