Michal Makarewicz

Michal joined Spire Animation Studios as the Head of Character Animation December 2021. Previously Michal had been employed at Pixar Animation Studios since early 2003; and has worked on 14 feature film, 4 short films, and a variety of commercial projects. Michal has been honored by ASIFA with 2 Annie Awards for "Best Animation in a Feature Production" (Soul, Ratatouille) and a VES Nomination for his animation on Helen in Incredibles 2 as well as a Feature Animation nomination for the 75th annual 2020 Reuben Award for his work on Pixar's Soul. He has also been honored with a Scholarship in his name to the wonderful Vancouver Film School. He has been an animator on The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Brave, Soul, Inside Out, Onward, and Incredibles 2. Michal has been a Directing Animator on Cars 2 and Finding Dory. A Supervising Animator on the UP DVD short Dugs Special Mission and PIXAR's first half hour special; Toy Story of Terror. Michal Directed the Disney + shorts Dory Finds and Dory's Reef Cam. Most recently Michal finished working as an animator on Pixar's 2020 feature Soul, and their 2021 feature Lightyear.

Participant Schedule

Sunday 10/16


Feature Film Polish for Animation

Sunday 10/16 10:10AM - 11:10AM Room 207

Michal Makarewicz

This lecture will detail Michal’s approach to Polish for feature film.


Animation Performance Demo

Sunday 10/16 12:30PM - 1:30PM Demo Area 1 - HALL C

Michal Makarewicz

This will be a live demonstration in Maya Detailing how Michal animates for performance.