About Michael Cawood

Michael Cawood - Studio

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

Game Cinematics

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

Short Films

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

Commercials

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

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

  • Shaun Reed,
    Design Director at Rare / Microsoft

    "I worked with Michael several years ago now but still remember him as one of the most driven and professional people I have made games with. At the time the animation work we were doing was leading the industry and Michael drove this with passion and expertise. I would not hesitate in recommending Michael and wish him every success in the future."

  • George Antzoulides,
    Previs Lead on Fast & Furious 7

    "Michael is a very gifted artist who possess the rare ability to be both creative and technically proficient. Not only is he a great animator but he knows how to interpret storyboards into Previs and how to shoot a sequence with logic and excitement. I could always count on Michael to be a team player and help solve problems. He was a great asset to have on my team. I look forward to working with him again."

  • 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."

  • Josh Lange,
    Previs Lead - Proof

    "So far, Michael and I have worked on two feature films together as previs artists, and I considered him to be a great asset on both projects. In addition to his wide range of knowledge in the 3D Animation and film-making disciplines, Michael is also a friendly person with an eye for detail, who has the discipline and motivation to see things done correctly. Lastly, he was also a regular at the weekly Proof sketch lunches, and was a fun to develop with whom to develop ideas."

  • Enrique Caballero,
    Character Technical Director for Animal Logic

    "Working with Michael was a total pleasure, he brought a lot of talent and ability to the project and was always smiling and up for a laugh. Because of his work ethic and personality I would gladly work with him again on any project."