About Mark Simon
Mark Simon has worked in the entertainment industry for 30 years and has been a professional artist for over 40 years. His background includes live-action and animation production, print, writing and teaching.
He was also bullied in high school. That’s the subject of his memoir, Attacked! After brutal attacks on his entire family, he became the first person in the country to hold parents responsible for the actions of their kids in a court of law.
He now owns Storyboards & Animatics, Inc., based in Atlanta, 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 worked on over 5,000 productions, ranging from feature films to television series, live action, animation, commercials, industrials, books, magazines, newspapers and more. Their clients include Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Council of Dads, Black Lightning, Dynasty, Woody Woodpecker, Disney, Universal, Viacom, Sony, HBO, Nickelodeon, Steven Spielberg, Fox, USA Networks, ABC, AT&T, Yamaha, NASA, and many, many others.
Mark also co-founded www.SellYourTvConceptNow.com with his producer wife, Jeanne. They help people to develop, package and pitch their TV concepts.
Mark’s animated shorts have won over 200 international awards. He 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 he developed (along with Travis Blaise and Jeanne Simon), directed and produced, and won Grand Prize in Nickelodeon’s and Animation Magazine’s first-ever Nicktoons Film Festival.
Mark is the author of 12 entertainment industry texts and his latest memoir novel.
His book Storyboards: Motion In Art, 3rd Edition, is used around the world to train storyboard artists.
Facial Expressions is a photo reference guide for artists of all disciplines.
Prior to storyboarding and producing, he 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.
Mark has also Second Unit directed for Nickelodeon and on Steven Speilberg’s seaQuest DSV as well as working as a Special Effects Supervisor for NBC and Fox networks.
Mark currently storyboards on Stranger Things, Black Lightning and The Walking Dead and lectures around the world at major conferences, conventions and schools.