What is your name and your current occupation?
Michael Cawood, and I’m currently working as a bit of a general dog’s body (that’s English slang for doing everything that’s needed) setting up a new Animation pipeline for a popular CG series. Some interesting new challenges, and lots of familiar old ones… but it’s all good and I’m having a lot of fun.
What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Paper boy? Cleaner? Brief stint in a tube factory? Erm… working in a supermarket selling the alcahol and cigarettes while making announcements over the tannoy and taking care of customers? I’m not sure I really have anything crazier than working in Animation. Oh wait, I did spend some time helping with the family business packing and branding surgical instruments for hospitals. There were some weird things in there!
What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
It depends on how you view it and who you’re talking to. Film people love to hear about my work on Happy Feet and Prince Caspain. Games creators like to hear about my days at Rare working on Starfox Adventures and Kameo. Commercials people like to hear about my work at Passion Pictures. I love them all in one way or another but it’s the short films I’ve nurtured that I’m most proud of. ‘Devils Angels & Dating’ is my latest and the first one I’ve made time for since my student days, over a decade ago.
How did you become interested in animation?
Same old tale, too many cartoons as a kid, throw in a dash of Continue…