ANDREW ADAMSON (director/writer/producer) marked his directorial debut with the first film to win an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, DreamWorks’ 2001 blockbuster Shrek. The New Zealand native wrote and directed Shrek 2, the 2004 sequel to the fractured fairy tale sensation that garnered him an Oscar® nomination for Best Animated Feature, was nominated for Best Original Song, is the highest grossing domestic animated film in motion picture history and fifth highest grossing film in the U.S*. The prequel and sequel of the beloved ogre’s romantic odyssey were also nominated for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival’s Palme D’Or Awards.
Adamson’s third film, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which he adapted for the screen from C.S. Lewis’ classic best seller and also produced, was his first live-action directorial achievement. The international hit claimed the Oscar® for Best Makeup and collected two additional nominations for visual effects and sound. He shared a ‘Camie’ Award for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Shrek 2.
His first three animation and live action features are among the top 50 grossing films of all time with a combined worldwide box office exceeding $3 billion. All have received critical raves and numerous nominations and awards including the Annie Award, recognizing achievements in animation, and the BAFTA Children’s Award — both for Shrek.
Building on the franchise considered a lively romp for kids and a clever comedy for adults, Adamson created the story for Shrek the Third (2007) and Shrek Forever After (2010) and executive produced both.
He directed, produced and co-wrote the second in the Narnia franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which opened atop the U.S. box office in May 2008. He produced the successful third film in the franchise The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
In addition to Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away, Adamson directed Mister Pip, which he adapted from Lloyd Jones’ award-winning novel of a young girl in Papua New Guinea, who becomes transfixed by Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, read at school by the only white man in her village.
Adamson is also developing a slate of both live action and animated features and television shows with his longtime producing partner Aron Warner for their company Strange Weather, which they formed in 2010. Part of the company’s mission is to serve as a launching pad for emerging directors, mentored by Adamson and Warner. Some of the projects in development are Joby Harold’s fantasy Fountain City, Darren Bousman’s flash mob thriller The Bystander Effect, which he wrote and will direct, and the animated adaptation of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award-winning Dark Horse graphic novel Beasts of Burden. He is also developing The Futurist, a contemporary telling of a world-renowned futurist whose mid-life crisis reflects the one that the world is having around him.
He is producing the upcoming Truckers and has executive produced Ballast and the recently released Puss in Boots.
Adamson began his career as computer animator for the New Zealand animation company The Mouse That Roared. There he worked on a variety of television commercials and broadcast logos, including TV3’s first on-air presentation. In 1991, he joined PDI California (Pacific Data Images, now PDI/DreamWorks) with an extensive background in visual effects. As a visual effects supervisor, his credits include Angels in the Outfield, Double Dragon, Batman & Robin, A Time to Kill and Batman Forever, which brought him a shared nomination for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror’s Saturn Award. He also worked on the visual effects for Heart and Souls, Barry Levinson’s Toys, and True Lies, directed by his Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away collaborator James Cameron.
Adamson also worked on numerous award-winning spots for PDI/DreamWorks’ commercial division including Converse’s Planet Kevin, Dow Bathroom Cleaner’s Scrubbing Bubbles Greatest Show and Miller Genuine Draft’s Juke Box.
* Per boxofficemojo.com, Shrek 2 is the seventh highest U.S. grossing film of all time