Defeo began his career pursuing his passion for special effects and makeup, later making sophisticated stop-motion puppets for commercials, television, theatre and film. Parlaying this expertise into the world of feature animation, Defeo’s versatility and unique use of traditional and digital mediums give life to a wide array of characters, from teddy bears to creatures for the film Alien Resurrection.
As a complement to his commercial work, Defeo continues to create personal art in terra cotta, bronze and marble, combining his extensive expertise in state-of-the-art software with traditional materials and classical techniques, giving his work an increasingly deep range of expression and emotion.
Defeo’s additional credits include the upcoming Leaf Men, Rio and Hop, as well as Robots, Star Trek Insurrection, A Simple Wish and the Academy Award-winning short Bunny. http://michaeldefeo.com