Moderator | Story Artist
Mark Simon has 35+ years in the entertainment industry known as the Godfather of Storyboards and owner of Storyboards & Animatics, Inc, as well as a producer and director for live action and animation, and amassing over 6,000 production credits. Recent credits include more than 60 movies like Alien Xmas for Netflix, Woody Woodpecker, Doom: Annihilation and Chucky 7 for Universal and tv series like Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Dexter, Snowfall, Woody Woodpecker and Black Lightning.
He is the animation producer for Universal’s How High 2 and the Little Rascals movies and Fox’s Tooth Fairy 2 feature.
He has also worked on numerous puppet productions like Cult of Chucky, seaQuest DSV (the dolphin), Alien Xmas on Netflix, The Walking Dead (zombies), Creepshow, Dooley & Pals, Food Fighters commercials for Mattel and many others.
His articles have been seen in Animation Magazine, Animation World Network, Cinefex, Filmmaker Magazine, Moviemaker Magazine and others.
He is also the author of 13 books including the best-selling Facial Expressions books, the bible of the storyboard industry, Storyboards: Motion In Art, 3rd Edition, the inspirational Start At The Top and his most recent, the memoir Attacked!, about when he was bullied and his family was attacked. He lectures around the world at major conferences, and universities.
Puppet Show Producer
Jeanne Pappas Simon has been a producer, writer, and content creator for the major TV networks and studios in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years.
She has produced more than 400 television series episodes such as Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All, Roundhouse, and puppet shows lik Weinerville, Gullah Gullah Island, and Allegra’s Window. Jeanne also created the format for International Blue’s Clues and produced the Cartoon Network’s first live-action series, Carrot Top’s A.M. Mayhem. She also was the writer/producer/director on TNN’s reality series Roller Jam, developed, pitched and produced ZigZag for Animal Planet, which aired for two seasons, and wrote for the ABC series Secrets of the Animal Kingdom.
Jeanne also developed an entire network for Ted Turner, including all of its programming.
Jeff Scheetz is the CEO of Monkey Chow Animation Studios in Orlando Florida. Founded in 2010 with his wife Anne Scheetz, Monkey Chow has created previsualization for theme park attractions, visual effects for movies and television. They recently turned their focus toward motion capture and digital puppeting and built a dedicated studio called Motion Capture Orlando. Last year Jeff and his crew spent four months in Atlanta providing optical motion capture for an upcoming Netflix feature called The Electric State starring Chirs Pratt and Millie Bobbie Brown.
Jeff’s career began at the pioneering CGI visual effects studio Foundation Imaging in Los Angeles. From 2000-2015 he and his wife Anne founded and operated The Digital Animation & Visual Effects School. Still in operation today, it’s also known as The DAVE School at Universal Studios Orlando. There they launched over a thousand successful careers and have graduates working at top studios around the world.
Resident Puppet Builder & Designer
Jason Hines joined the Center for Puppetry Arts’ as the Resident Puppet Builder in 2002. Since joining the team Jason has designed and built puppets for many Center productions such as; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, Stellaluna, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Pete the Cat, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Charlotte’s Web, Peter Pan, Anne Frank: Within and Without, Ruth and the Green Book, Duke Ellington’s Cat, The Little Pirate Mermaid, Cinderella Della Circus, Old MacDonald’s Farm, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Ugly Duckling. Jason is also the co-developer and performer in the Center’s acclaimed productions The Ghastly Dreadfuls and Avanti, Da Vinci! The Secret Adventures of Leonardo da Vinci.
Most recently, Jason wrote, designed, and directed the award-winning show Tesla vs. Edison.
In addition to his work at the Center, Jason has worked on several TV shows and films. He was a puppet captain on the BBC’s puppet TV series Moon and Me. He had the opportunity to be a robot puppeteer in the motion picture Escape Plan 2: Hades. He has designed and built puppets for Alton Brown’s Good Eats Reloaded and Adult Swim.
Around the Atlanta area, Jason recently designed and built puppets for The Atlanta Opera’s production of The Three Penny Opera. Regional theatres: Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre including The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and Fella, Shrek the Musical, Tuck Everlasting, James and the Giant Peach, and Knuffle Bunny, a Cautionary Tale. Kentucky’s Actors Theater production of Louisville Shipwrecked! Jason directed Clash Titan Clash, Scarlet’s Web and created the Super Villain Monologues in conjunction with Atlanta’s Dad’s Garage Theatre Company.In his spare time Jason is an avid puppet slam performer, is continually exploring 3D Printing and CNC routing, is a collector of movies, CD’s, Vinyl and books, loves soldering and electronics for modular synthesizers and building robots, building and collecting musical instruments. Recently, Jason has started flying lessons and is building an airplane of his own.
Actor | Writer | Producer
Matt “Lucky” Yates is an American actor, voice actor, puppeteer and comedian. He is known for his voice roles as Dr. Krieger on Archer and the Xtacles on Frisky Dingo. He was also a recurring actor on the Food Network series Good Eats.