Mark graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth (1999), and completed his formal animation studies at the Royal College of Art (2001). Since then he has lived in Paris and London working as a commercial animator; an independent animation director on an Arts Council England funded animation ‘Alphabetic – The A-Z of Birth’ (2006); fashion illustrator; brand development artist; and is author of the book ‘Animation in Context – A Practical Guide to Theory and Making’, published by Bloomsbury (2016).
Mark was a Senior Lecturer in Animation at the Arts University Bournemouth from 2004-2006. Since then he has established and run undergraduate and post graduate animation courses at the University of Bedfordshire (2006-2013), and at the Cass, London Metropolitan University (2013-2018). He returned to the Arts University Bournemouth in 2018, where he is responsible for teaching animation production research & development, and is developing interdisciplinary research and knowledge transfer initiatives.
Mark’s research is founded on exploring how to apply cultural theory in film and animation, in the broader context of art and design, to the research and development of storytelling in independent and commercial animation production. He consolidated the pedagogic aspect of this research with his book ‘Animation in Context – A Practical Guide to Theory and Making’, published by Bloomsbury (2016). The book contains case studies that include a number of lecturers and animation alumni from the Arts University Bournemouth.
Mark’s subsequent interdisciplinary research has focused on how to apply cultural theory and practice from film and animation to the development of innovations in design thinking in Architecture, and also Biomedical Science. Outcomes have included him curating a symposium-exhibition ‘Narrative Contexts in Animation in Architecture’, in association with The London International Animation Festival (2016); conducting animation-architecture fieldwork involving stop motion and projection mapping in Calabro, Italy (2018); and presenting findings at the Architecture Media Politics Society conference ‘Moving Images – Static Spaces’ in Istanbul (2018).
Mark is second supervisor for a PhD Film Thesis at the Cass, London Metropolitan University.