CEO/Director of Photography/Director, Ateles Films/BBC's Planet Earth II/NatGeo Wild
As one of the Netherlands' top wildlife filmmakers Michael started his career on the award-winning BBC series Smalltalk Diaries. In 2008, he pioneered the use of Red cameras for wildlife film and was one the first to build and use drones. In 2013 Michael filmed cinema film De Nieuwe Wildernis which is still the biggest Dutch nature film ever.
Michael filmed extensively in Latin America for BBC Planet Earth 2 (spider monkeys & river dolphins) and BBC Natural World. In 2014, he produced, directed, filmed and edited Barbary Macaques: The Paternal Bond for NHK and also filmed vital sequences for sequel to De Nieuwe Wildernis, Holland Natuur in de Delta released in cinemas in Sept 2015. In 2017, National Geographic Channel broadcast his 4k production Return of the Spider Monkeys, which he shot, directed, wrote and edited. His latest film has just been broadcast in Japan and is called Pyrenees Mountain and follows the rare Bearded Vulture.