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Andrew Adamson

Andrew Adamson returns to the land of Narnia after directing and co-writing the extraordinarily successful "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" with THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN. He has quickly made a name for himself as a forerunner in the art of directing and producing visual effects, as well as a unique skill for writing fantasy and adventure, creating films that appeal to filmgoers of all ages and is taking his next turn on a similarly epic story.

Based on the second novel in C.S. Lewis' children's fantasy franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia, PRINCE CASPIAN is the second film from the Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media series. In this film, the Pevensie siblings are pulled back into the land of Narnia, where 1,000 years have passed since they left. The children are once again enlisted to join the colorful creatures of Narnia in combating an evil villain who prevents the rightful prince from ruling the land. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 16, 2008.

Adamson's directorial debut with 2001's Shrek made history winning the first Academy Award ever presented for Best Animated Feature. Three years later, he followed up that incredible success with the triumphant sequel, Shrek 2, a film he both directed and co-wrote the screenplay for. Shrek 2 went on to become the highest-earning animated feature film to date in Hollywood. It earned Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Feature and for Best Original Song.

Following those great accomplishments, Adamson directed and co-wrote his first liveaction feature, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which, in addition to its commercial success, won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and collected two additional nominations for Visual Effects and Sound. Most recently, he served as executive producer on Shrek the Third.

Adamson began his career in computer graphics 20 years ago in his native New Zealand, working as a computer animator and a design director and animator. He first joined PDI/DreamWorks (formerly Pacific Design Graphics) in 1991 as a visual effects supervisor on films including Angels in the Outfield and Double Dragon. He has also worked on the visual effects for such films as True Lies, Heart and Souls and Barry Levinson's Toys. Adamson served as a key member of PDI/DreamWorks' commercial division on numerous award-winning spots, including Converse's Planet Kevin, Dow's Scrubbing Bubbles Greatest Show and Miller Genuine Draft's Juke Box. Apart from PDI/DreamWorks, Adamson's work as a visual effects supervisor includes the features Batman Forever, A Time to Kill and Batman & Robin.

Additional honors include an Annie (Achievements in Animation) and BAFTA Children's Award for Shrek, a Grammy nomination for Shrek 2 and two nominations for the Cannes Film Festival's Palme D'Or for both Shrek features.

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Andrew Adamson Facts

OccupationDirector, Screenwriter, Animator
BirthdayDecember 1, 1966 (57)
BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand

Selected Filmography

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe
Shrek 2
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away
Cirque Du Soleil
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