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 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

Commercials

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

Short Films

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

Game Cinematics

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

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

  • 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."

  • Duane Floch,
    Previs Supervisor - MPC

    "I've really enjoyed having Michael on my team. The depth of his experience and his understanding of film-making have made him a tremendous asset to my team. I look forward to many more years of collaboration."

  • 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!"

  • 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."

  • 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."