Michael Sarrao started writing short stories at an early age. By twelve years old he had written five short stories all of which were inspired by some of the greatest films of the 1980s. These included Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Superman and Batman. The latter two films were constant throughout his childhood in not only on television but through their monthly comic book series as well. Michael was drawn to science fiction since there are very little rules in the genre which allowed for the imagination to run wild.
In an effort to try new things Michael took up journalism in high school so he could keep a grounded approach to all of his writings. Inspired by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s words that the best kind of science fiction can be a social commentary on the issues we deal with every day. It was this practical and real world experience as a budding journalist that helped Michael brainstorm numerous fictional universes. But he didn’t just envision them as comic books, he saw them coming to life on the big screen.
This led Michael to Brooklyn College, where at 19 years old, had written his first action screenplay which was inspired by some of the greatest action films of the 1990s. Like many writers, the script stayed on a shelf for several years but in that time he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Film. Michael had become a student of the genre, from any era to any director. Everything was relevant as he saw the brilliance in iconic directors such as Hitchcock, Capra, Spielberg and Cameron.
After meeting fellow Brooklyn College alumnus Vinnie Favale of CBS, Michael decided to take his screenplays and adapt them to comic books. This infused new life into the characters that he had created on the written page. A mutual friend introduced Michael to artist John Broglia, and soon after they would work to bring to life Michael’s first screenplay, Unmasked, a story of a young journalist on a mission to unmask rogue superheroes. Today, Michael is focused on merging artwork with live action content; a fusion of his interests in comics and filmmaking.
Michael is currently working on several comic book projects, short films and has started a new production company, Idea Engine Productions.