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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  • 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!"

  • Keith Sintay,
    Animation Supervisor - Encore VFX

    During the time I have worked with Michael, I have seen first hand his skills and abilities as a solid animator as well as a first rate previs and shot planner. He has a great work ethic, a friendly disposition and a willingness to learn and take direction to further improve his animation. I was very impressed with Michael's ingenuity and problem solving abilities. I strongly recommend Michael Cawood for any animation position.

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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."