About Michael Cawood

Michael Cawood - Studio

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 now works for Warner Brothers Feature Animation, while also directing an international team of artists on 'The Wrong Rock'.

Feature Films

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Happy Feet
  • Pete's Dragon
  • Night at the Museum 3
  • Ghostbusters
  • Furious 7
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 5
  • Star Trek: Beyond
  • Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Divergent
  • Guardian of the Highlands
  • The Mummy (2017)

Game Cinematics

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

Short Films

  • Devils, Angels & Dating
  • The Ocean Maker
  • Lostopolis
  • Panda Pander
  • Napoleon
  • Two Face Tabby

Commercials

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

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

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • Kevin Williams,
    Previs Supervisor - Proof

    "Michael has a great eye for animation and camera. He is a team player and a true professional. I have recommended Michael for other jobs, and will definitely work with him again."

  • 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."