Miguel began his filmmaking career as a stop-motion animator creating short animated films with his brother. After graduation, Miguel established his stop-motion company Alcazaren Bros. Animation and began focusing on advertising and television work. The company lasted for more than a decade before Miguel moved on to live action commercial directing. He worked on Martial Law ( 1997 ), a documentary examining life in the Philippines during the Marcos Dictatorship. After 20 years as a multi-awarded advertising director for animation and liveaction, Puti marks Miguel’s film debut.