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‘The Making of a Dream’ Episode 13: Going for an Oscar Nomination

Producing a high-end animation short takes a lot of time. So what do I plan to do with my ‘Dream Factory’ short when we’re done?

In 1999, I optioned the rights to an unreleased comic book called Dream Factory and have been on a quest ever since to get it produced as a movie or TV series. In this blog I share with you the history, the near hits and the actual production notes as I finally move into production. #Thisismydream.

I’ve won lots of awards and festivals, but one major eludes me. An Oscar. That’s a high bar. But I’m going for an Oscar nod with this short. It will also inspire the crew to do their best.

In this episode I talk about my huge goal and cover some of the steps we need to take to get there.

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Mark Simon is a story artist and director with over 4,000 production credits, including 44 features.

You can find his storyboard samples online at  He can be reached at (link sends e-mail) (link sends e-mail).