Animation director Mark Simon has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years and has been a professional artist for over 30 years.
His background includes live action and animation production, print, writing and teaching.
Mr. Simon currently own three
companies located in Orlando, Florida, home of Disney World, one of his clients.
Sell Your TV Concept Now, Inc. helps
people to sell their TV ideas by showing them how to develop, package and
pitch concepts the way Hollywood wants to
Animatics & Storyboards, Inc., is a company which provides
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 2,700 productions, ranging from feature films to television series, live action, animation,
industrials, books, magazines, newspapers and more. Their clients include Disney, Universal, Viacom, Sony,
Steven Spielberg, 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 specialize in
character animation. A&S Animation, Inc. has produced animated shorts which have won over 70 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 Simon developed, directed and produced, won
Grand Prize in Nickelodeon’s first-ever Nicktoons Film Festival.
Mr. Simon is also the author of ten entertainment industry texts. Producing Independent 2D Character Animation showcases every
step of production of an independent hand-drawn animation. This book features the production of one of our popular Timmy’s Lessons
In Nature shorts. The text also contains research necessary for any animator and includes invaluable interviews with industry greats.
His text Storyboards: Motion In Art, a text used around the world to train storyboard artists and the recent Facial Expressions, is the
best-selling photo reference guide for artists.
||Each month readers may also see Mr. Simon’s articles in 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, CA and Orlando, FL.
While in Los Angeles, he designed many feature films, music videos and commercials. He then became the second art director at the new
Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, FL in 1989.
He has also done Second Unit directing for Nickelodeon and on Steven Spielberg’s seaQuest DSV as well as working as a
Special Effects Supervisor for NBC and Fox networks. Mr. Simon has taught at the Digital Animation and Visual Effects School located at Universal Studios, and previously at the University of Central Florida. He currently lectures around the world at major conferences, conventions and schools.
A&S Animation, Inc.
marksimonbooks (at) yahoo.com
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