Creative Director, Story and Animation, Spire Studios
Michael recently was a Story artist on the Oscar nominated “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” the critically acclaimed conclusion of the trilogy. Surrey, in his 10 years at DreamWorks, has also storyboarded on the studio's film "Boss Baby" and multiple films in development, along with animating on the film "The Croods.” Previously, Surrey spent 18 years at Walt Disney Animation where he worked on a number of the studio's films as a Supervising Animator including "Princess and the Frog," "Home on the Range," “Atlantis," “Tarzan," "Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and "The Lion King." He also contributed to other films as an animator and story artist including “Tangled" (animation/ story), “Aladdin," and "Beauty and the Beast" (animation).
In 1995, he was nominated for an Annie Award for his work in animation on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Surrey, before beginning his animation career, was pursuing his BFA at New York Institute of Technology and is also a graduate from Sheridan College where he studied animation. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).