Established in 2010, UrbanMouse is a boutique production company consisting of a dynamic trio. More than Directors or DP's, we're filmmakers with a wide array of filmmaking proficiency and a solid support network. Our work varies from singular, focused contributions to end-to-end production. Over the years we've amassed much experience and production asset, which enables us to service our clients efficiently. As a team, years of working alongside one another results in unprecedented workflow familiarity, speed and effectiveness in reaching creative goals on set.
Mike is a founder/owner of UrbanMouse along with Spike. Born and raised in Guam, USA. Mike’s “made in NY” story involves relocation from across the world, a homeless adventure in Staten Island, breakdancing in Times Square, and a long thread of education and career paths. Mike’s entry to filmmaking is supported by both self-taught, indie field experiences as well a master’s degree in film production. As a Director / DP / Editor, Mike is formidable at producing projects with hands on, end-to-end capability. No matter the scale or complexity, Mike is constantly elevating creatives and proving himself indispensable to UrbanMouse’ projects. His body of work highlights his dynamism, and his creative fluency isn’t limited to style, format, or genre.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Spike’s previous careers are as colorful and diverse as his ethnic background of Native American and Korean. This life-long foundation not only gives him a unique perspective, but also a deep well from where to draw creativity. It is also evident in his aesthetic as a cinematographer. He is bound by no rules and enjoys constantly evolving his visual style. Additionally, Spike’s background in 3d animation often finds its way into supporting what’s possible in UrbanMouse’ projects. Spike is a co-owner and co-founder of UrbanMouse.
Motomu Ishigaki is a director and cinematographer based in New York City, born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. At an early age, he encountered Robert Capa’s photography, which sparked his interest in visual arts. His passion toward visual storytelling led him to New York City in 2003. After earning a B.A. in Film Production from Brooklyn College, he worked for several critically acclaimed feature films including Himizu and The Land of Hope, which won awards at Venice International film festival and Toronto International film festival.
His latest film, Memoir (shot and produced by UrbanMouse) was officially selected and screened at the Miami Film Festival and La Jolla Fashion Film Festival in 2014.