About Michael Cawood

Michael Cawood

Michael Cawood, has been creating animated films since 1994. He’s a multi-award winning British Animation Director based out of Los Angeles with credits in Film, Commercials and Games working with clients at Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Microsoft, Activision, Nintendo, Sega and Konami.

Michael has a broad skillset including screenwriting, storyboarding, previs, layout, pipeline development, rigging, editing, design and filmmaking. He has a unique strength in directing web based teams as showcased in his 'Orson Welles Award' winning short film, 'Devils Angels & Dating', which has attracted millions of views online. His work in short films has won him numerous 'Best Short Film' and 'Best Animation' awards.

Michael is currently directing an international team of artists on the short film, 'The Wrong Rock'.

Feature Films

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Happy Feet
  • The Mummy (2017)
  • Pete's Dragon
  • Night at the Museum 3
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie
  • Furious 7
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5
  • Star Trek: Beyond
  • Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Divergent
  • Guardian of the Highlands

Commercials

  • The Great Happyfication
  • Mario Odyssey
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Skylanders: Swap Force
  • Pokemon Sun & Moon
  • VW Jetta / Sportwagen
  • Renault Megane Sport
  • Microsoft HoloLens
  • Churchill Insurance
  • Bud Light
  • Toyota Auris

Short Films

  • The Wrong Rock
  • Devils, Angels & Dating
  • The OceanMaker
  • Lostopolis
  • Panda Pander
  • Napoleon: The Ticket
  • Two Face Tabby

Game Cinematics

  • Skylanders Giants
  • Kameo
  • Starfox Adventures
  • Rockband 2
  • The Club
  • Megaman: Maverick Hunter

Series and Web

  • Red vs Blue
  • Golan the Insatiable
  • Pig Goat Banana Cricket
  • Tenkai Knights
  • Monkey King

Others

  • Viva Pinata
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Call of Duty

Recommendations

  • Matt Gibson,
    Previs Lead - Proof

    "I recently had the pleasure to work closely with Mike whilst he was Previs Supervisor on an upcoming Tom Cruise movie. Mike knows his stuff. With acres of industry experience under his belt he pretty much knows it all. He knows Maya inside out and is an organizational wizard. He has a brilliant eye for camera work and how to get a sequence to flow together. He also proved completely unflappable no matter what hurdles the director might throw at him (and there were a few!). An altogether outstanding supervisor. He has a very bright future indeed."

  • George Andreas,
    Creative Director at Sony Computer Entertainment

    "Mike was a very ambitious and highly motivated artist who was never afraid to share his thoughts during the game development period. He had bags of energy and passion and had many skills in many areas. He showed a particular high level of skill and talent for putting together FMV movies and storyboards and I would definitely work with him again if our paths crossed in the future."

  • Stuart Allan,
    Previs Supervisor at Proof

    "I've worked with Michael on several feature projects, and always find him to be a talented addition to the team. Regardless of the assignment he finds a way to produce good-looking, well-thought-out work. He's an artist to rely on when creative challenges arise and when rock-solid results are needed quickly."

  • Kevin Williams,
    Previs Supervisor - Proof

    "Michael has a great eye for animation and camera. He is a team player and a true professional. I have recommended Michael for other jobs, and will definitely work with him again."

  • Justin Barrett,
    Reel FX

    "I had the pleasure of working as a voice talent for Michael on his short film, "Devils, Angels & Dating." Through that work and later interactions, I came to know of Michael's amazing talent, versatility, and organization. He's got tons of experience in numerous disciplines in the CG animation industry, and brought all that experience to the table as director of the short. His goals for the project were very clear, and he did an awesome job of keeping the team on task in order to achieve those goals. And on top of all that, he's just a great guy; very relaxed and easy to work with at all levels. Michael would be a great asset to any company or project. I highly and heartily recommend him!"