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Mark Mason

Lecturer in Animation
School of Arts and Media

Animation Industry professional since 1985. 2D Animator, Directing Animator, Animation Series Director, Storyboard & Layout Artist, Character Designer, Illustrator, Script Editor and Visual Gag Writer. Specialist areas: Children’s TV Series & Specials, TV Commercials, Title Sequences and Character Licensing. Lecturing in Animation since 2014.

Teaching animation, visual narrative and film-making techniques and methods across BA and MA Animation courses at all levels.

Mark is a Traditional Hand-Drawn and Digital 2D Animator, Animation Director, Storyboard & Layout Artist, Character Designer and Illustrator, entering the British Animation Industry in 1985 after studying Typographic Design and Illustration. He is a Lecturer for the BA and MA Animation courses. His work in Childrens TV Series as Animator, Directing Animator, Storyboard Artist and Series Director include ‘The Raggy Dolls’, ‘The Forgotten Toys’, ‘William’s Wish Wellingtons’, ‘Angelmouse’, ‘Bounty Hamster’, ‘Snailsbury Tails’, ‘Philbert the Frog’ and ‘Muffin the Mule’. He has produced animation for many TV commercial clients including Morrisons, Park, British Gas, The York Dungeons, Chessington Theme Park, Marks & Spencer, Privilege Insurance, Payingtoomuch and ChillFactor-e. Mark was a Key Animator the Christmas specials ‘The Forgotten Toys’, ‘Second Star to the Left’, ‘So Many Santas’ and the Children’s BAFTA awarded ‘The First Snow of Winter’. In 2012 Mark successfully pitched the animated pre-school sign language concept ‘Tiny Tumble’ to the BBC. Illustration commissions have included campaigns for Shop Direct/Woolworths, numerous submissions for BBC childrens magazines Playbox, Playbox Puzzles and Kathy Lette’s book, ‘Girl Talk – In the Pink’.

  • MA (Distinction) Animation, University of Central Lancashire, 2016
  • Toon Boom Harmony 17 Premium Professional Certification
  • Musical Timing Methods in Golden Era Hollywood Cartoons
  • Comic Visual Narrative Cinematography
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints and Zen Brush Paintings
  • Mark continues to produce animation and illustration work around his lecturing commitments.