Mark Osborne 11/9/16

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Osborne began his career by studying Foundation Art at Pratt Institute in New York before receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts in June 1992. His thesis film,Greener, won numerous awards and was screened at more than 40 film festivals worldwide. He has received two Academy Award nominations, including one for Best Animated Feature of the year for the 2008 critically acclaimedKung Fu Panda which he directed alongside John Stevenson.[1] Kung Fu Panda has netted more than $630 million worldwide to-date. The action-comedy was Osborne’s first major studio project. It also won him and Stevenson the Annie Award for Directing in an Animated Feature Production.[2]

Osborne’s other most well-known work to date, award winning stop motion animated short, More, has been screened at over 150 film festivals worldwide. It was the first IMAX animation film to ever be nominated for an Academy Award (1999). More garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short, Special Jury Prize for Short Films at the Sundance Film Festival (1999), The SXSW Best Animated Short (1999), the ResFest Grand Prize (1999), the Critics Week selection for CANNES (1999), among many others.

Osborne has also directed a majority of the live-action material for the popular animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Patchy the Pirate, as well as all of the live action sequences for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, featuring David Hasselhoff. He was classmates with the television show’s creator,Stephen Hillenburg, while a student at CalArts. He worked as director on SpongeBob episodes such as “The Sponge Who Could Fly” and “SpongeBob B.C.

His other live action directing credits include his independent feature film Dropping Out, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000, and has developed a cult following. Bachelor Pad was also a short live-action comedy Mark made with his brother Kent along with Dylan Haggerty in the late 1980s. Parts of Bachelor Pad can be seen in the unaired second episode of Taterhole, which was a spin-off of The Rudy and Gogo World Famous Cartoon Show in 1997. The entire episode can be viewed here. His short film Greener was broadcast on TNT‘s Rudy and GoGo’s New Year’s Eve Flaming Cheese Ball special on New Year’s Eve (1995–96).

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33 thoughts on “Mark Osborne 11/9/16

  1. Mark Osborne’s presentation today was extremely inspiring. As an animator I found great comfort seeing how Osborne being an experimental animator can work on his own projects, but also work for animation studios. What i took from Osborne is that if you work on a project that you are passionate about you will go above and beyond to bring the idea to life. One other thing i liked about Osborne’s presentation is he has a personal connection to the projects. I think this is really important because Osborne’s family is his fuel for creating projects. Keeping his two kids in mind i really appreciated Osborne being aware of strong lead female figures.

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  2. Can we have more Mark Osbornes in the world, please.

    Mark is someone who engages with his subject matter with his whole being, and I think that’s what makes his work special, setting him apart from other filmmakers and animators.

    Though I didn’t address it in previous blog posts, honestly, it was really discouraging hearing other speakers reduce the magnitude of what animation can accomplish down to a broken business cranking out crappy entertainment that, at the end of the day, is all about a means to an end – a paycheck (not discounting this as a reality – Mark even addressed it himself in “More”), but that’s not why I’m here. I’m here because of what Mark Osborne stands for – as someone who thinks their work is weird, doesn’t know if it will be successful, but has the passion to tell compelling stories with the dignity they deserve and hope it will resonate with someone.

    For Mark, work and life are not separate; they are inextricably linked and harmonize together. He brings his life experience, intellect, and emotions into his projects. He makes it personal, and he is able to do that because he is fully invested in his relationships with important people in his life such as his family. He understands and respects the gravity of the stories he is telling because he listens, observes, and takes the time to process them.

    He cares deeply. He takes care of the connections he has with others, gives them opportunities to shine by using their skills (as others have done for him), and acknowledges the work they do (I was really impressed with how he attributed a name to nearly every element in his presentation). He humanizes people. He gives a damn about others and the message his work is sending to them. He takes into consideration the kind of impact he wants his work to have in the decisions he makes. He looks beyond the labels of things and instead endeavors to capture their spirit.

    All of this is what drives him to make bold choices in his storytelling and filmmaking where others wouldn’t. He sees opportunity where others don’t. For example, many would say, “oh, stop motion isn’t a profitable medium so we’re not going to use it”, but Mark’s mentality is, “who cares, this is what the story needs” and sees it as a way to open conversation about using different animation techniques.

    Mark is someone who honors that both life and the story are bigger than him. And instead of shrinking the magnitude of story or decreasing the size of his ambition, he meets life/the story where they are, as he is, and says, “challenge accepted”.

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  3. I am so glad that Mark was our seminar speaker for this week. Hearing such a kind and passionate person talk about something he loves deeply was just the thing I think we all needed to hear after getting the results of this election.

    Although I haven’t read the book, I’ve watched Mark’s film The Little Prince, and I absolutely love it. Makes me want to go find a copy of the book. I was also really happy that he talked about working on Kung Fu Panda and some of his early projects. Since he was here last semester and he talked about The Little Prince, I was worried we were just going to get the exact same seminar again.

    I think he is a wonderful filmmaker and storyteller, and I really hope I wind up having a similarly successful career.

    Sorry this post is so short. My brain has been utterly frazzled lately.

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  4. I really appreciated how magical and pure Mark’s films are, which as great for that night with everyone being depressed and sad. I admire how he holds on tightly to things he knows its important to him, and always try to achieve a dream doesn’t matter how many years it may take. His film tells us to not lose and forget about things you love, and his experience itself tells us to not to give up. To make a independent stop-motion feature seems to be an almost impossible goal at this time where CG is taking over, with more advanced technology approaching, but Mark showed us a way to combine the two, to appreciate both, to believe the audiences will connect to the strongest feeling one has. The little prince is a heart-warming film, and its stop motion bit is absolutely gorgeous, I like the transition between paper cut and puppets, I love the lighting and I like the european style that stayed true to the book. I like both the book and film, I think the film does really tell the story from the audiences’ perspective. Thank you for making such a great film.

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  5. I have to say that this night means a lot to me. Mark’s great speech let me think a lot of stuff. Little Prince and Kong Fu Panda are both film that effects me a lot. My hometown is the original hometown of panda, and when I saw the first CG Kong Fu Panda film, it just blow my mind. We are proud of our culture and the adorable creature, but our industry can’t not do the great job as Mark do. The film basically start my interest and career for animation and CG art. I follow the sequence of Kong Fu Panda and all the TV series, and start my undergraduate study. And that’s when the little prince comes out. I still remember that I spent two hours on subway to go to see the film with my girl friend and we all comes out filled with tears. The story and image just so beautiful and the tender part of out hearts just surrender to the softness of the amazing story. Even though at that time, I don’t even know the two films which effect me a lot are come from the same person. And all those things emerge together and lead me to the place i’m in and lead me to the classroom that I meet the director. And the even more amazing thing is that he also told us the story that seems linked and connect together. I can feel the spirit that we should keep on fighting for our dream and follow our hearts. That’s the way we can get on the path which we will never regret. Thank you Mark, you show me the right way of seeing and living life.

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  6. Having Mark come in and present to us was a bright light on a very dark day. It was refreshing to have him be so honest with us and to let us know he too was struggling, before diving into his presentation. Seeing his past and present work was amazing! I had no idea that he did the claymation for Weird Al Yankovic’s ‘Jurassic Park’ song!! That album was (and still is) my favorite of Weird Al’s, I used to listen to it all the time on my walkman when I was little.

    Mark’s passion for what he creates shines through in all that he does. From his college film where he dressed himself up as his character to get the right shot, to making the magic suitcase pitch for ‘the Little Prince’, all the love is there. It’s very inspiring and I think it allows the audience to connect even more with his work. It’s also really great how he always strives to use different mediums in his work. For instance, his college film had the mix of stop-mo to 2D animation, and then live action. ‘More’ was stop-mo and then 2D. ‘Kung Fu Panda’ had the 2D intro and then 3D. And then of course, ‘the Little Prince’ with 3D and stop-mo. I never realized he did that in all of his works, until he presented on Wednesday. It’s an incredible way to make films, and I think a testament to him as a director that he can lead so many different teams and keep to the deadlines to make something beautiful.

    I cannot wait to see what Mark does next, and am keeping my fingers crossed that ‘the Little Prince’ is recognized and wins at the Academy Awards this year.

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  7. It was such an amazing and spirit lifting night with Mark Osborne. First thing that really impressed me was his presentation. Kung fu Panda is one of my all time favorite Dreamwork animations and it always brings me joy when I get to see those amazing art works and designs that the artist was working on. It was such a huge inspiration. I would like to thank him for showing them to us and openly sharing his experience working on the developing process of the film. I enjoyed the stories that he shared and I can really felt that he also learned a lot from it.

    The Little Prince is definitely one truly beautiful animation. Making a film with the adaptation from one famous book can be quite a challenge for the director and The Little Prince is well known has been around for quite a long time. I understand the difficulties and pressure that Mark had to face during his time when he worked on the movie. However, he has done a really wonderful job by choosing to tell the story based on his personal feeling. According to his presentation, we can really feel that this book is indeed very special to him and his family. We can really see that he included a lot of his personal feeling into the movie and that is what make it so special and also paying respect to the original book.

    The other thing that really impressed me was his amazing suitcase. I really want one of those in my room. Thank you Mark Osborne for an amazing night and I’m looking forward to see his next movie.

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  8. I thought it was inspiring to hear about Mark’s early work and the start of his career. Questions I should have asked are mainly about the inspiration behind his first film. I liked the deep voice of the main character, the intricate set and his merging of animation techniques. He is able to combine techniques very effectively through storytelling and characteristics of characters and objects. There is a realistic aspect to stop motion and an ingenuity that really stands out and I think Mark understands that. I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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  9. I sincerely appreciated Mark’s openness about his works, because his personal life seems to be so tightly intertwined with his films, whether they’re independent or commercial. Artists always insert themselves into their creations, and so it’s great when someone can actually see that, even if the realization does not arise at the project’s genesis. I admire how Mark is able to process his work, as well as his ability to share that process with an audience he’s never met before. It’s always good to hear an accomplished creative speak, but when that person can also identify and explain their intentions and methodology/approach, my appreciation for a given work grows while also challenging my own self-awareness as an artist. I look forward to seeing Mark’s future projects and, hopefully, to hearing about the personal aspect behind them.

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  10. I really appreciated Mark’s talk this week. It was very refreshing from all the emotional- ness from the past week. It was great how he made his seminar like a story. He started off giving us insight of his childhood and moments that will influence him in his later work. Explaining the significant of the book, The little Prince, and then coming back to it towards the end of his talk. I find it inspiring how he fought so strongly to be an independent filmmaker but afterwards he was still able to transfer his own voice in full feature films. I notice throughout Mark’s talk he would credit the names of the artists and animators he worked with and who aided him in getting where he is now. I thought it showed a lot about Mark’s character. Even in the Little Prince he included his whole family in the making process. When Mark explained how he fought hard to have a female main character in The Little Prince, and succeed, it made me feel motivated that there is possible to big chances in the industry.

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  11. Although Mark Osborne has done some brilliant work in 3D computer graphic animation, like Kung Fu Panda, his stop motion animations he presented spoke to me the most. The Little Prince’s stop motion segments were artistically brilliant and visually appetizing. It was fun to see how all the little details came together to imply that there was a world beyond the Prince’s story. For example, the characters’ paper clothing and torn paper sand dunes were a nice touch to refer to the pages of the Aviator’s story. I can also “respect”, as the kids say these days, how he wanted to keep the film true to the original book. Messing around too much with the original story can indeed take away the magic that drew people to the story in the first place. The animation industry is lucky to have someone like Mark Osborne recognize that.

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  12. Wednesday was difficult for most of us, but Mark Osborne lifted the rooms energy. Mark is such a genuine and kind individual and the beauty of his stop motion animations are remarkable! As a student interested in stop motion, I became absorbed in the incredible acting, touching story and compelling sound of his film MORE. As Mark recalled the personal experiences that inspired the film it occurred to me that even the most personal stories can, and will, be relatable to audiences, as his was to me. Undeniably Mark has asked the most talented character and puppet designers to be on his teams. From Saint Exupery’s designs in the The Little Prince to Nico Marlet’s designs in Kung Fu Panda, Mark leads his talented teams to success! I really appreciate that Mark brought The Little Prince puppets. Getting to see the puppets was not only the cherry on top of an informative lecture, but the discourse the puppets inspired after the lecture about puppet making and ball and socket armatures was invaluable!

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  13. Mark Osborne’s presentation was inspiring. His stop motion animation “more” is very emotional. There is so much work went into this six-minute short, the simple-modeled clay figure’s emotions are perfectly modeled and presented; I can feel the pain, frustration, and sadness, the film is very thought provoking. Mark also talks his pitching process with the little princess, he was pitching the movie to distributors all over the world using the “magic suitcase”, which full of hand-made visual aids specifically create to communicate with the tone. And he mentioned that he have pitched the movie close to 400 times. I really admire his passion and the effort he put in to this work, I have watched the movie, and it was beautiful. Stop-motion animation adds another wonderful layer to the film

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  14. It is so appreciate to have Mark to share his animation experience. I love what he talks about Kongfu Panda firstly. There are so many useful information to let us know how the film to be created. it is so detailed sharing, and many valuable picture that I never saw from book or internet let me know what the most pre-production part of a film looks like. And as he says after the artist came up with a good concept design of the panda, the films goes so slowly, I realize that any aspect of a film can be break of a great film. Some times when we are stuck by the plot or story, we can try to find a answer or possible through another way instead of keep be stick on one point. Also, his sharing about Little Prince is also very inspiring. Many making-of demo shows me how the stop motion works, and especially how the visual effect is created. Also, the puppet he shows in the end is so amazing. there are all designed beautiful and especially I love the paper texture. Thanks Mark for sharing!

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  15. Mark Presentation was wonderfully inspiring for me. He is one of the rare examples that found his way from experimental animation to the mainstream filmmaking. In my opinion Kung Fu Panda is one of the best animated film in history. Specially in respect to acting of the characters it is very unique. Mark is a gifted storyteller and I think what makes him different from other animation directors is he has his own style. I grew up with reading The Little Prince but the animation to me was so Americanized. I liked the stop motion parts a lot but the CG story was somehow hard for me to accept as the Little Prince story.

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  16. Mark was an absolutely wonderful presenter. And I honestly think that his story about how he and his wife met needs to be a story! Its so beautiful and just great. I love his passion for story and the attention to detail in his projects. I love the fact that he said that when he was brought onto Kung Fu Panda that he had no idea what he was doing, but that was alright. I feel that as long as you have the passion to tell a great story, you will never be lead astray that that your passion will shine through. You can really see his passion and dedication with his work on The Little Prince. Just looking at the pitch he would present to people was enough to show just how much love he had for this story and the characters. That was so nice to see. I feel that we have seen enthusiastic presenters in our class who shared their pitch bibles with us, but no one compares to Mark Osborne. That passion was visible in every detail of that trunk, the binoculars, and the concept art. Absolutely amazing. What I got from Mark’s presentation is that no matter what obstacles you face, never give up on an idea that you are passionate about. It may take years, but never stop believing and working at that passion you have to tell a great story. As long as you put your heart in it, it can never fail.

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  17. Mark’s presentation totally blew my mind away. It was really fantastic. Especially for the part about the inspiring quote from Aviator: “ … What is essential is invisible to the eye.” He exploited this quote to pursue the meaning of constructing the film and also his lives. When he showed the letter from his wife, I read layers of impacts from miscellaneous dimensions of the magic power he told in The Little Prince and the magic suitcase.

    Nothing is more significant than he took advantage of portable suitcase to travel around different spots to fit organic and dynamic idea of The Little Prince, which can not only takes his personal experiences and interpretation toward the classic into solid core but also can convince founders and inspire crews at the same time. He is like a farmer who takes a bag of seed and spread onto people’s minds. Very impressed and very nourished.

    Also he explained how to make this film with constant back and forth efforts. For instance, there were countless tests to get the feeling of paper so that they know how to construct the scenes. And they need to take advantage of various multi-tasking methods to stage the main idea which can really let viewers get core theme. And it will be the most efficacious way to stimulate imagination of public and spread the idea. These experiments were nothing but had to step back to see the big picture so that different scenes can circle and hook to the anchor of concept tightly.

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  18. Back in 2008 when I heard that Mark Osborne was directing the new Dream Works movie ‘Kung Fu Panda’, I found it strange that the director of ‘More’ was working on a huge CG project. My bias of forms made me skeptical but it all fell apart when I saw the movie. To date, Kung Fu Panda is one of my favorite CG films. Mark’s sense of story and mixed media approach made that Hollywood production unique and a delight to watch. The Little Prince was also a fantastic mixed media film. I really admired the beauty and technicality of the stopmotion sections. It was really encouraging to hear him talk about how all of his early works were extremely personal but somehow managed to harness wide appeal. It speaks to the collective nature of the human experience and how a creatives best option is to be true to their experiences and emotions, audiences will follow. I really appreciate the duality built into Mark’s work along with the strong, clear messaging. I truly hope that he gets the opportunity to make that feature length stopmotion he’s been planning. I can’t wait to see what he makes next.

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  19. First of all, “The Little prince” is my favourite book. I’d like to thank Mark for respecting, and putting a lot of energy on the book. From what he said about how he decided to make this film, I felt very respected as a reader and also an audience.
    It was definitely inspiring to hear the professional path we went through, from an experimental animator to a feature film director. Seeing the process of KungFu Panda was very good learning experience for me. Animation is like creating the new world which has never existed, I did feel how many drafts, how much effort is needed to make a film.
    The pitch suitcase was absolutely amazing, I’ve seen it last year but still it was so beautiful, and innovative. No wonder why his pitch resonated to people. “The Little Prince” has been always my No.1 book, and I have my own memories and interpretation. It was interesting to see how this book affected other readers life, and his own meaning for this book. His thought about the film, like casting main character as a girl with reasons, really refreshed me. I really appreciated!
    It was a really rough the for me and probably to everyone. But mark’s passionate presentation was the perfect way to end that rough day. Thank you Mark for coming and sharing your beautiful works, thoughts, and energy!

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  20. I watched “The Little Prince” last year. The Technic they use in the movie left me deep impression. The movie combined stop motion and 3D animation. It looks pretty cool. As for me, I love stop motion very much. I read the book many years ago and like the story very much. Then Osborne made the movie of this story. I was very excited when I first knew this movie. So I watched it immediately, and the film didn’t make me disappointed. I also love the romantic story Osborne told us about his wife and himself. And their little daughter and son is really cute. I think “The Little Prince” is the film that has full of love. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I love that Mark brought the Little Prince puppets with him and showed us the magical story pitch suitcase that he carries around. His entire presentation seemed like it came straight out of a movie, from his successful long distance relationship to the first moment when he heard that quote that drove the Little Prince movie to him meeting all the right directors to build his dream career. I really respect that he puts so much thought and research into every single movie and how each movie reflected a part of his real life. In that regards, I think he is one of the most artistic directors/visual developers I’ve met. I hope that I will be able to take a few stop motion classes since we have had so many inspirational visitors from that field.

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  22. I watched Kungfu Panda so many times and it was so amazing to hear presentation of Mark.

    I was inspired by how he is passionate about his works especially how he reflect his personal experience and personal wants to his works. In Japan it is very uncommon that person, especially man brings stories of his private life, especially romance or marriage to their work. Because in my country, works and private lives are thought to be separated and people think it is unprofessional or embarrassing if they mentions and bring their private especially their spouse to their work. But I think it is sort of discrimination.
    So I really like how he was honest and passionate, love his wife and family, and how they effected his passion towards his works.

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  23. I’m so glad that we can have Mark Osborne tonight again. It needs lots of confidence and courage to make the film about the world famous book, plus, one of his favorite one. I feel bad that it doesn’t show on Theater in U.S. It’s such a beautiful film that people should watch it on the big screen.

    I’m enjoy the story that how he started to direct the Kungfu Panda. I’m surprised that it doesn’t have the story first. They don’t even know who will the panda be like! They start from a very interesting idea that a panda who does kungfu, and build up the complete world and story. It’s a totally new for me of storytelling. You don’t have to know everything first to start a story. Sometimes the character will lead you the way that what everything should look like.

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  24. After his presentation, I felt like I was in the middle of his love story with his wife. I could see the reason why he could make such a beautiful and great work. I felt like He has such a strong faith about his family and his work and Himself , it also impacts others around him. IF he did not have how could he started to work for the little prince which is like his bible.
    There are many thing that people love about the work. But I can choose the best part of his work is that he used the voice of his son. Because of that the story will not be remembered as a famous book to his son, it will be his monumental work with his father.

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  25. Memory is tricky, and so when you talk about and think about a topic, sometimes you forget to write about it, that’s the case with Mark Osborne presentation in seminar. As an animator, I feel much more drawn to experimental animation, but Mark Osborne talk not only grabbed my intellectual interest, but his conference touched me in a very particular way. I’m a great fan of the Little prince, is one of the books that I think that if as a Child is interesting, as an adult is plain revealing, and when I saw the Little Prince one of the things I appreciated the most about the movie was precisely the care it has with the heart of the story. I felt that the paper animation, that looked so delicate and fragile at the same time, conveyed pretty well the fragility of the Little prince (also, the copy of the book I have is very delicate, the paper is very thin and worn out, in some way the technique also reminded me of the physical copy of the book), and the relationships he create during his journey, in particular his relationship with the fox. Listening to Mark talk about his process I felt that if the movie have that delicacy and that rawness too(The little prince is hard to read because there’s a dead in the book, Mark not only kept that terrible moment when the aviator finds the little prince waiting for the snake to bite him, but also added the inevitable death of the old man) was only because he made it with his heart. And from his heart I felt his conference.

    Finally, I felt even more admiration when he admitted that one of the motivations on his work was trying to create strong female characters because as I father, he found very hard to get his hands into movies that portrayed such characters to watch them with his daughter. Mark came in a very delicate moment to remind us that if there is one tool that can change the fabric of reality, that can rewrite stereotypes and shows us new ways of being, that tool is art, and we as artists, as animators, have a duty to try to change through our work what we feel is not alright.

    I was and I am really grateful for having Mark Osborne as our lecturer in Seminar and I hope that I can meet him again.

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  26. What a great “Pitch” person. Mark Osborne shares such energy and passion for his projects. Of course Little Prince is a hard one to top, but I look forward to what is next for Mark. I really appreciate the care and attention to detail that Mark shows in his presentations. The Little Prince pitch suitcase is so fantastic. A moment that Mark talked about that really stood out for me was: When he was able to share a moment with the family of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Such a wonderful thing, and great that they saw his passion as well.

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  27. Of all the director’s out there right now, I think Mark is one of the people I would want to work under the most. He is passionate about not just creating work that has meaning, quality, and appeal – but also about equality, and changing the toxic cycles within Hollywood. I love how Mark admits that he learned a lot as a director from the Geena Davis Institue, but what I love more is how Mark didn’t take the information as an insult, or a threat. He took it as knowledge for him to use in his work and consider in the future.

    I think Mark’s openness to others is a key to his success. He was able to experience many incredible things along his career, especially working on Le Petite Prince. He saw meaning in his relationship with his wife, with his family, his daughter – even his son remains the voice of the prince. I think the whole thing has an air of kismet to it. I can’t wait to see what Mark does next!

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  28. Having Mark come in and present to us was a bright light on a very dark day. It was refreshing to have him be so honest with us and to let us know he too was struggling, before diving into his presentation.Mark Osborne shares such energy and passion for his projects. Of course Little Prince is a hard one to top, but I look forward to what is next for Mark. I really appreciate the care and attention to detail that Mark shows in his presentations. Also the story of he and his wife was touching. Thanks for the sharing!

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  29. I really happy that we have Mark come again! I have been to the seminar he gave the speech last year. He presented a lot of treasures to us, I really love the magical box he showed. It’s full of imagination. By the way, I really like the film Little Prince, especially the stop-motion part. Every time I watched it, I could on the journey with the little prince. It reminds me a lot of my childhood. And I really like to listening a story of the process of an film. It was full of challenge and passion. When film maker deal with every problem, and have been all set, It would be a huge satisfaction. Thanks a lot!

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  30. I’ve been so excited for today’s seminar. I watched “The Little Prince” in Taiwan before. And I cried in the theater. This film is really touching and real. I feel like I was the little girl in the film. And After watching the movie, I bought the novel immediately. Because of his speech, I had a deep understanding for “The Little Prince” and also the story behind the scene. In fact, I liked how he shared his life story. About his love story with his wife and family. It seemed that “The Little Prince” became the important part of his life.
    “What matters is the thing you cannot see thought eyes.” I like this quote.
    And I had to say that he is really an amazing guy. I can feel his enthusiasm to arts. Thanks a lot! Mark.

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  31. Mark Osbourne gave me life when I really needed it. The day of his lecture was a tough one and I’m still reeling from the shock of it. What impresses me is how much humanity he injected into his talk. The way he related his practice to his life and a quote a girlfriend once sent him in a love letter (later to us that they’re married now!) was truly beautiful. I was absolutely entranced in his lecture- it was as much of a film and a story as the work he presented! His success comes as no surprise. The effort and thought he puts into presentation proves that he is a masterful story-teller. I will never forget this as I think it is important to captivate the people you pitch to and demonstrating your ability to entrance and captivate has to go a long way. You could really feel the energy in the room pointing at Mark that night– it was very exciting. It felt like seeing a live performance. As much as I have appreciated the casual nature of our guests in the past, Mark stroke a perfect balance between personable presenter and storyteller and really blew me away. It was also really cool to hear him talk about realizing his ignorance once approached by The Geena Davis Institute. In this age of echo chambers and polarized opinions, it can be really easy to dismiss those who perpetuate dated norms as being problematic to the point of being bad. Mark’s attitude reminds us however, that we all have something to learn, and that even if our intentions are in the best place we can challenge them. I loved the way he talked about this experience and how having a daughter further opened his eyes to the portrayal of women and girls in media. What a humble guy. What an awesome talk. I aspire to approach my work like Mark Osbourne!

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  32. I’m so glad Mark came back again, last time his magical suitcase really blew my mind.He is such a humble and passionate person. You can really tell his passion and talent from those hand-made magical props. It seems like a super efficient way to communicate your ideology with sponsors and client. I really admire his attitude. Besides, I really enjoyed his story when he was directing Kungfu Panda. I just can’t wait to see his next film!

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  33. This is not the first time I have met mark, in fact, he has come to a seminar last semester, with his new film “Little Prince””. But the difference is, I think this time let me really know mark, especially his early work. Must say, let me feel the deepest is his first IMAX stop motion animation works, let me see a young man’s sensitivity, strength and anger, I think I and he is the same person. I want to be like him, never stop in my field.

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