In 2013, Michael created the visual fx for Happy Wasteland’s first feature film, The Answer. Some of the fx on that film include a car crash, painting out crew and adding cg rain to scenes. In that same year, he worked on Dark Origins as a vfx artist creating a cg monster from scratch. Dark Origins went on to win Best Narrative Short, Fright Night Film Fest and Best Narrative Short, LA Cinema Festival of Hollywood.
In 2014 Michael became heavily involved with Heroes Don’t Come Home, Happy Wasteland’s second feature film, acting as a Producer and providing visual effects. He was there from the very first pre-production meeting to the final edit. He was involved with scheduling, hiring and managing crew, as well as being involved heavily in post on the vfx side. One of the more critical and challenging aspects was creating a realistic war sequence that had several elements ranging from muzzle flashes to large explosions. Michael employed the use of many programs (Maya, Houdini, 3ds Max, Mudbox; as well as custom scripts and plugins) in order to complete all of the shots.