Mark is a creative powerhouse overseeing two companies that he built. Animatics & Storyboards, Inc. is now the largest storyboard house on the East Coast, having worked on over 3,000 productions, and A&S Animation, Inc. is character development and production animation house.
Mark is intimately involved in every project, from conception
to delivery (But please, dont tell his wife). His
diverse background as a director, producer, storyboard artist,
production designer, animator, cartoonist and overall nice guy
is unique and envied in the industry. (Theres even a contract
out on him, but let's not go there.) Mark is widely regarded as
one of the nation's leading storyboard artists and scholars. He
is the author of many animation articles for various industry
magazines (AWN.com, Animation Magazine, Film Maker Magazine, Create, Digital Content Creation, and
others) and three books for Focal Press:
Marks Storyboarding book is now being distributed in, and used by, universities around the world. He is a bleeding-heart advocate for artists rights and the importance of storyboards in filmmaking. Mark teaches storyboarding at the university level, and tours the world lecturing to anybody wholl listen.
To the right, Mark spent a week in Guadalajara, Mexico training a studio in the art of storyboarding. He is pictured with project director Rigo Mora, known as a production partner with Guillermo Del Toro.
For more information on Mark's lectures go to http://www.sellyourtvconceptnow.com/lectures-television-training/.
Marks been a production designer in film, TV, and animation; directed award-winning animations; was a syndicated cartoonist; and owned an award-winning advertising firm. He has directed award-winning animations such as Timmys Lessons in Nature, My Wife is Pregnant, Swinging Cinderella, and The Winkles. His design and illustration work have been seen on Fox's Tooth Fairy 2 starring Larry the Cable Guy, Disneys The Waterboy, Amblins seaQuest DSV (along with 2nd unit direction), many Nickelodeon series, and numerous comedy and science fiction series and feature films.
Mark began his professional career late in life, at
the age of 12, designing his own line of skateboards for Schwinn Bikes.
He then became the superintendent of his family's custom home building
business. After stints running a small advertising company, winning
design awards, publishing weekly cartoons in a Texas daily and collegiate
newspapers, publishing a magazine, winning even more design awards
and building custom homes -- while still in high school and college,
no less -- Mark graduated and moved to Los Angeles to work in the
film industry. He quickly rose through the ranks as a construction
coordinator, set designer, art director and eventually, storyboard
artist. In 1989, he and his wife, Jeanne, moved to Orlando to serve
such projects and clients as Nickelodeon, Amblin Entertainments
seaQuest DSV and the mouse guys. Mark has created and directed
numerous award-winning animations and has worked on some of the industries
biggest productions. His designs and illustrations can be seen in
Disneys The Waterboy, Amblins seaQuest DSV
and Universals McHales Navy, not to mention the
hit PBS series, Dragon Tales.
He also designed and directed the CG special effects and compositing on Foxs In Search Of... was the special effects supervisor for NBCs Miss Miami.
Mark travels the world lecturing on storyboarding and animation. You can also see his online training videos for the Toon Boom software Storyboard Pro at http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=storyboard+pro+mark+simon&aq=f
He is also co-founder of Sell Your TV Concept Now, Inc. which works with TV creators how to develop, package and pitch original TV concepts. Mark has landed over 25 deals on original productions and recently finalized distribution for the TV series Baldo, based on the hit comic strip of the same name.
Jeanne Pappas Simon
At Animatics & Storyboards, Inc. Jeanne applies the creative, writing, character design and production management skills honed from her experience as a producer for MTV, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, the mouse guys and many others.
Jeannes work as a producer, line producer and
unit manager for such shows as Nickelodeons Clarissa Explains
It All, Roundhouse, International Blues Blues, Gullah Gullah
Island, Allegras Window, Cartoon Networks Carrot
Tops A.M. Mayhem, and TNNs Roller Jam have
helped her earn a place as one of the most respected, "in-demand"
producers working in television today. Weinerville, which Jeanne
produced for Nickelodeon, was nominated for an Ace Award (the highest
achievement in the cable television industry). She also developed
a new Gen-X network for Ted Turner and Scott Sassa. Jeanne created
and wrote the award-winning animation The Winkles which won
two international awards. She also wrote the award-winning Swinging
Cinderella. She helped develop and produce the show, ZigZag
for the Animal Planet. She is currently writing on Timmys
Lessons In Nature for A&S Animation, and A Message From
God, which she developed for Raven Moon Entertainment. Like Mark,
Jeanne enjoys speaking and created a seminar for Women in Film on
film scheduling and budgeting."