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Mark got his start 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 Arts in June 1992. His thesis film, Greener, won numerous awards and screened at more than 40 film festivals worldwide.
He has received two Academy Award nomination. Most recently for best Animated Feature of the year for the 2008 critically acclaimed animated film Kung Fu Panda, which he directed alongside John Stevenson. Kung Fu Panda has netted more than $630 million to date and features the voice talents of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu and Seth Rogen.
Osborne’s other most well-known work to date, award winning stop motion animated short, More, has screened in over 150 film festivals worldwide.It was the first IMAX animation film ever to be nominated for an Academy Award (1999). More garnered an Oscar nomination for for Best Animated Short, Special Jury Prize for Short Films at the Sundance 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.
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. Written by and starring Osborne’s brother Kent, the darkly satirical comedy features David Koechner, John Stamos, Adam Arkin and Fred Willard.
In October 2010, Osborne was hired to direct The Little Prince for Gallic S3D.
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2008, Oscar Nomination, Best Animated Feature, Kung Fu-Panda
1999, Oscar Nomination, Best Short Film, More
2nd place Backstroke - Woodstock VT Rec Center Swim Team
3rd place 5th grade Science Fair, Woodstock VT Elementary School - Subject: Rattlesnakes
Class Artist - 1988 Hunderton Central Regional High School, Flemington NJ
Grammy Nominee for co-directing "Weird Al"