My career began in the oil industry, where I worked as a project manager in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Algeria and Papua New Guinea.
The stories you hear in places like that are fantastic. I began telling my own stories. This led me to films, the perfect combination of a story and a project.
I studied business and international affairs at Georgetown University, screenwriting at New York Film Academy, producing at UCLA, and filmmaking at AFTRS and NIDA.
My work is characterised by story, heartfelt performance, and a collaborative approach.
“I have had great pleasure in sharing in Michele’s passion for film making and have admiration for her approach which is strategic as well as creative with a firm eye on optimising her budget. She is one to watch and I look forward to a long working relationship”
- Jane Corden, Managing Director, Moneypenny
"Michele is extremely good at being able to talk to all levels of crew and cast and clearly articulate her needs and wants. She was very patient, supportive and aware of what her cast needed in order to do their best work and then provided that environment within the rehearsal and location shoot. Her direction and ability to give notes that were both constructive and delicate ensured she got what she needed out of me. I am in awe of her drive and passion for film making and storytelling. I would imagine anyone who gets the opportunity to work on one of her projects would have the same experience. I look forward to my next one with her."
- Melinda Dransfield, Actor
"In my time with AFTRS Open there have been many outstanding students pass through the doors, but Michele stood out. She has an infectious dedication to her craft and the necessary charismatic demeanor to overcome any obstacles, business or artistic. If only more creatives had such a desire to constantly be moving forward. Watch this space!"
- David Fedirchuk, Program Manager Industry, AFTRS
"Working with Michele was a thoroughly rewarding experience. She was open to discussing and exploring ideas that forward and serve the narrative, whilst maintaining a strong concept and idea at its core. I found working together akin to a partnership where ideas could be freely expressed and debated in an open and collaborative manner. She has a passionate dedication to producing a quality result in all that she turns her attention to."
- Daniel Lê, Editor
"Michele has one of the keenest eyes for detail, combined with a finely tuned story sense. And a fabulous way of getting the very best out of her actors and crew."
- Paul J Warren, Director of Photography
"I have had the pleasure of working with Michele Konrad on two film projects. Michele has formidable skills as a producer, writer and director. She is a dream to work with and can happily balance between others' creative input and her own artistic vision. She is a highly organised, gifted and daring filmmaker."
- Jonathan Zwartz, Composer