Michael Lew is a filmmaker, new media artist, interactive media designer and producer working with all forms of the moving image.
After graduating from EPFL in 2000 in electrical engineering, he worked as a Research Fellow at MIT Media Lab Europe, in interactive cinema, between 2000 and 2004, and then was a Visiting Scholar at USC School of Cinematic Arts between 2004 and 2007. He returned to Switzerland in 2007 to found his own design & production studio.
He now works as a consultant on visionary technologies for interactive media, film, performance and architecture, and has advised exceptional artists such as David Lynch, Peter Greenaway, Lars von Trier, and Marie Brassard, to name a few.
He has taught and lectured internationally on the topic of computational cinema (Canadian Film Centre – Toronto, American Film Institute Digital Content Lab – Los Angeles, Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen – München), and has received awards for his work in film and new technologies, such as the Logitech 2000 Innovation Award, and the FCMM Cyber-Loup 2003 Award.
His nomadic research lab on the future of cinema, the Computational Cinema Laboratory, explores topics such as : narratology, interactive narrative, artificial intelligence, new camera and display systems, interactive video.
He also has two start-up projects : MANGO, an authoring tool for interactive film, and Antichambre, a VOD platform for independent film.
Michael is currently co-chairman of OLPC.CH, the Swiss branch of the non-profit One Laptop Per Child Foundation. The aim of that NGO is to bring computing and filmmaking tools to all children of the world, even in rural and impoverished areas.
If you’re looking for Michael’s personal web site, go to : www.lev.ch.