D. Michael Martindale launched his film exploration program in 1968 after watching 2001 Space Odyssey. He admits with a boyish grin, "I wanted to be Stanley Kubrick."
While enrolled in a high school production class, Martindale filmed a short documentary about mentally challenged patients at a community institution; the film was aired on a local independent channel. "In other words," Michael says, "Nobody watched it."
But last year a live crowd watched his short romantic comedy "Geeks and Goblins, Elves and Elliot" starring Rachel Marie McCash and Colton Tran and the film won the audience appreciation award at the 2011 Salt Lake Community College Film Festival. It was later accepted to the Phoenix International Christian Film Festival.
D. Michael insists he is a storyteller first and that his love of story dominates over any technique or style. "I'm pretty conservative because I always want the story to be the star. This means I'll probably never shoot anything avant-garde." On a technical note, D. Michael prefers digital to film for obvious reasons like ease and least expense. "The camera I've used most is the Sony EX1 and I'll aspire to use the RED ONE digital for many of my future projects."
Martindale just wrapped up a feature length film with 22 co-producers that is now submitted to Sundance for winter 2013. "It was truly a defining point in my career. I started out being a guerrilla filmmaker, cutting corners to make a film with almost no budget. I've learned what it means to produce a film professionally and frankly, I don't want to go back to the guerrilla days."