“Being a good artist does not make you a good storyboard artist. Drawing a pretty picture does not necessarily make motion sense. Being able to carry a story visually is totally different than drawing a realistic Apple. Its getting the idea across, more than the art itself which makes a storyboard successful..”
And speaking of success, almost 24 years later the originator of the above quote went on to apply this philosophy to a body of work so significant he is now considered the Godfather of Storyboarding.
Mark Simon may be notable for his current duties on The Walking Dead for AMC, but ask him what his favourite assignment was from the 4,500 productions he is credited with and he maintains it was one of his first, an ambitious Sci-Fi TV show produced by Steven Spielberg.
Indeed the young artist’s enthusiasm is evident in the superb piece by Bill Wilson taken from the pages of Starlog Science-Fiction Explorer circa 1995, where its clear that, while enjoying the creative freedom that can only be provided by a fantastical theme, there is much more to storytelling than mere imagery. This became the basis of his first book Storyboards: Motion In Art and culminating in his own company Storyboards and Animatics. Inc.
Although referred to as ‘storyboard artist’ for SeaQuest DSV’s second season, his formidable experience accrued already in the field meant his collaboration with Production Designer Vaughn Edwards went beyond sequential art into concept illustration and eventually, second-unit direction (on the episode ‘Playtime’.) and would leave a legacy of illustrations for the show that still resonate today.
So it is with considerable pleasure that the SeaQuest Vault smashes the champagne bottle on the Mark Simon Portfolio – a permanent page not only featuring galleries of his work but a world-exclusive all-new audio interview where we catch up with Mark himself as he recalls his experiences on the show. His candid recollections are in turn fascinating, insightful and surprisingly poignant. Be sure to read the above interview carefully and then jump to over two decades later here – its essential listening for ‘Questie’s and sci-fi fans alike..!