SVP, Software Development & Systems Engineering
Michael Ford serves as SVP, Software Development and Systems Engineering at Sony Pictures Imageworks. Drawing on his extensive VFX and animated feature production experience, he oversees the studio’s technology development and technical infrastructure.
Previously, Ford served as visual effects supervisor of the box office hit HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION and SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE for Sony Pictures Animation. He also worked on Columbia Pictures' CONCUSSION.
While at Imageworks, Ford served as CG supervisor on STORKS for Warner Animation Group, Sony Pictures Animation’s HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 1 & 2.
Ford’s Imageworks credits also include the Academy Award®-nominated film SURF’S UP and OPEN SEASON. He has been nominated for four Visual Effects Society Awards.
Prior to joining Imageworks, Ford has worked on numerous feature films at Industrial Light and Magic and Centropolis FX including THE MUMMY, THE PERFECT STORM and GODZILLA.
Ford is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Name your three favorite movies:
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BLADE RUNNER (original) and CADDYSHACK
What is your proudest achievement while working at Imageworks?
Taking part in building memorable characters and bringing them to life.
What inspired you to becoming involved in making movies?
Watching STAR WARS for the first time made me realize that you could actually have a career making cool stuff fly around and blow up on the big screen. I fell in love with the idea of creating new worlds and telling amazing stories with art and technology.