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The Ocean Maker
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I'm not really posting this to recruit. I just wanted to share this project that my friend Lucas Martell is directing. I'm actually working on it with him as the final member of a core team that he's…Continue

Tags: martell, lucas, catchers, cloud

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Cawood - Director Apr 24, 2015.

Director's Cut
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I'm working on a Directors Cut of Devils along with Phil (Composer) and Michael (Sound Effects and Mix). It's not a major change, just an extra shot and a longer cut.Even as we were completing the…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Cawood - Director Sep 13, 2012.


New Blog

I'm switching my normal blog posts over to blogger to make it easier to post regularly. I'll probably only update this feed when tehre are changes to my portfolio website, but even then I may post them on my blog so that's probably the best feed to subscribe to from now on.

Red vs Blue Season 10

I returned to Rooster Teeth for another stint on Red vs Blue, this time kicking off the new Maya department for Season 10. Previously Poser had been their primary 3D package and it was still in use for this season too, but it was becoming obvious that they'd need to develop a more widely adopted package for most things in order to expand the goals of the show. I headed up the initial stages of that, built up a team, techniques, tools, work flow etc... I wasn't actually around for the earnest filmmaking or animation but I had some fun creating the pipeline. One of the primary tools that was needed was a fast way to rig a large cast of characters and apply mocap/animation from one of three sources; Maya, Poser and directly from the mocap capture studio. The rigs also needed to be animator friendly, which is usually not the case with mocap related material, so that they could do all kind of crazy physical things with the characters you wouldn't want to do in a mocap suite. It was an interesting challenge I'd only ever touched on in parts before. But the end results were pretty good. I left it in the hands of Joe, another TD that joined the team a little later, who will no doubt have refined the process. By the time I left there was a small but dedicated team of people ready to start the first episode and already on deadline to produce some content for the premiere announcement of Season 10 at PAX. I had a hand in only one shot that was intended for the teaser trailer, and I'd like to have shown it here, but as always if you're not the last man standing when these things go to the wire you can't count on your work making it through in one piece, and it appears the same happened here which is always a shame. I wish them all well for the rest of Season 10 which you can see weekly episodes of on their website.

Devils in 3 festivals plus new job

Devils, Angels and Dating has now been accepted in to three festivals and won one award. As a direct result of the film I'm aware of a number of team members that have gotten new jobs, not least of which myself. I've started working as an Animation Director for Panda Panther in New York which is a really exciting new opportunity and very much suited to my skills and style. It can be hard to come by a company with the same goals as your own whilst still respecting you for your strengths and offering a strong creative challenge, so I'm feeling very lucky. It's going to be an exciting new adventure.

Michael Cawood - Director

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Primary Job Title / Skillset / Role (on this film)
What skills do you have or would you like to develop?
Project Director/Producer, Maya Animation, 2D Animation, Effects, After Effects - Effects, After Effects - Compositing, Digital Fusion - Effects, Digital Fusion - Compositing, Adobe Premiere, Concept Art, Story Development/Writer, Storyboards, Previsualization, Sound Effects, Technical Director, Layout Artist, Rigging, Producer, Supervisor, Senior, Lighting (Maya), Rendering (Mental Ray), Financial Backer, Windows user, Maya user
How many years of industry experience do you have?
10 + years
How much time do you have to offer this project?
Full time while I wait for a job
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5 Million Views

'Devils Angels & Dating', the little indie film that was made by nothing but talented volunteers, has passed 5 Million views! https://youtu.be/rkddkbu-EMA
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Thessaloniki Animation Festival at Greece

October 23, 2015 to October 25, 2015
Devils will be screening at the Thessaloniki Animation Festival in Greece between the 23rd and 25th of October.See More
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Thessaloniki Animation Festival

Devils will be screening at the Thessaloniki Animation Festival in Greece between the 23rd and 25th of October.
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Jul 24, 2015
Philippe REY - Composer commented on Michael Cawood - Director's event Film Quest
"Ok thanks for the information ;o) It looks like it's a cool opportunity to also meet people there.. Ok I'll let you know as soon as possible, thank you very much Mike ;o)"
May 28, 2015
Michael Cawood - Director commented on Michael Cawood - Director's event Film Quest
"It looks like it's June the 20th at 2pm. Let me know. I'm tempted to go, but if someone else on the team wants to go I'm happy to give up the tickets to them. The VIP All access tickets cost $250 each and you get two of them. Sounds…"
May 27, 2015
Philippe REY - Composer commented on Michael Cawood - Director's event Film Quest
"Hey Mike, that's awesome news ;o) Thank you for letting us know ! Do you have any idea when exactely our movie will be screened ? which day ? My wife Felicia has family there.. we could eventualy try to be there, and we won't need an…"
May 27, 2015

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Film-making tips on Artella

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Interview with Bobb Strongman

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Interview with Edgardo Padilla

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Interview with Mohammad Sadeh

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Interview with AnnMarie Cernoch

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At 8:09pm on January 28, 2012, Michel Morel said…

Thanks man. Your site is really nicely setup.
Did you guys received some awards for the awesome job?

At 6:27pm on December 10, 2011, iskander Mellakh said…

Your welcome :) I have been spreading the word too - I thought it might help boost the appeal. it seems the more backers the more people back things - strange!

At 3:05am on December 6, 2011, sameerbaloch said…

Great work Mike,,keep up the good work.


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