Andrew Adamson

Andrew Adamson

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Andrew Ralph Adamson MNZM (born December 1, 1966) is a New Zealand film director based mainly in Los Angeles, California, U.S., where he made the blockbuster animation films, "Shrek" and "Shrek 2" for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He was director, executive producer, and scriptwriter for C. S. Lewis' "". Shooting took place in New Zealand, primarily in and around Auckland, but also in South Island where much of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy was filmed. He also worked on the movies "Batman Forever" and "Batman & Robin" as a visual effects supervisor.

He was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Personal life

Adamson's parents were Christian missionaries. Born in New Zealand, Adamson moved to Papua New Guinea with his parents aged eleven, and he returned to Auckland aged eighteen. When twenty-four, he moved to San Francisco, and divided time between there and Los Angeles. Since making the "Narnia" films, he has settled back in New Zealand. Adamson has two daughters. [cite news | author = Mark Moring | title = The Weight of Story | publisher = Christianity Today | date = 2008-05-06 | url = | accessdate=2008-05-07]


Adamson wanted to be an architect, but missed a university enrollment deadline because of a car accident. [cite news | author = Joe Strike | title = Adamson Gets Animated About Narnia and VFX In 1991 | publisher = VFXWorld | date = 2008-05-17 | url = | accessdate=2008-05-17] Andrew Adamson was recruited by Pacific Data Images to go to work in the USA. The company opened an office in the California city of Los Angeles. There he served as a technical director in the following movies: "Toys (1992)", starring Robin Williams, and "Angels in the Outfield" (1994), starring Danny Glover. Previously Andrew specialised in commercials but preferred the idea of telling a story in longer format. Andrew served as visual effects supervisor in the 1995 film "Batman Forever", "A Time to Kill" (1996), and "Batman & Robin" (1997).

Shrek series

Andrew Adamson directed "Shrek" (the first in the series) with a moderate budget of US$60 million in 2001. However the film became a worldwide success taking in nearly $500 million in the box office. The film grossed US$42,347,760 in the opening week-end. It grossed US$267,665,011 in USA and Canada and foreign totals of US$216,744,207 for a worldwide total of US$484,409,218. The film featured famous Hollywood actors such as Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz.

The next film in the series "Shrek 2" (2004) had a big Hollywood budget of around US$150 million and was even a bigger success than the first film taking in more than $900 million worldwide. The film opened at US$108,037,878, one of the highest openings ever. In the USA and Canada the film went on to gross US$441,226,247 and a foreign total off US$478,612,511 for a worldwide total of US$919,838,758. The film is currently the ninth top grossing worldwide film ever according to website box office tracker Box Office Mojo Andrew not only directed this film but also wrote the story. However the next film in the series "Shrek The Third", Andrew Adamson had no participation as he had been contracted by Disney to work on . Instead the film was co-directed by Chris Miller and Raman Hui while Adamson served as executive producer. The script of the film was written by J. David Stem and Joe Stillman. The third film was still very successful taking in more than $795 million worldwide with a budget of no more than US$ 160 million.

The Chronicles of Narnia

Adamson achieved commercial success and gained worldwide attention when he co-produced, co-wrote and directed "". The film is based on the book by C.S. Lewis of the same name and won various awards, gained critical praise and was a box office success becoming the third highest grossing film worldwide of 2005 according to Box Office Mojo. The film opened in the US and Canada with totals of higher than US$65million and the film ended up with a world-wide gross of US$744,783,957 with a budget of US$180million according to Box Office Mojo. [] ]

He returned as director to the next Narnia film: "" which has a worldwide release in May 2008. However, he will not direct the next film in the franchise, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", because he feels a need to take a break. Michael Apted, director of "Amazing Grace", has taken over the series and will direct "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader".


Andrew Adamson has directed films which have won the following Major Film Awards (film order by date of release); Reference from IMDB

Shrek (2001)

* "74th Academy Awards" = Shrek won Best Animated Feature Film
* "British Academy Awards" = Shrek won 'Best Adapted Screenplay
* "L.A. Film Critics Association" = Shrek won Best Animation
* "National Board of Review" = Shrek won Best Animated Feature

Shrek 2 (2004)

* "BAFTA Awards" = Shrek 2 won Kids Choice
* "Holiday Film Award" = Shrek 2 won Animation of the Year
* "People's Choice Awards, USA" = Shrek 2 won Favorite Animated Movie, Favorite Animated Movie Star, Favorite Movie Comedy, Favorite Movie Villain and Favorite Sequel

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

*"Oscar" = The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe won Best Achievement in Makeup
*"Saturn Award" = The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe won Best Costume, Best Makeup and Best DVD Special Edition Release
*"BAFTA Film Award" = The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe won Best Makeup/Hair
*"CRITICS Choice Award" = The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe won Best Family Film(Live Action)


See also

* New Zealand Film Makers
* Film directors
* DreamWorks SKG
* New Zealand cinema
* Walt Disney Company
* Buena Vista Pictures


External links


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