Mark Gravas

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Mark Gravas
Born (1966-09-29) September 29, 1966 (age 47)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Director
Writer
animator
Years active 1987–present
Known for Yakkity Yak
CJ the DJ
Spouse(s) Sandra Walters

Mark Gravas (born September 29, 1966) is an Australian animator, director and producer.He is best known as the creator/director of Yakkity Yak (2002/2003), an Australian/Canadian/American co-production. Mark co-owns Sydney based media production company Kapow Pictures[1] with his partner Sandra Walters.[2]

Mark Gravas directed the 2005 animated film Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie, He also designed and directed the 2006 Cartoon Network production of Casper's Scare School.[3] Gravas also co-owns the creative company Kapow Pictures, based in Sydney, Australia.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Mark has lived in Sydney Australia for most of his life. He left school at the end of year 10 and studied fine art, and later graphic design at Randwick Tafe.[5] He traveled to London in his 20s and worked at various animation studios. He met his partner Sandra Walters in London. He directed a short film for Nickelodeon Ego from Mars[6] in 1999 and also worked with Bradley Trevor Grieve BTG[7] on Agent Green.[8] He went on to create and direct the short film Show and Tell[9] in 2001 which won a AACTA Award[10] for best animated short in 2002. Mark created, designed and directed Yakkity Yak[11] a 52 x 11 mins children's TV series for MTV Networks International[12] in 2003. He designed and directed Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie[13] in 2005 and Casper's Scare School[14] in 2006. He co-created (and designed and directed) CJ the DJ[15] with Stu Connolly, a 52 x 11 mins children's TV series shown on ABC 3[16] in 2009. Mark has also designed and directed music videos including Everyone Seems to be Out to Get You[17] selected for Annecy Animation Festival[18] and Tickle[19] shown at Pictoplasma Berlin 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://kapowpictures.com/
  2. ^ Yakkity Yak
  3. ^ School in Session for Casper
  4. ^ Distance no barrier to making characters heard
  5. ^ http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/randwick/about-randwick-college#.Ug3Kp4XSHS4
  6. ^ List of Nickelodeon short films#Ego From Mars
  7. ^ Bradley Trevor Greive
  8. ^ Bradley Trevor Greive
  9. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL6nWXcGhK4
  10. ^ AACTA Award for Best Short Animation
  11. ^ Yakkity Yak
  12. ^ http://www.imdb.com/list/CoiAcE0zilY/
  13. ^ http://www.petercottontailmovie.com/
  14. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0884322/
  15. ^ http://www.australiantelevision.net/cj-the-dj/
  16. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/abc3/shows/5667.htm
  17. ^ http://www.annecy.org/annecy-2013/festival/official-selection/film-index:f20120909
  18. ^ http://blog.artsthread.com/2012/05/annecy-2012-international-animation-film-festival/ 2012
  19. ^ http://berlin2013.festival.pictoplasma.com/screenings/rhythm

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