Award-winning CG animation and live action director Miles Flanagan has joined the crew at Los Angeles-based Z Animation (www.zanimation.tv). His first major project with the team is a two-spot international package for Microsoft, a fourth installment in McCann-Erickson/San Francisco’s ‘Realizing Potential’ global branding campaign that Flanagan originally helped design in 2001.
Over the past four years, Flanagan has won an ASIFA East award for Excellence in Design for his spot for Children’s National Medical Center, the Best Cel Animation Award from the London International Advertising Awards for Microsoft’s ‘School,’ and a BDA International Design Award for the opening title sequence for The Ellen Show. In addition, his ‘Bigmouth’ spot for U.S. Unwired was a cel animation finalist in the London International Advertising Awards.
Flanagan’s move to Z Animation reunites him with studio founder and exec producer Peter Barg, whom he has known since the two worked together on a campaign for U.S. Unwired in 2001.
‘I understand animation from an animator’s, director’s and producer’s standpoint, and having a strong technical background allows me to look at a job in a particularly effective manner,’ says Flanagan. ‘When not on a job, I’m hands on at my own studio, Parallax Studio Works, Inc. (formed in 2004), continually researching new technologies and animation methods. This gives me a uniquely positive and progressive understanding of how to successfully bring to life any agency concept or idea. And I’m constantly looking for new styles and methods.’
After graduating from London’s Middlesex University in 1989, Flanagan worked as a staff director at Oil Factory Films in London, directing music videos for The Pogues (co-directed with Peter Dougherty), Candy Flip, Dave Stewart and others. In the early 1990s, he co-founded London-based studio British Volcanic, where he co-created ad campaigns for Virgin Records and MTV, as well as the ‘Get Back’ promo for Paul McCartney. Flanagan moved to the U.S. in 1996 to join Klasky Csupo’s ad division, then moved on to staff positions at Duck Soup Studios and Acme Filmworks. An accomplished musician and composer, he still occasionally scores his own independent projects and is developing a feature film that will combine live action and animation. He hops to begin shooting the film sometime in 2007, and says it will be a ‘real eye-opener’ for the entire industry.