Michael Mann is an acclaimed filmmaker, writer and producer. He's best known for his work in television (notably Miami Vice) and in the genre of crime drama.He's a major proponent of digital cinematography, having shot Collateral, Miami Vice and Public Enemies with High-Definition video cameras rather than 35mm film cameras. His painterly visual style is distinctive all the same; while he often sets his work in cities, especially at night, he favours a minimalistic composition using tight geometric shapes, shallow focus, a limited color scheme and color coding to focus the viewer's attention on important elements; for example, he uses water and the color blue to convey calm and melancholy. The film Heat is the purest expression of this style. His action sequences are also famous and effective, however.
His filmography includes:
Tropes common in his work include: