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Tassos ApostolidesTASSOS APOSTOLIDES | Greek Olympic Games Comic Writer

Tassos Apostolides was born in Thessaloniki in 1947. He studied Mathematics and is the director of a Technical High School of this city. From 1972 to 1984 he wrote humorous and current events columns for newspapers and magazines of Thessaloniki and Athens. 

In the early eighties he made his name as a script-writer for his adaptation of the 11 comedies of Aristophanes into the form of comic-strips. This series, in its 24 years of circulation, has sold more than 700.000 copies. Six of these comedies have been translated into English, French and German. In all, 30 albums of comic strips with his own texts have been published (“Aesop’s Fables“, “The feats of Vougdoupos“, “I make comic strips“, etc). He has also written texts for the comic strips “Little man“, Mouse-ologies“ and others, and also for the cinema (“Lost spectre“), for CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, and some humorous texts for stand up comedy.

He has collaborated with well-known Greek illustrators G. Akokalides, F. Pehlivanides, M. Zoglopitou, K. Aronis, K. Voutsas, and others.

In 1999, he founded the “HERETIC COMPANY“ and he is the exclusive script writer and stage director of its shows. Since 1980, he directs the plays of the theatrical group of the American School of Agriculture in Thessaloniki. He has also taught “Technique of writing screen-plays“ at the schools AURA, PRAXIS and PARALLAXIS.

In addition, he has organized many exhibitions and other events concerning cartoons and comic strips.

He is a member of the Society of Greek Authors and of the Society of Greek Stage-Directors.

NASSOS VAKALIS | Greek Olympic Games Comic Animation Designer

Nassos Vakalis was born and raised in Athens. He studied at the Department of Film and Video of Pratt Institute, New York and later on he finishes his studies with honors and acquires his B.F.A. in Fine Arts, majoring in Character Animation from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California.

He worked with the company Sullivan-Bluth Studios where he completes the production of the following films: “Rock-a-Doodle“, “Troll in Central Park“ and “Tumbelina“. Later on, he becomes a supervising animator for the film “The Swan Princess“ of Rich Entertainment and simultaneously he works as a freelance animator in many advertising spots, short and feature films. In 1995, when Warner Bros. Company opens its new animation studios in Los Angeles, he is offered the post of the responsible for the designing and animation of “Keyley“, the main character in the animated film “Quest for Camelot“. During his career in Warner Bros he is also working for the artistic research and visual development of themes and ideas for original animated films.

In 1997 he is appointed by California Institute of the Arts, the institution from which he graduated, to teach Character animation. He accepts the position but a year later he joins Dreamworks, which was just founded by Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg. In Dreamworks he works with closely with Steve Hickner, the director of the famous production “The Prince of Egypt“, with whom they also become friends. During the years 1998 to 2000 in Dreamworks he completes the production of “Joseph, King of Dreams“ and designs storyboards for the films “Outlaws“, “Tusker“ and the acclaimed “Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron“.

At the end of the 90s, during a professional trip in London he gets acquainted and forges a friendship with Panagiotis Rappas, owner of Stardust studios. When they meet again in Los Angeles, they found Time-Lapse Pictures LLC and sign cooperation with Klasky Csupo for the production of animated films for Paramount Pictures. A year later, Time Lapse Pictures is relocated in Athens Greece, where Nassos returns to finish parts of the films “Eight crazy nights“ for Sony Pictures, “Rugrats go Wild“ for Paramount Pictures, “El Cid the Legend“ for the Spanish Filmax and “Jester Till“  for the German Munich Animation, as well as many commercials for the Greek and international market.

He is currently working on a new short animation titled "Dinner For Few" . Today he lives and works in Greece as well as abroad wherever various companies call him in order to offer his talent.

CREDITS

  • 2004: “Cookie Crisp“ (Uli Meyer studios)
  • 2003: “Spirit Christmas Special“ (DREAMWORKS studios)
  • 2003: “Jester Till“ (Munich Animation)
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  • 2003: “SIAN KA’ ÁÍ: Angel in the Rainforest“ (Muvi Films Inc)
  • 2002-03: “Rugrats Go Wild“ (PARAMOUNT pictures)
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  • 2000-01: “EL CID the Legend“ (FILMAX studios)
  • 2000: “Eight Crazy Nights“ (COLUMBIA - SONY)
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  • 2000: “Lampies“ (Uli Meyer Studios - BBC)
  • 1999: “Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron“ (DREAMWORKS studios)
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  • 1999: “Rugrats in Paris“ (PARAMOUNT pictures)
  • 1999: “Outlaws“ (DREAMWORKS studios)
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  • 1999: “Tusker“ (DREAMWORKS studios)
  • 1999: “Pigs Next Door“ (SABAN Productions)
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  • 1999: “TITAN A.E“. (FOX animation Studios)
  • 1998-99: “Joseph, King of Dreams“ (DREAMWORKS studios)
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  • 1997: “Pocahontas Journey to the New World“ (DISNEY studios)
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