The Wrong Rock

Short Film

Devils, Angels & Dating

In 2006 I started developing a short computer generated film called 'Devils, Angels and Dating'. This film was made with the internet in mind, fully aware of modern trends. I was inspired by modern dating trends and let those themes influence the core ideas behind the film.

The OceanMaker

I put in a few months of work on this short film. I was largely involved in the 3D filmmaking side of things, creating rough versions of shots, editing it together and figuring out what works to tell the story.

Napoleon: The Ticket

Michael Cawood helped Matt Berenty 'plus' the story, then came on board to implement the changes in Layout and Previs Animation.

The Great Happyfication

After spending a couple of years working on confidential projects it’s refreshing to have worked on something I can talk about again. I’m writing this after returning to Austin, after spending a couple of months in Los Angeles. I got the call to work at Psyop and when I found it was going to be on Happiness Factory I couldn’t have been… happier. Ironically another job option came up at the same time (why do they always come along at the same time?). Anyway, this was the best fit and I pulled out all the stops to get to LA to work on this.

Devils, Angels & Dating: Trailer

During the development of 'Devils, Angels & Dating' I knew it was going to be very important to create a strong trailer to attract talent to work on the project. So the trailer was planned out early in the process. Storyboards from the film were cut together and a score was created so that we could plan around those shots getting done first. It was updated almost as often as the main film itself so that the team could see how it was coming along. It was completed about six months ahead of the completion of the final film.

Lostopolis

I was an Animation Director for the company and did a little character design and rigging supervision in the early stages of production.

Devil: Character Design

Character designs by Michael Cawood, for the Devil in the short film 'Devils Angels & Dating'.

Cupid: Character Design

Character designs by Michael Cawood, for Cupid in the short film 'Devils Angels & Dating'.

Doorman: Character Design

Character designs by Michael Cawood, for a character that was ultimately not used in the short film 'Devils Angels & Dating'.

Death: Character Design

Character designs by Michael Cawood, for Death in the short film 'Devils Angels & Dating'.

Panda Pander

Panda Pander gathered a few million hits at Crackle before they changed their format. After Two Face Tabby I didn't want to spend so long on my next project so I did some one off exercises to flesh out my showreel while I spent a few months developing the pre-production material for Panda Pander (working title "Shelf Life").

Racket and Polo: Character Design

Character designs by Michael Cawood, for the Pandas in the short film 'Panda Pander'.

Two Face Tabby

This started with a mythical legend I researched that I have completely forgotten now. My old friend Scott helped me find it, he's good with things like that. The legend formed the basis for the story and provided the name of the beast: Fenrir. The I didn't make any attempt to retell the legend, I just borrowed the idea for the characters and formed my own story from them in a similar setting. My plan for this was ambitious so I never actually managed to completely finish it. Some of the scenes are lacking ...

Pagan: Character Design

Character designs by Michael Cawood for the Pagan character 'Two Face Tabby'.

Archer: Software Demo

During my last summer holiday as a University student I found a local company that built and sold video editing suits, they were also the UK distributors for a number of different pieces of software. I approached them, pitched some ideas and I was asked to do some animation for a video that would showcase and demonstrate the basics of an animation coloring system...

Fenrir: Character Design

Character designs by Michael Cawood for the Fenrir, monster, character from 'Two Face Tabby'.

B.I.T. Commercial

This was really just a cheeky last minute request to do an advert for BIT (the same company that commissioned me to do the Archer demo). I used one of the characters (later to be nicknamed Polo) from the Archer piece ...

Raven: Character Design

Character designs by Michael Cawood for the Raven character from 'Two Face Tabby'.

Animation Director Reel

Animation Director, Michael Cawood's, demoreel

Character Design Portfolio

Character Designs by Animated Filmmaker, Michael Cawood