Location: San Francisco, CA
Mickael "Miko" Coedel has been making creatures move around in his imagination since his days as a young boy living in the countryside in France. Without a local movie theater, Miko watched movies in his mind's eye, recreating them from the synopses and stills he saw in his mother's movie magazine.
At the age of 24, after attending the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Quimper and Rennes, France, where he followed up his 1996 Bachelor's degree in Fine Art with a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design in 1998, Mickael moved to San Francisco, California (where he still lives), where he was able to throw himself fully into the character animation and visual effects industry, and all around production of things that go "Blooey!"
Starting at Giant Killer Robots in 2000 and with subsequent time at Tippett Studio, Mickael worked as a Graphic Designer, 3D Modeler, Lighter, Concept Artist. He eventually reached the perfect position to follow his passion by becoming a full time Character Animator in 2006.
After taking a sabbatical to complete a year long trip around the world in 2008, Mickael started working at Industrial Light and Magic, where he has been an Animator/lead animator since 2009.
His filmography includes Kong: Skull Island, Avengers, Transformers, Rango, Happy Feet, Pacific Rim and Star Wars: Episodes 7 and 8.
One of Miko's greatest wishes came true in 2016 when he got to animate King Kong brawling with a giant man-eating dinolizard.
From 2011 to 2013, looking to fulfill his love for performance animation, Mickael supervised the animation of charmingly humanized robot characters (created by Belgium artist Stephane Halleux) in the independent animated short film Mr HUBLOT, directed by Laurent Witz.
Mr HUBLOT went on to win the 2014 Academy Award for Best Animated Short film, justifying the late nights and weekend hours of careful attention which brought Mr. Hublot to life.
In 2015, he supervised the Animation and co-produced the live action horror short film QUENOTTES (Pearlies), directed by Pascal Thiebaux and produced by Laurent Witz. The short was selected to run in over 86 film festivals world wide and won 34 prizes, including the Melies d'argent for Best European Horror Short Film.
On February 6, 2016, Mickael was honored with an ANNIE AWARD NOMINATION for Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production for his work on THE HULK in MARVEL'S AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.
In 2017 Mickael and Laurent Witz collaborated again on the promotional Animated Short Film COGS, which won the Bronze Award For Film Direction and Bronze Award for Film Animation at the renowned CLIO Awards in New York.
Currently, when he is not figuring out how to give life to another imaginary creature, Miko and his wife Hana enjoy life while watching their two young daughters demonstrate the latest in great monster moves.