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Mark Gustafson, Stop Motion Veteran Who Co-Directed Oscar Winning ‘Pinocchio,” Dies At 64

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Mark Gustafson is a major figure in stop-motion animation and an Oscar-winning codirector of Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,Has died at the age of 64 after suffering from a heart attack.

Gustafson began working as a production assistant at Will Vinton Studios in Portland, Oregon, in the early 1980s after he earned a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. He gradually worked his way through the ranks. Speaking withGustafson fondly recalled his studio days when he was nominated for the Academy Awards last year.

When I started that job, I was sweeping floors and doing errands. ‘Well, I’You’ve made it! This is it.’ And then you work there, and you wind up helping somebody do something, and you do a decent job at that, so they see you differently. Like, ‘Oh, you can sculpt!’ Or, ‘You can help us build armatures. Then they would move me up into that, and I was like, ‘I’ve made it; now I’m sculpting! This is awesome. I know what my career is.’ It just marches along, and you just keep getting different things, and, all of a sudden, I found myself animating and then directing.

While at Will Vinton Studios, Gustafson worked as an animator on 1985’s The Adventures of Mark TwainThe following are some examples of how to get started: Return to Ozand produced a varied body of work that included the shorts Mr. ResistorThe following are some examples of how to get started: Bride of Resistor.

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