Michael Dornellas is a professional Freediver, RED Monstro 8K owner/operator, certified PADI Rescue Diver, and all-around underwater athlete. In the past few years his career has taken off because of his unique style of filming - free diving with the ability to capture very close animal interactions, all on a single breath of air.
Michael started as a professional guide for clients who wanted a private and natural experience in the wild with sharks, gators, and other marine life. Guiding high profile clients, actors and actresses, National Geographic Photographers, and professional Cinematographers, Michael quickly made a name as one of the best go -to experts for close encounters with nature's apex and keystone predators. Michael specializes in close interactions, understanding the animals he interacts with allowing him to capture one of a kind shots.
Michael is known for not only capturing the footage needed, but exceeding all expectations of the crew. Michael is a talent with a camera and a person that knows the ins and outs of the animals and the environment he works with. He has a unique passion for being in the ocean and an absolute love for all creatures. Michael has also appeared as a Host and shark expert on Discovery’s Shark Week and will be working as UW cameraman and host for 2019 Shark Week.
“One of the most unique diving experiences of my life, thank you Michael for opening up a new world for me. Seeing tiger sharks in the wild was an incredible encounter and experience I’ll never forget. I felt safe the entire time and can’t wait to do it again!”
- Keith Ladzinski - National Geographic Photographer-
Mike Dornellas is a great guy, talented, hard-working, easy to make fun of, I like him
- Andy Brandy Casagrande IV - Multi Emmy winning DOP-
I have been in the industry since 2013.
All taken while free diving - no scuba was used.