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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  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • Enrique Caballero,
    Character Technical Director for Animal Logic

    "Working with Michael was a total pleasure, he brought a lot of talent and ability to the project and was always smiling and up for a laugh. Because of his work ethic and personality I would gladly work with him again on any project."

  • 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."