Mike L. Murphy

Mike L. Murphy
Mike L. Murphy
Born Michael L. Murphy
January 29, 1975(1975-01-29)
Los Gatos, California, USA
Nationality American
Other names Mike Murphy
Occupation Film maker
Animation director
Digital artist
Previsualization designer
Home town Los Gatos, California

Mike L. Murphy (born January 29, 1975 in Los Gatos, California) is an American film maker, animation director, animator, and previsualization designer in film and television.[1][2]



Murphy grew up in Los Gatos, California and left high school a year early after getting a tour of Walt Disney Feature Animation studios while they were making Aladdin. He subsequently attended California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. He also redesigned Mrs. Butterworth and directed her animation.[3][4]


Murphy's first film as director was his 2004 Night of the Brocolli, about a man whose dinner vegetables exact a revenge.[5] This was followed by his 2005 film Get Lost, and then by his 2006 film Rose, which premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, and won 1st place for cinematography.[6] His works include the films Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Iron Man.[7] In 2010 he directed the animated sequences for 20th Century Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid.[8] In 2011 he was the director and producer of the Young Storytellers Foundation "Bohemian Dream Party", a charity event to benefit arts education for Los Angeles based youth.[9]


As director/writer
  • Night of the Broccoli (2004)[5]
  • Get Lost (2005)[1]
  • Rose (2006)
As digital artist

Television Or Internet

As director

Video games


Awards & nominations


  1. ^ a b Brodesser, Claude (September 14, 2000). "Revolution finds Lost: Duo Barker and Murphy to create animated tale". Variety (variety.com). http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117786411.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&query=get+lost+revolution. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mike L. Murphy". The New York Times (movies.nytimes.com). http://movies.nytimes.com/person/1467686/Mike-L-Murphy/filmography. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "'Wimpy kid' now a force as a director". Business Week (businessweek.com). March 22, 2010. http://bx.businessweek.com/walt-disney-company/wimpy-kid-now-a-force-as-a-director/5436052215858312173-1bb62c72b97d7556a710c5c0b526e68f/. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wimpy kid now a force as a director". San Jose Mercury News' (Allvoices archive). March 22, 2010. http://www.allvoices.com/news/5457511/s/50610715--wimpy-kid-now-a-force-as-a-director. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Rosenblatt, John (January 11, 2008). "Talk to the Hand". Austin Chronicle (austinchronicle.com). http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid%3A580275. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "10th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival". Rhode Island International Film Festival. film-festival.org. http://www.film-festival.org/2006Festival.php. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Thinking animation: bridging the gap between 2D and CG (illustrated ed.). Thomson Course Technology. 2007. ISBN 1598632604. 
  8. ^ "Custom Film Effects Transports Diary of a Wimpy Kid". CG News (cgnews.com). March 23, 2010. http://www.cgnews.com/2010/03/custom-film-effects-transports-diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-to-big-screen/. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  9. ^ The Hollywood Interview (theHollywoodInterview.blogspot.com). http://thehollywoodinterview.blogspot.com/2011/03/green-fairies-and-stars-in-bohemian.html. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 

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