My name is Michael Cannetti. I am a screenwriter, narrative storyteller, graphic novelist, and professor of film and screenwriting. I am currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts degree program at Full Sail University studying Creative Writing. I have been an Adjunct Lecturer of Film and Video Production at a college in the CUNY system of New York City. I am also the Senior Computer Laboratory Technician maintaining over 400 Apple Computers and Mobile Devices as well as Film, Video, Graphic Arts, and Photography equipment.
As a writer I feel the strongest connections to the genres of drama and thriller. With drama I love to tell character driven stories about personal struggles and overcoming obstacles. In the genre of thrillers, I have always been fascinated with the concept of analyzing the psychopath and the mystery of the unknown. When I look at drama, I tend to see my stories as the deconstruction of norms. The audience can view the story and characters in a voyeuristic point of view, with the hopes of peering into their souls. With thriller, as I mentioned earlier, I love the analytical side of viewing psychopathology. I like to strip down the character to its base level and reveal pieces like the peeling back of an onion.
Primarily I work in the media format of film and live action. Though the lion share of my work is in screenplays, as an avid comic book reader. I have a great passion for writing graphic novels. I am not a novelist, but I do believe graphic novels are a form of visual storytelling much like film. I prefer these two formats because, I have a strong connection to both and have all my life. With both film and graphic novels, I know how long a story needs to be. I can see the arc of the story, and I understand the narrative structure.
When it comes to writing for film, I have twenty years of experience working in production both in front of and behind the camera. I have produced several independent projects, as well as, been a consultant on projects for my peers. In addition, I host a podcast about films in the 1990s. With graphic novels, I have of thirty years of expertise reading comics. I also host a podcast dedicated to comics and new media in the 1990s and beyond.
I always strive to keep a sense of child-like wonderment and an imagination that I tap into. I am an avid surfer, woodworker, yogi, swimmer, cyclist, and tennis player. I am also learning to play the acoustic guitar. I believe that as human beings we must always strive to enhance our minds and grow our knowledge and skillsets. I need to be constantly pushing my mind and myself to try new things and grow as a person and a writer.
“We live in a culture of feelings and associations, where ideas are more important than things.” (Bayley, Of Human Branding, 2005)
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Welcome Introduction Video
This is my welcome introduction video for the work I do. I am a writer, editor, producer, and editor.