Michael R. Barnard
Production and Writing for Film and TV
Seeking Producer, Writer, or Creative Executive opportunities.
Los Angeles, California
TV and Cinema production is often a matter of merely overcoming the impossible. I have done that often. The challenges are logistical, creative, political, and personal. Handling these challenges makes the difference between an inadequate, uninspiring production, and one that soars with potential to reach and grab your audience.
I seek the opportunity to produce high-quality productions that seize the attention of audiences, to deliver stories and messages that enthrall, motivate, and inspire. My goals are to craft exciting stories, create from those stories high-quality productions, and deliver shows that distributors will seek and audiences will adore.
Throughout my lifetime of TV, cinema, and radio experience, I have delivered productions on time, on budget, and on target.
As a creator, I have written TV scripts that have gotten attention from top names in Hollywood, including William Morris Agency, ABC, MTM Productions, and others. I have worked with talent such as Prince, John Schneider, Paul Rodriguez, and many others. I have created content considered by NBC, Current TV, Paramount, Sony, and others, and have worked at Sundance, L.A. Film, and Tribeca film festivals.
I strive to be a top performer and deliver outstanding work.
MY WRITING INCLUDES:
“$MART MONEY” – Sitcom proposal.
“AMERICAN ORPHANS” – Dystopian drama feature screenplay.
“EVERYBODY SAYS GOODBYE—The Story of a Father and Son” – Thriller/drama feature screenplay.
“HOT CAR” – Drama short screenplay.
“KIDDY WRITER” – Comedy thriller feature screenplay.
“MANKILLER” – Erotic thriller feature screenplay.
“NATE AND KELLY” – Historical fiction novel.
“PALLION THE YOUNG STALLION” – Spec script for BOJACK HORSEMAN
“THE CAMERA” – Drama short screenplay.
“THE MURDER OF JAMES DEAN” – Comedy short screenplay.
“UNDERTAKINGS” – Outrageous comedy feature screenplay.
“WE DON’T DO NO GHOSTS” – Spec script for MOONLIGHTING
And various other scripts, stories, and articles.
DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS INCLUDE:
“NO RELATION” – Writer: Nate Lottsfeldt. Youth drama feature screenplay
“A VENOM IN THE BLOOD” – Writer: Eric van Hoffman. New York Times bestseller true crime story
“THE FALLS” – Writer: Steven Eric Larson. Award-winning drama feature screenplay
“RED SAILS” – Writer: Richard Springer. True adventure manuscript
Experienced Producer/Production Manager responsible for video, film, and audio production services for:
PAISLEY PARK STUDIOS – Prince’s full-service film/TV/audio production campus. Minneapolis
MASTER VIDEO PRODUCTIONS –Full-service independent video production company. Minneapolis
KITN TV CHANNEL 29 – Full-power broadcast station/production studio (startup team for new station). Minneapolis
NLC PRODUCTIONS –Mobile video production trucks for network TV production. Minneapolis
TVN PRODUCTIONS – Ad hoc cable network news program, writing and production. Hollywood
MICHAEL R BARNARD PRODUCTIONS – Independent content creation and production. Minneapolis, Hollywood, NYC
In various capacities on studio and indie features, shorts, and music videos:
WARNER BROS.’ “MARS ATTACKS!” – Shop Manager. Producer: Paul Deason, Director Tim Burton.
PARAMOUNT TV’s “BABYLON” – Shop Manager. Producer: Jim Herbert, starring Edward James Olmos.
20TH CENTURY FOX’s “BUSHWHACKED” – Shop Manager. Producer: David Wizniak, starring Daniel Stern.
CASTLE ROCK’s “LITTLE BIG LEAGUE”– Shop Manager. Producer: Steve Nicolaides, starring Luke Edwards and Jason Robards.
JOHN SCHNEIDER’s “COLLIER & CO.—HOT PURSUIT!”– Producer|2nd Unit Director. Starring John Schneider.
BARRY McGUIRE’s “KIDS FOR KIDS” CONCERT – Producer. Recorded live concert TV program
“CELEBRATION” – Writer|Producer|Director. Live broadcasts of New Year’s Eve variety shows on network affiliate stations.
“CHELSEA BOYS AND FULFILLMENT” – Writer|Producer|Director. Mini-documentary.
“HOT CAR” – Writer|Producer|Director. Short film drama with ¾ million views on YouTube.
“THE CAMERA” – Writer|Producer|Director. Short film drama (in postproduction)
CHANNEL 29′s “GOLDEN GOPHER HOCKEY” – Producer. Live college hockey game telecasts.
PRINCE’s “ALPHABET STREET” MUSIC VIDEO – Producer. Prince and Warner Bros. Music.
“THE BERENGUER BOOGIE” MUSIC VIDEO – Writer|Producer|Director. Video for Minnesota Twins 1988 World Series win.
ANGRY ATOM’s “REPLAY” MUSIC VIDEO – Writer|Producer|Director. For Angry Atom band.
PRINCE’s “BAT DANCE” and “PARTY MAN” MUSIC VIDEOS – 2nd Assistant Director. For Prince’s BATMAN soundtrack.
BANCO FILM GROUP’s “ASMODEUS” – Assistant Director. Horror feature film
Also, Director, Writer, Interviewer for various segments of variety and talk shows (KITN Ch. 29, Minneapolis; WCCO Ch. 4, Minneapolis, KARE Ch. 11, Minneapolis; YouTube, others), and other broadcast and corporate projects.
SPECIAL PROJECTS INCLUDE:
AXIUM PAYROLL – Assembled, formatted, published in HTML 1.0 pay rate data for entertainment guilds for website.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR HOME VIDEO – Manager, Domestic Marketing during creation and introduction of the DVD format.
“INDIE FILM INDUSTRY NEWS” – Producer and host of news-focused interview TV show.
KKBT FM 92.3 – Operations and Programming during format changes to Pop and to Urban. No. 3 station in Los Angeles.
OPERA DIVA – Assist wealthy international opera diva with career and household estate.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL – Special Theater Operations for talent and filmmakers during screenings and premieres.
WARNER BROS. – Crafted major proposal for highest echelon approval of new division for foreign dubbing.
LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE Cinema and TV Production
UCLA EXTENSION Producing Course
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA TWIN CITIES Communications
Various film industry seminars, courses, and symposiums.