Michael Fink has earned degrees from California State University Northridge, San Francisco Art Institute, and California Institute of the Arts, in an attempt to disguise a checkered past.
Fink began working in film on China Syndrome in 1977. He was hooked, and continued working on films such as Star Trek - The Motion Picture and Blade Runner before becoming a Visual Effects Supervisor on War Games, in 1982. He has since worked on more than 50 films, including Buckaroo Banzai, War Games (BAFTA Nomination), Batman Returns (Academy Award Nomination, BAFTA Nomination), Braveheart, Mars Attacks!, X-Men, X-Men 2, Constantine, The Golden Compass (Academy Award, BAFTA Award), Tropic Thunder, Avatar, Tron: Legacy, Sucker Punch, Tree of Life, and Life of Pi.
Fink is a founding member of the VES and a member of the Executive Committee of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. He is currently a Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, and continues working as a supervisor and consultant on visual effects and 3D projects.