'Shrek' pair directed to ShoWest fete
EmptyChris Miller and Raman Hui will be honored as animation directors of the year at ShoWest, the annual film industry convention that runs Mondaythrough March 15 at the Bally's and Paris hotels in Las Vegas.
Miller, who joined DreamWorks Animation in 1998 as a story artist on "Antz," makes his feature film directing debut with "Shrek the Third," the DWA sequel that Paramount Pictures will release May 18.
Hui, who joined PDI/DreamWorks in 1989 and first worked on commercials and short films, also is making his feature directorial debut with "Shrek the Third."
The directors will be presented with the award March 15 at the convention's closing-night ceremony.
After his work on "Antz," Miller served as story artist on "Shrek" while writing additional dialogue and providing the voice for the Magic Mirror and Geppetto. He served as head of story for "Shrek 2," which went on to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time. He also voiced Kowalski the Penguin in "Madagascar."
Miller also has worked on a wide array of features, commercials, videos and Internet projects, including a short for Steven Spielberg titled "Steven's Dream." His commercial work includes spots for Coca-Cola, Canon and Fila, for which he won a Clio Award for best animated commercial.
At PDI/DreamWorks, Hui served as lead character designer/supervising animator on "Antz," the studio's first full-length computer-animated feature film. He went on to serve as supervising animator on "Shrek" and "Shrek 2" as well as the theme park attraction "Shrek 4D." He also directed, wrote and produced the PDI/DreamWorks short film "Sleepy Guy."
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