What Makes A Great Movie Opening? – Mickey Finnegan

Film Courage: What movie opening have you watched the most?

Mickey Finnegan, Writer/Director: The movie opening I’ve watched the most in my life actually is HOT FUZZ, which has one of the most amazing introductions to Nicholas Angel the lead character playing Simon Pegg in that movie by Edgar Wright. That one I think is so amazingly executed and with such incredible style that I often watch that just for reference for such mastery of craft.

Film Courage: What do you consider to be the best movie opening of all time?

Mickey: I don’t know if this is the best movie opening of all time, I’d have to think about all of the movie openings I’ve ever seen but the one that does come to mind…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



Mickey Finnegan is a writer/director best known for his music video and commercial work with artists and brands such as LMFAO, Cee Lo Green, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lil Jon, Soulja Boy, Rebel Wilson, Tyga, Bella Thorne, The Offspring, Far East Movement, Dada Life, X-Factor, MTV, Dancing With the Stars, Playstation, Alienware, Intel, Dell, Dish, Pepsi, GSN, HGTV, FOX, ABC, Kia among many others. 

His success as a director has garnered attention from fans around the globe and his work has lead him to video nominations from The People’s Choice Awards, MTV VMA’s, NRJ Awards, American Music Awards and The Much Music awards in which his video for LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” won International Video of the Year. His commercial spots for Scream Queen’s also won a Promax for Best Commercial Campaign and a Nickelodeon campaign won him an EMMY in 2018. 

His work has been featured on MTV, BET, VH1, FUSE and E! numerous times taking number one spots on countdowns and his collected works on youtube have amassed over 3 billion views. Mickey has also had many successes in the narrative world. His most recent short film called Mom Fight screened at numerous film festivals including Dances With Films, Filmquest, CAAMfest, Seattle International, and GENCON where it took home the award for “Best Comedy.” His short film called GODLIKE, an indie drama about eSports, was celebrated among the Asian American Film Festival circuit and was distributed by Riot Games on their community page. 

Mickey has had multiple screenplays optioned by production companies including a biopic about legendary wrestling promoter Vince McMahon. 

Mickey is a Video Game and Comic Book enthusiast. He is also a member of the Director’s Guild of America and currently resides in Los Angeles. 








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