Mark Simon worked in the entertainment industry for 19 years and has been a professional artist for over 25 years. His background includes live action and animation production, print, writing and teaching.
Mark currently owns two companies in Orlando, Florida, home of Disney World, one of his clients. Animatics & Storyboards, Inc., is a company which provides storyboards, illustrations, cartoons and comic book illustration to the entertainment and print industries. They are now the largest storyboard supplier in the Southern United States having provided support on over 1,800 productions, ranging from feature films to television series, live action, animation, commercials, industrials, books, magazines, newspapers and more. Their clients include Disney, Universal, Viacom, Sony, HBO, Nickelodeon, Steven Speilberg, Fox, USA Networks, ABC, AT&T, Yamaha, NASA, The American Cancer Society and many, many others.
His other company is A&S Animation, Inc., an animation consultation, development and production house. They specialise in character animation. A&S Animation, Inc. has produced animated shorts which have won nearly 40 international awards. They also animated Disney's iconic character, Tinker Bell, for the hugely successful Disney Cruise Line.
The series of animated shorts, Timmy's Lessons In Nature, which Mark developed, directed and produced, recently won Grand Prize in Nickelodeon's and Animation Magazine's first-ever Nicktoons Film Festival.
Mark is also the author of three entertainment industry texts. Producing Independent 2D Character Animation showcases every step of production of an independent hand-drawn animation. The book features the production of one of the company's popular Timmy's Lessons In Nature shorts. The text also contains research necessary for any animator and includes invaluable interviews with industry greats.
Storyboards: Motion In Art is a text used around the world to train storyboard artists and the recent Facial Expressions, is a photo reference guide for artists. Mark is also a regular contributor to Animation Magazine and on Animation World Network (www.AWN.com).
Prior to producing animation, Mark was an art director in live action film and TV in Los Angeles and Orlando. In Los Angeles Mark designed many feature films, music videos and commercials. He then became the second art director at the new Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando in 1989.
Mark has also done Second Unit directing for Nickelodeon and on Steven Speilberg's seaQuest DSV as well as working as a Special Effects Supervisor for NBC and Fox networks. He teaches at the Digital Animation and Visual Effects School at Universal Studios, and previously at the University of Central Florida and currently lectures around the world at major conferences, conventions and schools.
The depth of Mark's background allows him to help productions in many ways. He is more than just an artist. He helps productions function and helps them to be more creative.