Mark is a three time Emmy Award winning Director (The Simpsons).
Multi Award winning Filmmaker, Writer/Director/ Antique movie camera collector and cinematographer.
At 17 he entered The Experimental Animation Program at Cal Arts where he learned from Golden Age Animation Masters that include
Filmmaker and revolutionary animator, Jules Engel talks about getting to know Walt Disney and reflects on the studio’s working atmosphere.
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On the left, Frank Thomas chomping on Mickey. On the Right Ollie.
Part 1 of a great 3 part bio on Ollie in fact the entire Disney Family Album series is fantastic!
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If that wasn’t awesome enough, he and classmate Richard Jeffries created an animated film set to the EPIC David Bowie song “Fame” which won the Student Academy Award for Animation! They were the first Cal Arts students to have done so! Is it any wonder?
Mark began his professional animation career doing layout as Moe Gollub’s assistant at Hanna Barbera Studios while at the same time finishing his studies at Cal Arts! Mark worked on many of the Saturday Morning Cartoons yours truly grew up with! Shows like Scooby Doo, The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, Challenge of the SuperFriends, and Godzilla! As a result of working on so many different kinds of shows Mark became an ace at drawing in many different styles. This a very valuable skill in the animation business.
In 1990 he joined the Simpsons during season two, and currently holds the record for directing the most episodes. As of the recording of the interview Mark was well into directing his 69th Episode of the Simpsons! He’s won three Emmy s for his exceptional work on the Simpsons episodes:
Behind the Laughter
Three Gays of the Condo
Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind
Check out some more of Mark’s work at his Vimeo Channel!
Mark and Al Jean will be receiving the Pioneer In Television Animation Award at the Burbank International Film Festival Gala this Sept. 18th.
The fest will run from Sept. 14-18 in Burbank Town Center.
Enjoy the podcast!
A last bit of news folks!
The Casita Del Pueblo Gallery is proud to present….
A Solo Art Exhibition
Featuring the Fine Artworks of Artist, Animator, Writer, and Director
Raul Aguirre Jr.
The entire exhibition consists of vibrant drawings sketches paintings that celebrate the grace and beauty of women.
Raul has said that the reason he especially likes to draw and paint women is because they hold the answers to everything.
He cites his lovely and vivacious wife Horetencia as his main source of inspiration
Everyone is invited!
Saturday July 30th 2011
6:00 to 10:00 Pm
6738 Greenleaf Avenue Whittier CA 90601
562 693 2844