Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Robert Michael Givens, born March 19, 1958 in Anderson, South Carolina, is an American film director and cinematographer. Michael Givens is a Director/Cinematographer with extensive feature film and commercial production experience at both the national and international levels. He was an internationally respected Director of Photography for nine years before beginning his directorial career in 1989. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, Michael began his career as a still photographer. Subsequently, he moved into film, becoming a Director of Photography for such noted directors as Ridley Scott, Steven Friers, Philip Borsos and Peter Smilie. After guiding his career in the camera department of numerous feature films and hundreds of commercials he moved to the field of directing.