Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley in the late 60’s, Mark Andrews has been drawing since he was three. In school, he would draw in the back of classrooms, and grew up watching Japanese animated television shows such as Kimba, Speed Racer, and G-Force. After moving to the Santa Ynez Valley in high school, he split his time between movie theaters and the Santa Ynez Mountains.
After high school, Mark had plans to go into the military, but a friend encouraged him to do something with his artistic ability. While studying art at local colleges, a teacher told him about the character animation program at the California Institute of the Arts. Mark was encouraged to hear that there was a school that taught one to become an animator, and knew immediately he needed to be there.
Mark began the character animation program at CalArts in 1989. For Mark, CalArts was a ‘mind-opening’ experience. He enjoyed being in an environment surrounded by fellow artists, and participated in a couple of the school’s stage productions as well.
In his fourth year, while on an internship at Disney Animation, Mark realized he wanted to be a storyboard artist, because it touched ‘all parts of the process.’ He enjoyed being the ‘architect,’ as opposed to being the ‘carpenter’ building the individual ‘braces and joints of the building.’
After CalArts, Mark worked at Chuck Jones Film Productions before being hired on as a storyboard artist at Warner Bros Animation. It was there that he became infamous for his high-energy story pitches and bold approach to drawing storyboards. He drew the attention of his mentor and friend Brad Bird while working on Bird’s The Iron Giant. It was this relationship that Brad and Mark fused while working together on The Iron Giant that led Mark to Pixar in 2000.
Mark was head of story for The Incredibles and soon after co-directed the short One Man Band with effects animator Andrew Jimenez. The short appeared in front of Cars and was nominated for Best Animated Short at the 2006 Oscars. After One Man Band, he moved on to become story supervisor on Ratatouille. The film received the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2008 Oscars. Mark also helped out on both Cars and Toy Story 3 contributing as a story artist.
In 2012, he and fellow Pixar director Andrew Stanton co-wrote Stanton’s John Carter with screenwriter and novelist Michael Chabon. Mark was credited as second unit director on the film as well.
Most recently Mark took the reins of Brave in the middle of production and served as both co-director and writer. Brave won the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2013 Academy Awards and went on to earn more than $535 million worldwide at the box office.
Mark is currently working on his next feature film at Pixar. He lives in Oakland with his wife and four kids.
- Cadillac’s and Dinosaurs: The Second Cataclysm (animator)
- Loose Tooth (story developer)
- The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest (storyboard artist)
- Quest for Camelot (storyboard artist)
- The Iron Giant (storyboard artist)
- Osmosis Jones (head of storyboards)
- Spiderman (storyboard artist)
- Star Wars: Clone Wars (storyboard artist)
- Samurai Jack (storyboard artist)
- The Incredibles (head of story)
- Jack-Jack Attack (story)
- One Man Band (director)
- The Adventures of Mr. Incredible (storyboards)
- Cars (additional storyboarding)
- Ratatouille (story supervisor)
- Alma (consultant)
- John Carter (writer, second unit director)
- Brave (writer, director)
- The Quest (non Pixar short) (writer)
- Mark was a storyboard artist on such animated tv shows such as The New Adventures of Jonny Quest, Samurai Jack and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, for which he won an Emmy®.
- For his work on The Iron Giant, Mark received an Annie Award for “Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production.”
- His brother Bryan Andrews is also a storyboard artist. His credits include Samurai Jack, John Carter, Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.
- His daughter Maeve provided the voice of Jack-Jack in The Incredibles
- Mark creates comic books, fences, and practices a form of martial arts called Kendo in his spare time.