Paul Griffin


Animation Direction and Visual Effects

“Working in animation is a lot of fun. I enjoy the opportunities afforded by storytelling, using a medium in which you can do anything. The possibilities are endless – it’s amazing that I get to do this as my job.”

Over a prolific 25-year career, Paul Griffin has worked on some of the most celebrated animated cinematic masterpieces of modern times.  His expertise cover the full spectrum of production skills, having seen him employed variously as a director, producer, visual effects supervisor, animation director and animator. He brings a level of experience and expertise that is truly unique in China.

His most notable work includes animating on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Fantastic Four, Jurassic Park III and The Mummy Returns.  He provided visual development for King Kong, set up the animation department for District 9, and provided extensive facial animation in the Academy Award winning film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  He worked on animation and visual effects for the first two Star Wars prequels and on the cinematic sequences for the game Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Most recently he helped supervise animation in Happy Feet Two. And now he is directing a new animation feature film  Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer co-produced by Canadian production and sales group Double Dutch and Awesometown Entertainment.

Professional Experience
  • 2011 Happy Feet Two (lead animator: Dr D Studios)
  • 2011 Love (animation director: Griffin Interplanetary Studios, visual effects supervisor)
  • 2010 Riverworld (TV movie) (animation supervisor: Five VFX)
  • 2009 Knights of Bloodsteel (TV mini-series) (animation director)
  • 2009 District 9 (animation consultant – uncredited)
  • 2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (animation supervisor)
  • 2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (animation supervisor: Image Metrics)
  • 2006-2007 Viva Piñata (TV series) (series director, supervising producer: Bardel Entertainment – 53 episodes)
  • 2006 Pan’s Labyrinth (animation supervisor: pre-production, CafeFX – uncredited)
  • 2005 King Kong (animation previsualization)
  • 2005 Zathura: A Space Adventure (animation supervisor – uncredited)
  • 2005 Fantastic Four (animation supervisor: CafeFX)
  • 2005 The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (animation director)
  • 2005 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (animation supervisor: CafeFX)
  • 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (animator: Weta Digital)
  • 2002 Star Wars: Bounty Hunter (Video Game) (animation supervisor: cinematic sequences)
  • 2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (lead animator: ILM)
  • 2001 Jurassic Park III (animation sequence supervisor)
  • 2001 The Mummy Returns (animation sequence supervisor)
  • 1999 Magnolia (visual effects animation supervisor: ILM)
  • 1999 Deep Blue Sea (visual effects animation supervisor)
  • 1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (character animator: ILM)
  • 1998 Jack Frost (visual effects animation supervisor: ILM)
  • 1995 Casper (animator)
  • 1989 Captain Power: The Beginning (TV movie) (animation director: Arcca Animation)
  • 1987-1988 Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (TV series) (animation director: Arcca Animation – 22 episodes)
  • 1986 The Fly (senior animator – uncredited)
Honors and Awards
  • Budweiser: Come Home(AICP Award)
  • General Motors, EV1(Clio Award – Best Computer Animation,Mobius Award,Imagina: Prix Pixel,Emmy Nomination)
  • Diamond Walnuts(Clio Award – Best Computer Animation)
  • Best Video From a Film “Men in Black”(MTV Music Award)
  • Lifesavers, The Good Times Roll(1st Prize – International Monitor Awards,1st Prize – NCGA International Computer Animation Competition,People’s Choice – Images Du Future, Montreal,Prix Special – Images Du Future, Montreal,Mobius Award – Mobius Awards,Craft Award – Bessie Awards, Toronto)
  • Teddy Grahams(Gold Award – Houston International Film Festival,Canadian Computer Graphics Association Award)
  • Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future(Gemini Award – Technical Achievement)


Paul Griffin offers the following workshops:


He also offers an extensive range of consultancy services including:

  • Animation Direction
  • Animation Integration into a Visual Effects Studio
  • Story Analysis
  • Animation Design Critique
  • Art Direction for Feature Animation

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