Mike Ambs

Creative Team at Disney

Greater Los Angeles Area
Online Media
  1. The Walt Disney Company,
  2. For Thousands of Miles
  1. blip.tv,
  2. Smashface Productions, LLC,
  3. Next New Networks
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I want to change the way people watch video, I want to blur the lines that define meaningful storytelling, exploration, and collective sharing.

Specialties: A love for storytelling. DP, operator. FCP 7-X editor. Creative writing.


Creative Team

The Walt Disney Company
– Present (3 years 4 months)Burbank

The biggest project I worked on with the Creative Team was a stop-motion film, titled BLANK a Vinylmation Love Story -- this film went on to win at several film festivals (including, USA Filmfest, Rhode Island, LA Shorts Fest, and New Media), as well as taking home 4 Telly's - but, what I am most proud of is BLANK being the very first film to premiere on the homepage of Google during it's Valentines release, which helped it reach an estimated audience of 2.2 million viewers.


Responsible for the ground-up creation of original productions -- including the concepting, writing, storyboarding, constructing, directing, filming, visual effects, and editing of productions ranging from live-action serialized shows to 45 minute long stop-motion films.


For Thousands of Miles
– Present (7 years)Greater Los Angeles Area

This feature film project is a constant source of challenge and reward for me -- from producing, to writing, to editing, to website design, the online outreach, and every details that goes into a labor of love film.

Freelance Editor

(less than a year)

Editing work for both Sales Team sizzle reel (runtime: 3 minutes), as well as a collection highlighting (runtime: 40 minutes) some of Blip.tv's content for Sept 16th Los Angeles office-warming event.

Director of Photography, Editor, Consultant for Epic Fu

Smashface Productions, LLC
(10 months)

Epic Fu is the award-winning web culture show. Delivering commentary on shifts in music, art, tech, and pop culture. Over 35 million views worldwide, in 150+ countries.

As editor and consultant my responsibilities included:

+ Start to finish editing of each weekly episode (runtime 5-10 min).
+ Overall media management and workflow - stills, screen-captures, b-roll, supporting visuals, sponsorship breaks.
+ Overall style of episode including: Title and intro sequences, color correction, music choices / queues, pacing.

+ Also: Episode archiving and efficiency. Organizing of FCP timeline for additional-editors accessibility. Epic Fu template-based structure for streamlined editing each week with Smashface team-members.

Director of Photography, Editor, Consultant

Next New Networks
(1 year)

Freelance editor in cooperation with NNN, Smashface Productions and WePC.com for a series of online promotionals titled: Hacking Hollywood.

Responsibilities include:

+ Media hand-off and management for FCP project files.
+ Green-screening of all featured commentators.
+ Audio quality, color correction, lower thirds, soundtrack, title sequences.

Events include:

+ Indy Mogul's Hollywood FX coverage for: Multivision FX, Quantum Creations FX, ADI Studios, Synapse FX.

+ 2008 Spirit Awards (Indy Mogul Coverage)
+ Interview with cast and creators of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, The Guild.

Editor for Online Series

Media Rights Capital
(5 months)

Responsible for designing and the daily-operation of editing / publishing workflow.

Editor, Camera Operator

NBC Universal
(less than a year)

+ Shoot original weekly segments for Jay Leno's Garage.
+ Multi format editing: DVD, DV HDV, DVCPro, DigiBETA, HD.
+ Document music cue sheets.
+ Process daily clips & full episodes to go live on NBC.com.
+ Provide production & post production support on other NBC.com assignments.



– Present

"Straddling the line between documentary and fiction, FOR THOUSANDS OF MILES is a unique road movie covering one man's bicycle journey across America in search of something meaningful. First-time director Mike Ambs delivers a visually stunning reflection on coming-of-age while exploring the vast promise of the American landscape."

Honors & Awards

2012 IFP Labs

IFP - Independent Filmmaker Project

How Do You Watch Internet TV?

Jeff Pulver

1st Place ($25k) for "Friend Number One and Number Two" 30 second spot.


  • Film Production
  • Video
  • Film
  • Documentaries
  • Producing
  • Video Production
  • Final Cut Pro
  • HD Video
  • Blogging
  • New Media
  • Digital Media
  • Storyboarding
  • Storytelling
  • Directing
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Camera Operating
  • Social Media
  • Photography
  • CSS
  • Web Video
  • Social Networking
  • Management
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Additional Info

  1. Interests

    • Storytelling,
    • Directing,
    • Documentaries,
    • Tech,
    • Editing,
    • Online Media
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