About Michael Cawood

Michael Cawood

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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 clients at Dreamworks, Disney, Warner Brothers, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Microsoft, Activision, Nintendo, Sega and many more.

Michael has a broad creative skillset including screenwriting, character design, storyboarding, producing, previs, layout, pipeline development, rigging, editing, filmmaking and supervising. He has a unique strength in directing web based teams as first showcased in his 'Orson Welles Award' winning short film, 'Devils Angels & Dating', which attracted millions of views online. Then again in, 'The Wrong Rock', which is touring oscar qualiftying fesivals world-wide. Both films won 'Best Short Film' at the Burbank Film Festival (2012 and 2019).

Between his own projects Michael, has helped his friends on their short films, including the multi-award winning 'The OceanMaker' which was screened at South by South West, and 'Napoleon: The Ticket'. Both are beautiful and highly accomplished films.

Michael supervised the previsualisation for Universal's new take on 'The Mummy' with Tom Cruise, 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', 'Night at the Museum 3' and the video game cinematics for 'Skylanders Giants', 'Starfox Adventures' and 'Kameo'.

Recommendations

  • Dustin Gaspard,
    Production Supervisor - Kinsane

    "Working with Michael was a great experience. He manged and completed a large volume of work in a very short period of time with poise, creativity, and professionalism. His ability to lead a team with a variety of personalities and talents surpassed my expectations and the project delivery was effortless. I hope to hire him again for many projects on the horizon."

  • 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!"

  • Chris Knott,
    VFX Supervisor for Passion Pictures / Disney

    "I look forward to working with Michael again, he has broad experience, and is a serious talent: throughout his previz work and animation on a 'pressure' project, he was calm and assured, a great anchor point for other members of the crew. Highly recommended."

  • 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."

  • 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."