Andrew Adamson, NZOM, began his career at Auckland computer animation company The Mouse that Roared. After moving to the States and working in visual effects, he won fame in 2001 after co-directing Shrek, the first film to win an Academy Award for best animated feature. Adamson has returned home to shoot the first two installments of the Chronicles of Narnia, followed by Lloyd Jones novel Mister Pip.

I think there’s an openness in New Zealand and a freedom, in the way I grew up anyway, that encouraged the openness of imagination. Andrew Adamson, in a 10 December 2005 Listener interview

Twenty One Points

2018, Executive Producer - Short Film

Mr Pip

2013, Writer, Producer, Director - Film

As a bitter civil war tears apart the lives of his students, an isolated English school teacher in Bougainville (House star Hugh Laurie) finds a unique way to create hope; 14-year-old Matilda (Xzannjah Matsi) is enthralled by his Charles Dickens-infused disaster survival lessons. The life during wartime tale was directed by Kiwi Andrew Adamson (Shrek), and adapted from the 2006 Booker Prize short-listed novel by Lloyd Jones. Adamson spent time in Papua New Guinea, as the teen son of missionary parents. Laurie and Matsi won best actor gongs at the 2013 Moa Awards.

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

2012, Director, Writer - Film

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

2010, Producer - Film

Shrek Forever After

2010, Executive Producer - Film

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

2008, Director, Writer, Producer - Film

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

2005, Director, Writer, Producer - Film

Shrek 2

2004, Director, Writer, Executive Producer - Film

From Len Lye to Gollum - New Zealand Animators

2004, Subject - Television

Presented by an animated pencil, but no less authoritative for it, From Len Lye to Gollum traces the history of Kiwi animation from birth in 1929, to the triumphs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The interviews and animated footage cover every base, from early pioneers (Len Lye, Disney import John Ewing) to the possibilities opened by computers (Weta Digital, Ian Taylor’s Animation Research). Along the way Euan Frizzell remembers the dog he found hardest to animate and the famous blue pencil; and Andrew Adamson speculates on how ignorance helped keep Shrek fresh.


2002, Special Effects - Film


2001, Director - Film

Batman and Robin

1997, Special Effects - Film

Batman Forever

1995, Special Effects - Film