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Michael has been an international director and cinematographer for over four decades, involved in a wide spectrum of film projects.  He has lensed a mesmerizing blend of live action, and seductive product shots for a diverse clientele.


With an eye for striking visual composition, award-winning director/cinematographer Michael Underwood has built his reputation upon a unique artistry and aesthetic sense that reflects his eclectic background and expertise in a variety of media. Diverse in concept and content, the wide range of styles that makes up his body of work all bear one defining hallmark:  the ability of Michael to uncover a fresh, timeless, creative vision for each new project he turns his attention to.


Armed with his rich motion picture background and trained cinematographer’s eye Michael entered the world of fine art photography. Richly nuanced, complex, and profound, his highly conceptual archival pigment prints, created in his studios in the US and Europe, transcend the bounds of expectation, simultaneously perplexing and pleasing viewers eager for the freshness of new wonders. Michael’s portrait work makes an indelible emotional connection. Each study surrenders a lasting, honest, formalist snapshot of a life revealed. His landscape and iconic architectural photography is alluring and unconventional, complex and profound, a grandeur of unsurpassed delicacy.



President Tantrum Pictures llc. 2002 – present 


Senior vice president of production 1996–2002

On-air programming and promos for Scripps Networks Interactive (HGTV, Food Network, DIY, Fine Living).

Scripps Productions, Knoxville, Tennessee


Producer/director/Cinematographer, In-House Film Unit 1989–1996

Shadowplay Productions, Knoxville, Tennessee


Producer/director/Cinematographer, Commercial Production 1987–1989

Tandy Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas


Producer/director/Cinematographer, Commercial Production 1979–1987

Image House Productions, Dallas, Texas


Bachelor of Science 1977

The University of Texas, Austin

Radio, TV, and Film


Countless  commercials, corporate image films, documentaries, and national Network promos for such companies as HGTV, Food Network, DIY, EW Scripps, BMW, GE, Plymouth, RCA, Ralston Purina, Sears, Lennox, FTD Florists, Hancock Fabrics, Jo-Ann Crafts, Sea Ray Boats, Home Depot, Habitat for Humanity, Lowe's Home Improvement Centers, Rick Dees, Garden Writers of America, Honka, The Weather Channel. Production experience in the US, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, China,Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland,Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Rumania, Slovenia and Switzerland. 

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