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Represented
  • Worldwide
Director

Drew Lightfoot

Drew’s work marries the endless possibilities of animation with the human elements of live action.

The Canadian craftsman, director and animator has experience working across commercials, music videos, TV shows and feature films, giving him a unique and fresh perspective in his approach to each project.

Starting animation at the age of 10 with LEGO bricks in the basement, Drew’s early interest led him to clay animation and an internship at the age of 13 at a small animation studio. His career in stop motion kicked off at 17 when he flew to New Zealand to work on an animated TV show before moving on to commercials in Australia, Canada and the US.

After studying classical animation and dipping his toe into directing, Drew was hired as Lead Animator on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride in London. This led to Animation Directing work for UK directors Dougal Wilson, Frank Budgen and Johnny Green on some major campaigns including Big Yellow Tide and Sony Bravia Play-Doh Bunnies, which both won pencils at D&AD.

Following these high-profile endeavours, Drew naturally migrated to directing himself, helming commercials for the likes of Volkswagen, PlayStation, Orange, Bud Light, Toyota, Maynards and Virgin Mobile, as well as a wide range of music videos. This is where the passion for live action and the craft of animation merged together – marrying the endless possibilities of animation with the human elements of live-action. His approach is to never execute the same visual twice, and he is constantly experimenting and dabbling in new technologies.

  • Site Specific

    SESQUI
    Drew Lightfoot

    Teaser trailer for a revolutionary 360-degree cinematic experience touring across Canada in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The 22-minute, non-narrative film directed by Drew Lightfoot shows viewers urban and natural...
  • Commercial

    Yakult
    Drew Lightfoot

    Drew introduced an adorable, fluffy stomach puppet for a 'True Love' montage to show that probiotic milk drink Yakult is your digestive system's best friend.
  • Commercial

    Toyota
    Drew Lightfoot

    People and cars flicker past in a fleeting time-lapse that highlights the fast pace of city life, in contrast with the smooth movement of the RAV4, reminding the viewer that no matter how busy life gets,...