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Michael Moss is an Austin-based writer and director for film, video, and digital media. His forte is long-form character-driven storytelling anchored within a distinctive visual style. Michael easily dovetails his strengths as an interviewer with a keen eye for lighting and composition to capture authentic and poignant scenarios.

Skilled within several genres, Michael has created award winning branding films, documentaries, educational content, public advocacy campaigns, spots, and music videos for over two decades. No matter what the story, he brings a passionate curiosity, intelligence, and focused aesthetic to the telling.

  • Connections – Texas Education Agency

    Why Teach? Meet some amazing educators from across Texas who answer that question with passion and eloquence. This is one of four webisodes I created for the Texas Education Agency and their Best Teach in Texas campaign.

    Director: Michael Moss
    Director of Photography: Ian Ellis
    Editor: John Mciver
    Producers: Jeff Hastings and Doreen Copeland
    Agency: Enviromedia Social Marketing
    Production Company: Elephant Productions

  • 3M Micro Projector – “Hand Off”

    To dramatically convey how 3M’s mini projector can fit the needs of multiple users, we followed the hand-held device through a series of interlocking stories.

    Director: Michael Moss
    Director of Photography: Sebastian Vega
    Editor: John Mciver
    Graphics: Michael McWhirter
    Agency: Kolar Advertising
    Production Company: Elephant Productions

  • Lighting The Fire – Texas Education Agency

    Why Teach? Meet some amazing educators from across Texas who answer that question with passion and eloquence. This is one of four webisodes I created for the Texas Education Agency and their Best Teach in Texas campaign.

    Director: Michael Moss
    Director of Photography: Ian Ellis
    Editor: John Mciver
    Producers: Jeff Hastings and Doreen Copeland
    Agency: Enviromedia Social Marketing
    Production Company: Elephant Productions

  • Discovery Documentary Trailer – Himalayan Meltdown

    The glaciers in the Himalayans are often referred to as the “water silos” of Asia. But they’re melting at an alarming rate, creating an unprecedented environmental disaster. Through a collaboration with the United Nations, director Pat Fries, and Discovery Asia, this feature length documentary reveals the very human tragedy behind the crisis.

    Writers: Michael Moss, Heather Iarusso, Pat Fries
    Director: Pat Fries
    Client: United Nations/Discovery Television
    Production Company: Arrowhead Films

  • Extraco Bank Branding Film

    Believe it or not there are small banks in Texas where people- both employees and customers – actually matter. And it’s not just a marketing slogan.

    Director: Michael Moss
    Director of Photography: Ian Ellis
    Editor: John Mciver
    Agency: Kolar Advertising
    Production Company: Elephant Productions

  • Dell Children’s Hospital – Fairy Tale

    Fairy Tale is one of several short films I created as part of the successful capital campaign that financed the construction of the new Dell Children’s Medical Center. This video was a thank you to all who contributed their time and money to make it happen.

    Writer/Director: Michael Moss
    Director of Photography: Ian Ellis
    Editor: John Mciver
    Production Company: Elephant Productions

  • Goodwill – Success Stories

    Every year Goodwill Southwest honors three individuals whose lives are transformed through the “Power of Work”. These short docs share their story.

    Director: Michael Moss
    Director of Photography: Charlie Seligman
    Editor: John Mciver
    Production Company: Elephant Productions

  • Recycling PSA – One Small Gesture

    One small gesture is all it takes to make a difference. That’s the theme of this PSA designed to increase community participation in recycling. Local residents were cast as principals to keep it real.

    Writer/Director: Michael Moss
    Editor: John Mciver
    Client: City of Hutto
    Production Company: Elephant Productions

  • Goodwill – The Power of Work

    Every year Goodwill Southwest honors three of their clients whose lives are transformed through the “Power of Work”. These short docs share their inspirational stories.

    Director: Michael Moss
    Director of Photography: Charlie Seligman
    Editor: John Mciver
    Production Company: Elephant Productions

  • Texas Rangers Revealed – Documentary Trailer

    Texas History Films is developing a documentary series based on legendary lawmen the Texas Rangers. The series will explore their bigger-than-life 200 year history, beginning with the Rangers’ origins as frontier Indian fighters to their current incarnation as one of the world’s most elite crime fighting agencies.

  • The Gault Project – Documentary Short

    One of the most significant archaeological sites in North America is actually in the hill country not far from Austin, Texas. The Gaul site is where the first inhabitants of North America once lived over 10,000 years ago. It has become a magnet to scientists and students from around the globe who come to study the origins of man. This video is used to educate, raise awareness, and secure funding to ensure the work continues.

    Writer/Director: Michael Moss
    Editor: John Mciver
    Graphics: Michael McWhirter
    Production Company: Texas History Films

  • University Medical Center Brackenridge

    Academic Medicine is transforming Brackenridge into a magnet for cutting edge research and teaching. Seton asked me to interview the “rock star” physicians and explain how this new medical center will benefit the community. These guys were amazing.

  • Darden Smith Music Video – Mortal Coil

    Darden Smith sings from a hotel on the road to somewhere we’re all going, in a room we’ve all shared – the human condition.

    Director: Michael Moss
    Director of Photography: Charlie Seligman
    Editor: Jim Canning
    CD: Marathon
    Production Company: MuchoMossMedia

  • Dell Branding Film

    Creating a global identity without leaving town is no picnic. But we did it. Movie magic. Four countries packed into one little city in Texas.

    Writer/Director: Michael Moss
    Director of Photography: Ian Ellis
    Editor: John Mciver
    Client: Dell
    Production Company: Elephant Productions