Exclusive Interview at home with Mark Kirkland, a director of The Simpsons
Published: Thursday, July 7th, 2011
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.
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.
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.
A person can decide they want to make a living at this. Follow your passion.
Interviews is a show on Actors Reporter, a channel on the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production.
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