Lucas used his parents' Super-8 movie camera to make films as a teenager.
Michael's first television spot, an ad for the American Red Cross, was awarded a Clio in 1992.
Michael is six feet two inches tall.
Michael's "Got Milk?/Aaron Burr" commercial won the Grand Prix Clio for Commercial of the Year and was voted into the top ten classic spots of all time. This ad campaign now resides in the collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.
Michael attended high school at Crossroads High and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1986.
Michael is well-known for using slow motion shots for the characters in his films.
Michael was educated at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, in California.
He was rejected by University of Southern California film school.
In 2002 Michael won Taurus World Stunt Award for Pearl Harbor.
Michael was an adopted child. Director John Frankenheimer is his biological father.
Michael is a close friend of famous director George Lucas, for whom he worked at LucasFilms by age 15.
Michael dated Playboy model Jaime Bergman.
Michael created the production company Platinum Dunes.
In 2007 he won the MTV Movie award for Transformers.
In 1994 he won the Directors Guild of America award for advertisement clips for Miller Lite, Nike and California Milk.
He is president of The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness, a commercial production company.
He is member of Propaganda Films, one of the oldest and the most important music clips making company.
He directed award-winning video clips for Aerosmith, Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, and the DiVinyls. He also made music videos for Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, and Donny Osmond.
In 1999 he won Saturn Award as best director for Armageddon.
He directed advertisement clips for Nike and Coca-Cola.
Michael: (talking about Pearl Harbor) Everybody knows about Pearl Harbor. The thing that really fascinated me is that through this tragedy there was this amazing American heroism.
Michael: (on his approach in making Transformers) I was a non-Transformer fan, but that's good because I think it makes it more accessible for people that are non-Transformer fans. I kept having this image of a kid hiding his robots from his parents. To me that's just a great kid fantasy. You have alien robots that are your friends. That's charming to me.
Michael: I look at directing as a sporting event. It's a race, a marathon. It's great when it clicks, which is why I push my crews so hard so we can excel.
Michael: I don't make movies for critics. I make them for crowds that laugh and applaud at the end.
Michael: Fast cars are my only vice.
Michael: There are tons of people who hate me. They hate my movies and whatnot. But you know, hey, my films have made a lot of money around the world. 2-something billion dollars, that's a lot of tickets. They said that I wrecked cinema. They said that my, uh...cutting style. They say I cut too fast. And yet now you see it in movies everywhere. Do I take pride in people knowing my style? I think it's nice people know a director has a style. And you can reinvent yourself too.
Michael: (talking about sequel of Transformers) Let's see how this one does. I've got a lot of ideas for the next one. There's a lot of really cool, big robot stuff that I had in my head that we didn't do. I just want to see how this works. You might not grow as much as a director to do a sequel. But it's kind of like you have your baby and you don't want someone else to take it. It just takes so long to do a script. A couple things are on the horizon, but maybe I'll do my little movie that I can knock out, because we all think we're going to have a strike.
Michael: I'm one of the few directors that actually shoots a lot in camera.
Michael: (talking about the qualities that make a good stunt) I am very demanding on my stunt people. I am very demanding on safety, but also for excelling in stunts and not making it feel like a stunt man is doing it. A good stunt coordinator knows a lot about physics. Physics is a way to help you understand what is going to happen in a stunt and also what can go wrong, because you've always got to think of the 'what if'. But you also need a stunt man who has cojones.
Michael: (talking about Armageddon) It is really cool to have created a movie that has turned out to become the biggest movie of the year.
Michael: I make movies for teenage boys. Oh dear, what a crime.
Michael: Directing is not a job. It's more like a career. Which is great!