Michael Castillo is a multi-talented artist, musician, Ordained Christian Minister, and Child Advocate. Graduated with studies in music and video production at the Art Institute of Houston. Michael has a natural talent of visual art in drawing, painting, and the applications thereof. Michael's artwork work has displayed in media, print, and galleries. I apply a non-traditional sense to every project producing phenomenal captures of life and time. My most notable sketches are "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Fox and the Hound", which landed him an offer from Disney Studios. I create detailed photograph sketches, using oil, pastel, and lead mediums. My "Energy Series” invoked a deeply sense of spiritual passion, emotion, and life concerns. My canvas works are of mediums using wood, tin, metal, and dry erase walls, and brick. My most notable mural was the “Super Bowl in Houston”, 9’ x 12’ dry erase wall mural that was broadcast to a national audience.
I use a variety of cameras in my photography and video. Nikon 1080P, Canon 32, and Samsung 21S are my favorite cameras. With my wife, who is a natural story teller through photography, each photograph broadly displays the vicissitudes of "living" culture, nature, and gems hidden in plain sight. Each shot evokes a craving of perception by questioning the communication mechanisms and understandings that influence our conception of reality. I began a career in videography and film in 1994. I interned at Univision and FOX. I was TP and Camera for broadcast news. I was a P.A. on “Woman of Independent Means” and Producer of Depelchin Center Adoption “Welcome” video. I have been a Master Controller for Prime Networks and camera and assistant for various productions such as the Olympic entrance contest in San Antonio, and corporations. I use a variety of graphics programs and editing software for each video production.
About my personal mission. My work in the area of child advocacy began in 2003, when my 6-year-old son was parentally abducted and was missing for over 6 agonizing months. I utilized my skills as an investigator, locating my son over 120 miles away. It was through the power of Christ, strength of family, and friends that I turned this tragedy into triumph. In 2005, I created Helpspan (Help Stop Parental-child Abduction Now), a grass roots, program to help others who are enduring missing children. I created the nation’s first parental child abduction legislation that includes Amber Alerts, working with various state legislators, media representatives, victims, and families. This petition became the nation’s first parental child abduction law in 2008. In 2012, my petition became the nation’s first law added and Amber Alert for all missing children, including runaway. In 2013, I was appointed as a Legislative Advisor by Texas Governor Rick Perry for the House committee overseeing amendments to this legislation.
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