About Michael Cawood

Michael Cawood, has been creating animated films since 1994. He’s a multi-award winning British Animation Director and Supervisor based out of Los Angeles with credits in Film, Commercials and Games working with Dreamworks, Disney, Warner Brothers, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Microsoft, Activision, Nintendo, Sega and many more.

Michael has a broad creative skillset including directing, story development, character design, storyboarding, producing, previs, layout, rigging, editing, and supervising. He has a unique strength in directing online collaborations as first showcased in his 'Orson Welles Award' winning short film, 'Devils Angels & Dating', which attracted over 18 millions of views online. He repeated this success again with 'The Wrong Rock' which is currently touring Oscar qualifying festivals worldwide. Both films won 'Best Short Film' at the Burbank Film Festival (2012 and 2019). He also served as Head of Story for the multi-award winning 'The OceanMaker' which was screened at South by SouthWest. All three films screened at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, at the Hollyshorts Festival.

Michael supervised both, the previsualisation for Universal's new take on 'The Mummy' with Tom Cruise, and the postvis animation for 'Bumblebee'. Credits also include 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', 'Happy Feet', 'Pete’s Dragon', 'Ghostbusters', 'Pirates of the Caribbean 5', and 'Night at the Museum 3'. He was the Animation Director for the game cinematics in 'Skylanders Giants' and Lead on 'Starfox Adventures' and the XBox 360 launch title 'Kameo'.

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  • 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."

  • Grant Kirkhope,
    Bafta Nominated Composer - The Wrong Rock, GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64

    "Working with Michael has been a total pleasure. It's so great for composers when the director has a very clear vision of the kind of music they are looking for and can articulate that vision in a very precise manner. Whenever I was slightly unclear of the mood of a scene Michael would always be able to give me the exact thing that I needed to hear/read that made it easy for me to compose what he wanted. It's so refreshing to work with a director that really cares about the score. The Wrong Rock has been a delight to work on and I look forward to working with Michael and Heromation 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!"