Writer / Director
Michael Hyon Johnson is a half black, half South Korean Air Force veteran and writer/director. He's produced award winning narrative short films, music videos, and branded content for BuzzFeed, Machinima Inc, and is the co-founder of the video production company Story Mode. His first web-series, PreGame Lobby was distributed by Machinima, Inc and has garnered a cult following.
Michael earned a MFA from Chapman University and is the winner of the M Film Lab 2022 Spring program.
Following his experiences working with gaming video distributor Machinima, Inc and various esports gaming influencers - Michael has created an absurdist comedy that exposes toxic streamer culture.
LOST THE LEAD questions: what if influencers weaponized the police to increase their notoriety? The result is horrifying but a band of awkward nerds will seek retribution.
Michael is always writing... he was also selected as a mentee the Netflix Animation Foundation's writing program, the Writer’s Guild Foundation’s: Veteran’s Writing Project; and is a VME - AT&T Veterans Media Fellow.
Cast & Crew
as Squirrel King
Amanda Dyer & Christine Cho
Co-Executive Producer and Head of VFX