Michael Goi

Michael Goi (born March 4, 1959) is an American cinematographer, television and film director.

Michael Goi
Born (1959-03-04) March 4, 1959 (age 61)
Other namesMichael K. Goi
Alma materColumbia College Chicago
OccupationCinematographer, television and film director
Years active1980-present

He is well known for his work on Showtime's Web Therapy, and for his work with Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk on Glee, Scream Queens and American Horror Story. He also wrote and directed the 2011 film Megan Is Missing.


He began his career as director of photography on a short horror film directed by John Strysik, The Music of Erich Zann, in 1980; and then on the comedy The Blues Brothers, as a production assistant. He went on to serve as cinematographer on film and television series, such as: Moonstalker, How U Like Me Now, What Matters Most, Call Waiting, Funky Monkey, Cloud 9, Witness Protection, My Name is Earl, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Mr. Sunshine, Salem and The Town That Dreaded Sundown[1][2]

Goi has written and directed two feature films during his career; Voyeur, an action drama about a reluctant porn star and her biggest fan; and Megan Is Missing, about internet predators and the disappearance of Megan Stewart (Rachel Quinn).

Web TherapyEdit

Goi served as the exclusive cinematographer on Lisa Kudrow's Web Therapy throughout the entirety of its run. A total of 87 episodes.

Work with Ryan MurphyEdit

As director of photography, Goi first worked with prolific writer/producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk on their (with Ian Brennan) FOX musical comedy Glee, in 2011, with the episode "Asian F". That same year he also began work on the duo's new FX series American Horror Story. His first episode on the series was the Murder House installment "Rubber Man". He went on to work on Murphy's short-lived NBC comedy The New Normal; and the trio's 2015 horror/comedy Scream Queens. During the fourth season of American Horror Story, Goi made his series directorial debut with "Magical Thinking". He served as the series' exclusive cinematographer from the premiere of Asylum, until the end of the fifth season. He was succeeded in the capacity by Breaking Bad's Nelson Cragg, with the commencement of the sixth year.[3]



Title Season Episode name Episode # Date Contribution Notes
American Horror Story Freak Show "Magical Thinking" 11 7 January 2015 Director
Hotel "Room Service" 5 4 November 2015
"Flicker" 7 18 November 2015
Roanoke "Chapter 2" 2 21 September 2016 [4]
Pretty Little Liars Season 7 "Hit and Run, Run, Run" 4 12 July 2016
Famous in Love Season 1 "Taking Care of Business" 3 2 May 2017 [5]
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments Season 2 "Those of Demon Blood" 13 19 June 2017
Nashville Season 5 "The Night Before (Life Goes On)" 18 20 July 2017
Falling Water Season 2 "Nothing Personal" 8 24 February 2018
"The Art of the Deal" 10 10 March 2018
The Arrangement Season 2 "Surface Tension" 2 18 March 2018
The Gifted Season 2 "coMplications" 2 9 October 2018
"iMprint" 6 6 November 2018
The Rookie Season 1 "Time of Death" 8 11 December 2018
"Plain Clothes Day" 14 26 February 2019
"Free Fall" 20 16 April 2019
Season 2 "Impact" 1 29 September 2019
"Hand-Off" 15 15 March 2020
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 2 "Chapter Thirteen: The Passion of Sabrina Spellman" 13 5 April 2019
Season 3 "Chapter Six: All Of Them Witches" 6 24 January 2020
Swamp Thing Season 1 "The Anatomy Lesson" 9 26 July 2019
Riverdale Season 4 "Chapter Sixty-Five: In Treatment" 8 4 December 2019
Charmed Season 2 "Guess Who's Coming To SafeSpace Seattle" 10 17 January 2020


  1. ^ "Michael Goi". TV.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "Michael Goi, ASC: Shooting TV with the Sony F65". CreativeCOW. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "AMERICAN HORROR STORY - INSIDE THE ASYLUM: THE LOOK OF HORROR". Panavision. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "(#602) "Chapter 2"" (Press release). The Futon Critic. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  5. ^ Laventhol, Ali (July 28, 2016). "Ali Leventhol on Twitter: "Very excited to start production today on FIL103! #FamousInLove"". Twitter. Retrieved September 20, 2016.

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