Flying High, Longlist - Fashion


Michael Rendell

Catatonia AB

Three youngsters stuck in a temporal bubble ponder their mundane existence as they wait for the next opportunity to return to normality. IN TRANSIT is a showcase of Schnayderman's Spring/Summer 2022 collection. An exploration of “now” in relation to where we’ve been and where we’re going. The film premiered at Copenhagen Fashion Week, and is written and directed by Michael Rendell, with cinematography by Oliver Olsson, both of whom made Schnayderman’s Autumn/Winter 2021 showcase ”The Outsiders”. Budget: 10.000 GBP The film was shot at the island of Gotland, during three days in July 2021.

When Michael was born he was just a baby. His parents put him in dance classes and in front of the piano from the tender age of four, until his late teens. During these years, he acted in several stage productions in his hometown of Malmö, Sweden. He was a self-proclaimed ”character actor” - playing diverse roles such as; a pickpocket; a drag queen and the rear end of a camel. This instilled a sensation of showmanship in the young Michael, having also been told intermittently that ”there’s no business like show business”. Michael retired from acting, and infancy, as he turned thirteen and blossomed into a strapping young man. He celebrated this transition by having a theme-less Bar Mitzvah. This was also the year when Michael made his first short film ”The Shmuck”, a parody of the 1996 movie hit ”The Rock”. The film grossed $0 at the box office, but this didn’t discourage Michael from embarking on a long and slow vocational Harakiri. Michael studied film directing at the Arts University Bournemouth and upon graduating freelanced as an editor for a couple of years. He’s been directing commercials since 2015, and juggles work with making short films and writing long form narrative. Besides filmmaking, Michael has been studying and performing improv comedy since 2018, at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles and Presens Impro in Stockholm.