After amassing an impressive array of feature credits as storyboard artist, character designer, and sequence director over the past decade, Chris Butler makes his writing and directing debut with ParaNorman. A native of the UK, Chris joined LAIKA to work on the Henry Selick—directed Coraline, serving as head of story as well as a character designer. He received an Annie Award nomination for his story work on the movie and was recognized by Variety as one of animation's top up-and-coming talents. Mr. Butler's career encompasses feature and television animation, and has included storyboard and design work on The Tale of Despereaux, Corpse Bride, and numerous projects for Disney Studios. He has delivered lectures on the subject of storyboarding.