HEROmation specializes in developing and producing animated projects, including creating original IP. We are located in the hills of Santa Clarita, CA just outside of Los Angeles. We create Films, Series, Game Cinematics, VR, Commercials, and Books.

We're keen to hear about new collaborations creating animated projects. When you contact any creative vendor remember the production triangle; you can have it good, fast or cheap... but you can only have two. If you're not sure what your budget is please check out this handy animation price calculator. With a rough sense of your budget, think about when you want it and gather some samples (links or project titles) so that we can get a sense of what quality you're looking for. With a rough sense of at least two of the three we'll be happy to help you figure out the rest.

Note that every studio is hiring from the same pool of talent, most trying to give the impression their team is ready to go, now... when actually they're going to hire who they need as soon as they get the green light from the client. We're not going to pretend that's what we do. We are two talented creatives that can scale up for projects matching a variety of different media types and target demographics without the overhead of a larger studio. We do this by hiring artists through the virtual studio model, this gives us immense flexibility to customize the team to suit every project. But it's not instant, so we'd really like to hear from you early so that we can help you develop the project and tailor the needs of the production. We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Michael Cawood

Writer, Director, Producer

HEROmation founder, Michael Cawood, has been creating animated films since 1994. He's a multi-award winning Animation Director with credits in Film, TV, Commercials, Games, Animated Series and Web content.

His credits include films like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Happy Feet, Pete's Dragon, Bumblebee, Ghostbusters, Pirates 5, Night at the Museum 3 and Lady and the Tramp. Series credits include Doom Patrol, Supergirl, The Flash, Bat Woman and Red vs Blue. Cinematics include Skylanders, Starfox, Call of Duty, Rockband 2 and Kameo. Commercials include Energizer Bunny, Pokemon and Super Mario Odyssey. Short films include the Award Winning, The Wrong Rock and Devils, Angels & Dating, plus The Great Happyfication for Coca Cola.

Along the way Michael has worked at some amazing companies and studio lots including: Dreamworks, Disney, MPC, Fox, Universal, Rare, Paramount, Animal Logic, Psyop and many more.

Julie Pifher

Writer, Producer, Development

Julie Pifher is an award-winning filmmaker and author. Julie has developed and sold television series and pilots to a variety of networks; Syfy, Investigation Discovery, Pivot/Participant, History Channel, and Destination America, among others. Most notably, she created TLC's hit show My Giant Life which ran for three seasons, and Born Behind Bars for A&E Network. As Vice President of Film & TV for AfterShock Comics, she adapted comic books optioned by Hulu, Legendary, Fox, and Universal. She consults on, and writes features and series while developing numerous original intellectual properties.

Julie has written several books including: Sam and the Secrets of the Universe, Love From Mars, Tales from the 4th Dimension and The Wrong Rock. Her work producing the film version of The Wrong Rock won the team Best Animation and Best Short Film at festivals.

Festivals and Awards