Subject: Drew Lightfoot

August 22, 1978

Animator and music video director/ Director Bio Summary:
From British Columbia, Canada. Born in the woods and was raised in the city according to his website. Lives in Parkdale, Toronto now.

Early Life/Family:
Played with Legos as a kid and wanted to give them life, so he started messing around with stop motion at age 12. Wanted to be Jimmy from the comic book “Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth”.


Career Outline:
Animator Fox Studios 1999-2001 (2 years)

The PJs Muppet twiddler Will Vinton Studios (now Laika) 2001 (1 year)

Director Head Gear Animation 2000 – 2006 (6 years)

Lead Animator Warner Bros. Studios 2004 – 2006 (2 years)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride Director

Soft Citizen, Paranoid, Bubbles Film Berlin, Revolver Films January 2006 – Present (13 years 11 months)

Director Bubbles Film 2010 – Present (4 years)

Director Passion Pictures 2010 – Present (4 years)

Animator The Walt Disney Company 2011 – 2011 (less than a year)

Tim Burton's Frankenweenie Director Spotless Film 2012 – Present (2 years)

Director Someplace Nice 2013 – Present (1 year)

Comments on Style:
Started off as a stop motion animator using puppets. Now he uses live action and everyday objects to animate

Corpse bride influenced him to more live action work

Understands that animation is a lot of work but likes it as a creative outlet. From the interview I found online, he seems like a hard worker and that a lot of work falls into his lap as a result. He mentioned that he likes to lay in his hammock when trying to relax. He also talked a lot about his love for Parkdale, Toronto (even though he’s not form there originally). Despite working on so many projects, the fact that he personally answers his phone shows that he above it all

Talked about his work on music videos and how he likes to combine animation and live action

He has directed commercials for clients including Apple, Bud Light, Ikea, M&Ms, MTV Canada, Sony, and Target.

PJs (animator)
Corpse Bride (lead animator)
Frankenweenie (animator)

Music Videos:
k-os (director)
Kate Havnevik (director)
The Raconteurs (director)
Matt Mays and El Torpedo (director)
Constantines (director)
Guster (director)
In-Flight Safety (director)
Moufette (director)
The Cure (director)

-Best Direction in the Adult Contemporary genre at the MVPA Awards in Los Angeles in 2008 for his video for Kate Havnevik's "Unlike Me"
-Special Jury Award at the SXSW Film Festival in 2007 for his animated/Super-8 video for Constantines "Working Full Time”
- MVPA Award in 2007 for Best Animated Video for Guster's "One Man Wrecking Machine"
-received 2 additional MVPA nominations: Directorial Debut and Best Video Produced for Under $25,000
-nominated for a Juno Award in the Video of the Year category in 2007, for directing In-Flight Safety's "Coast Is Clear" video
-3 MMVA nominations in 2007
-2 for his video for In-Flight Safety's "Coast is Clear" for Best Post-Production and Best Independent Video
-1 for his video for k-os' "Sunday Morning" for Best Pop Video

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Contributors to This Listing:
Emily Oetzell

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