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

  • 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."

  • 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 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."

  • 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!"