Meet the Slicer: Michael Welborn

Sup Slicers!?

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a driven filmmaker, and co-owner of CinemaSlice.com, Michael Welborn! Michael has produced numerous films and videos for the ‘Slice since the very begining os the Slicer-verse. Michael is motivated to create new content that is both cutting-edge and socially relevant– and is an all-around bad ass.

Each project Michael releases further solidifies his foundation as an auteur, and CinemaSlice would not be around without him!

I’ll let Welborn introduce himself… take it away!

I’m from LA.” That’s what I tell people to sound cool. It’s true! But I was moved to Michigan when I turned two years old so I’m not as cool as I lead on. Now fast forward to the important part, myself and movies.

I don’t recall being overly fond of movies as a child. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t watch or like them:

Guess my parents favorite movie!

I just guess I’d expect someone like myself to be in that movie nerd group, but I never have been. Ask me if I’ve ever seen your 5 favorite movies and chances are likely that I’ve only seen 2. I’ve always enjoyed movies but my overall love for them is based on one simple aspect: Storytelling.

It took me most of my childhood to come to the realization that I wanted to tell stories in video form. First possible occupation I remember being enthralled with was Paleontology. I loved the shit out of dinosaurs when I was a kid. I read books on fossils and dug adult human-sized holes in my backyard.

I’m told my neighbors were concerned with my mental health.

Soon that fascination drifted toward Egyptology. Once again, I loved the shit out of pyramids. That went on for some time as well. All the while I had always experimented with writing stories. I have had many great story ideas as a kid but could never really get myself to write it down in a meaningful way. I don’t remember the exact moment it clicked but I had come to the realization that movies had been influencing my growing mind in a pretty significant way.

Better than subliminal dick pics.

Fast forward a few more years and I met my best friend Jason. He was down with the sickness as well and soon we had plans to attend Northern Michigan University for their film program. We attempted many times to make short films in high school but were always left hanging in the end by unreliable actors (I don’t blame them. Who knew back then that I would be this awesome today?) Plans for NMU fizzled out and we graduated high school.

That’s when I made the executive decision to become a Paramedic (I thought the uniform looked cool. That’s why. No shit.). So for the next 3 years I acted like a competent person who should be in charge of the safety of the general public.

After 2 years of schooling and a year working on the road I felt like I was suffocating. The unexpected stress of being a Paramedic had completely drained me mentally. As the ambulance company I worked for struggled to stay afloat I rediscovered my passion for the arts. I quickly began making short videos that only relied on myself to complete. The company finally closed down and I hung up my stethoscope for good.

My mind was finally free to embrace all of these built up aspirations. I let the floodgates loose and have been writing and filming various projects ever since. The last couple years of my life have been the greatest. I finally feel like I am doing what I should do, and not what sounds cool.

Look ma! I’m an actor!

Thanks Michael! We’re all looking forward to following your future releases!

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Nic White

Program Director at CinemaSlice
Just your typical independent filmmaker, animator, vfx specialist, and creative content developer! I enjoy long walks on the beach while staring into my cell-phone screen and watching episodes of Black Mirror. #SupportIndependentFilmmaking

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