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