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Michael Cawood’s ‘Animated Filmmakers’ Now Available

Director’s new book takes a deep dive into the making of his animated shorts including the Oscar-qualified ‘The Wrong Rock;’ the animation veteran shares tips for filmmakers to ‘…reduce pain, cost and stress’ in the production process.

Get a look behind the scenes with British-American animation director, Michael Cawood, in his new book, “Animated Filmmakers.” The animation veteran gives insights into how he made his award-winning films, the Oscar-qualified The Wrong Rock and Devils Angels and Dating. The book also offers professionals tips and tricks used on his workflow models and projects. These indie films were made entirely through the virtual studio model and went on to screen at film festivals all over the world.

“I wanted to give high value tips to other animated filmmakers that they wouldn’t normally hear from anywhere else,” shared Cawood. “I hope this book makes it a lot easier for others to make their animated projects without unnecessary pain, cost, and stress.”

“Animated Filmmakers” dives into the author’s animated films, “…all made with passion... but virtually zero budget.” It guides the reader through the lessons on crowdfunding, recruiting talent, and how to run a virtual studio production. Key team members also weigh in on how their time working on these films boosted their careers.

Some of Cawood’s previous credits include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Pete’s Dragon, Bumblebee, and Happy Feet. He is the founder of content creation studio, HEROmation, with his partner Julie Pifher. The Los Angeles-based studio develops films, series, books, and VR games, often utilizing the virtual studio model to benefit from a global talent pool. The company owns several science fiction IPs/books and has a robust slate of film and TV pitches.

Cawood’s films can be viewed here and his book is available for purchase on Amazon.

The Wrong Rock has also been adapted to an illustrated children's book, also available here on Amazon.

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