About Dreaming Ants

Steve and Michael are a filmmaking team united by a shared love of high concept stories that can be told in economically feasible ways. Steve directs, Michael produces, and they write together.

While united in tastes, these two come from vastly different backgrounds. The son of an immigrant and orphan, Steve hails from Chicago and dressed up as a film director for his 2nd grade career fair. Of course, he didn’t know what a film director actually looked like at age eight, and his costume wound up looking more like Indiana Jones. Michael enjoyed a more nomadic upbringing, moving from Iowa to Colorado to Washington State, where he studied everything from photography, to aeronautical engineering, to computer science, before finding his home in storytelling. Fate brought this filmmaking duo together when they were enrolled at USC’s Film School.

Since graduating, Steve and Michael have worked hard to cement their voice and style, and others are noticing. Their most recent feature screenplay, Orb, made the 2016 Black List, Hit List, and was voted #1 on the Blood ListTwisted Avenue earned a spot on the 2015 Hit List and has Steve attached to direct and Michael attached to produce. The project is being shopped alongside their short film, Monsters, which they made as a proof of concept. Monsters has gone on to screen at 100 film festivals around the world, winning 40 awards including Best Short Film at the Comic-Con International Film Festival, along with being named a Vimeo Staff Pick.  

Currently, Steve and Michael are adapting the Image Comics series Planetoid into a television series called No Man’s Land for IM Global, and adapting a Hugo Award winning short story. Over the years, they’ve worked on film and television projects with Gran Via Productions, Davis Entertainment, Treehouse Pictures, Lost City, Haven, Imperative, and Imagine Entertainment, among others.