Chris Miller and Raman Hui, directors of DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming Shrek the Third, have been named Animation Directors of the Year by ShoWest, the annual motion picture industry convention taking place March 12-15 in Las Vegas. Both Miller and Hui made their feature directorial debuts on the third Shrek installment and will receive the ShoWest award during the closing night ceremony at Bally’s and Paris.
‘With their innovative work on Shrek and Shrek 2, Chris Miller and Raman Hui have continually raised the bar for animated features and helped DreamWorks Animation become one of the leaders in animated comedy,’ says Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of ShoWest.
Miller joined DreamWorks Animation in 1998 as a story artist on the studio’s animated comedy,Antz. He stayed on as a story artist on the first Shrek, for which he wrote additional dialogue and provided the voices of Magic Mirror and Gepetto. His other credits include head of story for Shrek 2 and voice of Kowalski the Penguin in Madagascar.
Hui has been a major force at PDI/DreamWorks for more than 15 years, guiding the animation team from commercials and shorts to feature films. He started at the studio in 1989 and worked his way up to lead character designer/supervising animator on Antz. He also served as supervising animator on Shrek and Shrek 2, as well as the Universal Studios theme park attraction Shrek 4D. Hui also wrote, directed and produced the PDI/DreamWorks short film Sleepy Guy.
Set for release on May 18, Shrek the Third finds the green ogre in a lurch when his father-in-law, King Harold, suddenly croaks, leaving him in charge of the kingdom of Far Far Away unless he can find a more suitable heir. With the help of Donkey and Puss in Boots, Shrek sets out to make a king of Fiona’s cousin Artie, an underachieving Medieval high school slacker.
ShoWest, an international gathering devoted exclusively to the movie business, is expected to draw more than 5,000 members of the motion picture industry to Sin City. Each year, the convention attracts delegates from more than 50 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. ShoWest is managed by the Nielsen Business Media, a division of The Nielsen Co.