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MIKE SMITH

 

5735, NE Cleveland Ave.

Portland, Oregon 97211

Tel: (503) 360 7295

realmikesmith@hotmail.com

 

Nationality: British and US Citizen

 

BAFTA nominated director, experienced in directing, designing and animating, with innovative use of mixed media techniques that include 2D, 3D, puppetry, cut-out, live action and CG.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS


In-house Director, Creative Director/Consultant at a number of animation studios including Colossal PicturesWild BrainVinton Studios/Laika and ReelFX.  Providing strong creative leadership to a roster of directors, animators and other creatives, while contributing to these studios during their transitions from short to long-form production.

 

Design, direction, story and project development with major motion picture studios including Walt DisneyParamount Pictures20th Century FoxWarner BrosTurner PicturesNickelodeonSonyUnited ArtistsEMI Films and Gaumont Studios.

 

Collaborating both in development and production with directors and producers such as Francis Ford CoppolaOliver StoneZack SnyderPaul McCartneyCurtis HansonGary Winick, Matt Groening, Harvey Weinstein, Henry Selick. and Bill Joyce.

 

Director and Producer for ‘1001 Nights’, a 23 minute BAFTA nominated theatrical release, screened with live performance from The Los Angeles Philharmonic

 

Designed and Directed hundreds of Commercials, Pop Promos and Idents in the UK, Europe and the USA.  


HISTORY


2005 – 2009    Reel FX     

Director, Designer, Storyboard and Animator

In-house Director in Development

Creative Consultant, helping to guide ReelFX into feature film production

 

Feature Production:

 

Warner Bros.

The Tales of the Black Freighter

Director 

(20 minute animated film, working with Zack Snyder)

 

Walt Disney

The Wild

(CG animated theatrical release feature)  

2 minute opening sequence

Co-Director, Art Director and Designer

(working with director  Steve Williams)

 

Paramount Pictures

Charlotte’s Web’ 

(CG animated theatrical release feature)

Storyboards and Animatics for web writing sequences

(working with director Gary Winick)

 

Feature Development:

 

The Mischieviants’ – proposed feature

Story Development

(working with creator/writer Bill Joyce)

 

Dinosaur Bob’ – proposed feature

Story Development and Written Treatment

(working with creator Bill Joyce)

 

A Cricket in Times Square’ – proposed feature  

Designs, Story Development and Written Treatment

Producer: Harvey Weinstien

 

Opus – proposed feature

Designer and Story Development

Producer: Harvey Weinstein

 

Pink’ – proposed feature

(Self, with permission from Laika Studios)

Director, Story Development, Designer

and Written Treatment 


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay 

5 min trailer for proposed feature for

Paramount Pictures

 

 

2004               Matchframe

Buddha’ (8 min)

Storyboard

Part of a permanent installation on Lantau Island, Hong Kong, site of the Giant Buddha

 

 

2001-2004      Laika Studios / Vinton Studios

Director, Designer, Animator and Storyboard

Creative Consultant/Creative Director:

Helped to create a roster for shorts and feature film development (working with Phil Knight)

Contributed to the creative reshaping of the studio

(also coming up with their new name, Laika Studios)

 

Commercials:

 

Honey Nut Cheerios

Wonder Loaf

Honda

Minute Maid ‘Popeye’ (featured on the Daily Show)

 

Development:

 

Pink’ (proposed short and feature)

Director, Designer, Writer

Written feature treatment

 

Moon Girl

(CGI short)

Design work and Written Treatment

 

Short film:

 

Sony 

Ananda’ (5 min)

(multi-media short, produced to promote Sony’s Hi Def cameras)

Director, Designer, Storyboard and Animator

 

 

1999– 2000      Wild Brain Studios

Director, Designer, Storyboard and Animator

Creative Consultant in Development

 

Commercials:

 

WrigleysMinute Maid Hi-CCoca-Cola ‘Super Mom’ (winner of Clio Award)

 

Film:

 

8 Mile’ 

Designer and Storyboard

4 proposed animated sequences           

(working with director Curtis Hanson  

 

Development:

 

The Windyrider 

(Self)

 

 

1999               Rough Draft Studio

Futurama

Gracie Films/20th Century Fox

Title sequence

Director, Storyboard

(working with creator Matt Groening)

                                   

 

1999               Francis Ford Coppola

Pinocchio

Storyboarding on proposed theatrical feature  

 

 

1998-1999      Nickelodeon

Director in Development

Dreams’ –Designs and Written Treatment

Ghosts’ –Written Treatment

 

 

1998               Hyperion Studio / BS24

1001 Nights’ (23 mins)

Producer and Director

BAFTA nominated, selected for Sundance Film Festival

Screened as a series of live performances with the

LA Philharmonic Orchestra         

Dorothy Chandler

Hollywood Bowl

Music composed by David Newman

Conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen

(working with Yoshitaka Amano)

 

 

1997-1998      Warner Bros.

Director in Development

The Spectre

Designer and Written Treatment

(working with DC Comics)

 

 

1997               Rob Bottin Productions

Deep Rising’ (1998)

2D Animation design and movement test for creature

                                   

 

1996                Turner Pictures

Development

The Red Shoes

Designer and Written Treatment

(working with director/script writer Caroline Thompson)

 

 

1996                Walt Disney

James and the Giant Peach

Storyboard (titles) and 2D animation character effects

(working with director Henry Selick)

 

 

1991-1996        Colossal Pictures

In-house Director, Designer, Storyboard and Animator


Feature Production:


Ixtlan Corporation / Warner Bros.

Natural Born Killers’ 

Animated Sequences

Director, Designer, Storyboard and Animator

(working with  Oliver Stone)

 

United Artists

Tank Girl’ 

Animated Sequences

Director, Designer, Storyboard and Animator

(working with director Rachel Talalay

and creator Jamie Hewlett)

 

Commercials:

 

Nike ‘Charles Barkley’; winner of the Silver Hugo at the Chicago Film Festival

ESPN 2 - ident

Pepsi - series campaign

Cheerios – series campaign 

 

 

1987 – 1991     Felix Films

Owner, Creative Director, Director, Designer and Animator 

First London based animation studio to represent Individual directors reels 

Studio became known for its creativity and eclectic  use of animation

                                   

Commercials:

 

WeetabixCarling Black LabelCajun’ (winner of Best Irish Commercial), Bowyers

LevisRoger’ (winner of Clio Award), Ribena

 

Pop Promos:

 

Eddie GrantDavid ByrneGrace JonesHimuroBob Marley

 

Beleza Tropical Jorge Ben (working with David Byrne)

                                    (winner Best Animation – Holland Animation Awards)

 

Television:

 

Grim Tales’ with Rik Mayall

Animation for 3 episodes

Creative Director, (Director for one episode), Designer, Animator 


Idents:

 

BBCBBC 2 and MTV 

                                     

 

1986               EMI Films / 20th Century Fox

Highlander

Theatrical release feature

Directior, Designer and Animator 

(working with Russell Mulcahy)

                                   

 

1985               MGMM

Animation Director, Designer and Animator

 

Pop Promos:

 

Daryl Hall

Queen

Art of Noise

Paul Hardcastle

 

 

1984               Gaumont Studios

Asterix and Ceasrer’s Surprise

Theatrical release feature

Lead Animator

 

 

1982               Cucumber Studios 

Animator for Pop Promo

Donald Fagen

 

 

1981-1983      Shootsey Ltd

Director, Designer and Lead Animator

Commercials and Pop Promos

(working with Len Lewis)

 

 

1981               Grand Slamm

Rupert the Frog Song’ (13 mins)

Designer, Storyboarding and Animator

(working with Geoff Dunbar and Paul McCartney)

 

 

1980               Bob Godfrey Films

Bio-Woman’ (10 mins)

nominated BAFTA Film Award

Designer, Lead Animator 

(working with Bob Godfrey)

 

 

1980               First Independent Commercial

Forbidden Planet Book Shop 

(for theatrical release)

 

 

1980               Dragon Films

Animator

(working with Oscar Grillo and Sergio Simonetti)

 

 

1977-1980      West Surrey College of Art

three year animation course

 

 

1976               St. Martin’s School of Art

foundation course in art