Can't Say No

"Can't Say No" is a visually stunning, other-worldly music video for the band REBEL HOUSE RADIO. This video was directed and edited by Michael Makara who has created pre-visualization for big budget films such as Transformers and the Narnia Trilogy. This visually dazzling music video follows a man who is madly in love with someone who only reciprocates his feelings when it is convenient for her, leading us through a fantastical voyage into his psyche fueled by his intense emotions. Complete with high end Red Dragon camera work, top notch CGI, and even underwater shots, this video explodes off the screen from the very first note.

  • Michael Makara
    Director
    Pre-visualization on Transformers 3, Narnia Trilogy
  • Mike Mangan
    Writer
    Big Organ Trio
  • Michael Makara
    Producer
  • Ho-Sung Pak
    Producer
  • Mike Mangan
    Producer
  • Mike Blumberg
    Producer
  • Holly Meowy
    Key Cast
  • Jeffrey Damnit
    Key Cast
  • Mike Mangan
    Key Cast
  • Mike Blumberg
    Key Cast
  • Morgan Schmidt
    Cinematography
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 2, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Michael Makara


Michael Makara is one of the leading pre-visualization artists in Hollywood today. As a pre-viz artist and supervisor, Mike has collaborated with a number of A-list directors in creating stunning sequences in an array of studio blockbusters and commercials over the past decade including the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES and TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON.

Hailing from Alexandria, Virginia where his artist mother and photographer father taught him the inner workings of a camera at age four. As a prodigious pre-teen, Mike used that same camera to create a visual accompaniment to the Alexandria Symphony's "Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition". The Washington Post described his piece as "touching and evocative" while touting the overall performance as "…not the first 'slides to music' presentation that this reviewer has seen, but certainly one of the best."

Mike continued engaging his passion for image capture and at sixteen had one of his photographs hanging in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC. By twenty-one, his animation thesis from Ringling School of Art and Design was selected to go on display at the international exhibition on computer graphics, SIGGRAPH, garnering much praise and attention. Soon the attention led to a formal job offer as a character animator for the visual effects company, Cinesite, in Los Angeles. On one of the first films he worked on, Mike got a lucky break when given the opportunity to review a very difficult sequence that had been passed around senior animators for months. Realizing the problem was in the editing, not the animation, Mike proposed a reedit, and ultimately his suggestion made the final cut, prompting a VFX supervisor to ask him, "How would you like to come up with good ideas to shoot, rather than figure out how to fix bad ones?"

From that moment on, Mike worked closely with top directors to design and construct sequences for many of the most visually thrilling movies of today, ranging from big-budget franchises like THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III, to such avant-garde faire as AEON FLUX and CITY OF EMBER. Often his sequences called upon his directorial eye long before cameras ever rolled. His technical expertise and innovative visual instincts have earned him an esteemed reputation handling the adrenalin-fueled, effects-driven genres of racing, action, fantasy, sci-fi and 3D-Animation.

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