His team uses a wide variety of techniques to create fresh, believable creatures.
Mike spent three years as Lead Animator on multiple sequences on James Cameron's Avatar, then as a senior animator on the first two films in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy before moving into the role of Animation Supervisor on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. In between these films, he was also Animation Supervisor on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus as well as The Wolverine.
Mike grew up in Vancouver. His father went to Art Center in Los Angeles in the 60's and was a good friend of Marv Newland, a well-known Canadian animator. When Mike was a child, his father would take him to animation festivals to see Marv's films. This was a big inspiration. He went on to study classical animation in 1999 and completed a CG short called Broker in 2000, which played on the festival circuit and was nominated for several awards.
Mike’s most recently completed projects include Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and David Lowery’s Pete’s Dragon, and is currently working on Alita: Battle Angel.