Michael Fink created his first miniature shot, a still of a rocket to the moon, in the hallway of his parents' home, at the age of 10. He went on to earn degrees from California State University Northridge, San Francisco Art Institute, and California Institute of the Arts.
Fink began working in film on China Syndrome in 1977. He "cut his eye teeth" on films such as Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Bladerunner before becoming a visual effects supervisor on WarGames in 1982. He has since worked on over 45 films, including Buckaroo Banzai, Project X, The Seventh Sign, Batman Returns, Braveheart, Mars Attacks!, X-Men, X-Men 2, Constantine, and Tropic Thunder.
In 2008, Fink received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Special Visual Effects for the film The Golden Compass. More recently, he joined Prime Focus, Ltd., as CEO, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor. During his tenure at Prime Focus, Fink has overseen visual effects for films such as G.I. Joe, New Moon, and Avatar.
In addition, Fink is on the executive committee of the Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is a founding member, board member, and former vice chairman of the Visual Effects Society.
Fink, his wife, Melissa Bachrach, and their son, Alex, live in Los Angeles with their dog, Comet.