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Exclusive Interview at home with Mark Kirkland, a director of The Simpsons

Your Host Brett Walkow
Published: Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Episode: 3.8

 

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Homer Simpson by Mark Kirkland

 

EXCLUSIVE 2-PART INTERVIEW WITH MARK KIRKLAND:
Interview Part 1 (mobile version)
Interview Part 2 (mobile version)

 

Mark Kirkland, three Prime Time Emmy winner, has directed more of The Simpsons episodes than anyone else. And, Mark Kirkland is an all round great guy.

Mark Kirkland and comic host Brett Walkow
photo by John Michael Ferrari

 

At home with Mark Kirkland at the home drawing desk he uses to draw. T desk came from a mentor and dear friend of Mark’s, Ollie Johnston, who was the last of Walt Disney’s famous nine old men. A lot of very important things were created on that desk. Ollie Johnson used it for many, many years.

 

When I was three or four I used to draw with my father, and my father is still a working photographer in Hollywood, Douglas Kirkland, and we would sit and draw together and tell stories with our pictures. Douglas photographed many important people like Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland, he would draw. He would have an idea for a photograph and he would sit and I would watch him sketch them out. That is how it all got started, telling stories with pictures.

Mark Kirland draws The Simpsons
as Lady is a Tramp Characters
photo by John Michael Ferrari

 

Animation was in the doldrums when I got interested in it. There was never a guarantee that I would make a dime in the field, but it didn’t matter. He loved it then and loves it still.

Mark Simpson at his desk at home.
Photo by John Michel Ferrari

 

A person can decide they want to make a living at this. Follow your passion.

Mark Kirkland movie: Letter From Home

 

Interviews is a show on Actors Reporter, a channel on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production.

 

 

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7 Responses to “Exclusive Interview at home with Mark Kirkland, a director of The Simpsons”

  1. Great story! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope The Simpsons never goes off the air. Thanks for all the memories Mark.

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