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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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."
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.
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."
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."
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."