In May of 2018, Mark Simon, president of Storyboards & Animatics, Inc., moved his studio to Atlanta to support the film incentive and all the productions in the state. In May of 2019, he celebrates 30 years of professional storyboarding for film and TV and now storyboards on the biggest series on cable, and Georgia production, The Walking Dead. (Contact info.)
“I have my dream job,” says Simon. “I get to draw every day and tell stories with the best production creatives in the industry. What’s not to love?”
Simon, also the author of the industry bible, Storyboards: Motion In Art, 3rd Edition, got his storyboarding start while working at HBO with OJ Simpson on the hit series 1st and 10.
“I introduced myself to the biggest storyboarding agency in Los Angeles, Storyboards, Inc. One of the agents told me all my samples were wrong. I went back with new samples every week until he booked me on a Honda job. Those samples helped me land a storyboarding gig on 1st & 10, where I was the set designer,” says Simon.
Simon was a production designer when he got the itch to storyboard. “I saw storyboards come across my desk and realized I missed drawing,” says Simon.
Simon has storyboarded on everything from feature films to TV series to commercials and video games. He’s worked with everyone from Steven Spielberg to Adam Sandler to Greg Nicotero. He now has nearly 5,000 production credits.
Nicotero is known for producing and directing The Walking Dead. But Simon knows him from a project they worked on together over 25 years ago…The Walking Dead. Funny coincidence, but the projects are very different. The 1992 The Walking Dead was a feature film about the black man’s experience in Vietnam.
Since moving to Georgia, Simon has shared his experience and knowledge with local talks at DragonCon, ASIFAC, Atlanta Film Festival, Walker Stalker, Microsoft Artist Spotlight, Atlanta ComicCon and the upcoming Senoia Dead Bash among others.
“I love the energy in Atlanta. The people and productions here are amazing. I look forward to many, many productive years here,” says Simon.
For more information visit his site.