Nassos Vakalis was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Since childhood, he demonstrated an interest in art, submitting his early work in various contests
    and winning numerous prizes and distinctions. During adolescence Nassos’ interest turned toward character animation. He got his start working as a
    cartoon and graphics artist for several advertising agencies and small studios in Athens and later pursued his studies in art and animation in the U.S.A.
    Nassos attended the Department of Film and Video at Pratt Institute, New York and acquired his B.F.A. in Fine Arts, majoring in Character Animation from
    California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California. During his senior year at college, Nassos participated in the Short Film  Festival of Drama Greece where
    he premiered his animated debut film “Don’t Feed the Bear.”  This film attracted the attention of legendary animation director Don Bluth, who offered
    Nassos a permanent position with his company. In Sullivan-Bluth Studios, Nassos worked as a character animator for the films “Rock-a-Doodle”, “Troll in
    Central Park” and “Thumbelina”, developing his talent and skills under real production conditions and requirements. Soon after he became Supervising
    Animator for the film “The Swan Princess” for Rich Entertainment and in 1995,  he joined Warner Bros. Animation studios and became the Supervising
    Animator  assigned to design and animate “Kayley”, the lead character in the feature animated film “Quest for Camelot”. During his career in Warner Bros,
    Nassos explored story, storyboarding and conceptual development and was involved with the pre-production of many other projects.
In 1997, Nassos was appointed by his alma matter, the California Institute of the Arts, to teach Character animation.  A year later he joined  DreamWorks Animation and
worked as a story artist for a number of 2D and 3D productions, including
 “Joseph, King of Dreams” , “Spirit Stallion of the Cimarron”,"Monsters VS Aliens", "Puss in Boots",
"Turbo"
and "Bee movie" for which he received an ANNI nomination on 2006.
In 2000 founded Time Lapse Pictures LLC and signed a deal with Klasky Csupo for the production of the Paramount release “Rugrats in Paris” . A year later, Time Lapse
Pictures was relocated in Athens Greece, where Nassos returned to produce and supervise animation for several sequences of Sony’s
“Eight Crazy Nights” and Paramount’s
“Rugrats
go Wild” as well as “El Cid the Legend” for the Spanish Filmax and “Jester Till” for the German Munich Animation, as well as many 2D and 3D commercials for the
Greek and international market.
In 2006 Nassos was awarded by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with an Emmy for outstanding achievement in content for non-traditional delivery
platforms for the ESPN show
"Off Mikes" and on 2007 he is again nominated for an EMMY for the second season of "Off MIkes". Nassos  also directed the popular short
animated series
"Crime Time" and has penned several of the shorts himself.  During 2007-2009 Nassos and Time-Lapse Pictures co-produced the animated Christmas
specials
" The Little Mouse That Wanted to Touch a Star" and "The Boy and the Tree" based on a short stories by Eugene Trivizas. " The Little Mouse That Wanted to Touch a
Star" received awards at the Cyprus International Film Festival, ANIMFEST '09, International Film Festival of Patras city-11th International Panorama and London Greek Film
festival and
"The Boy and the Tree" was voted by the EUROPEAN BROADCASTERS UNION (EBU) as the Second best production in Europe for children and juniors 2009.
Nassos also directed a number of short animated films. Notable is
"Human Nature" which has been accepted in a number of international festivals receiving an award at the
Drama DIGI 2011. He is currently finishing a more ambitious project
"Dinner for few" which combines 2D and 3D techniques.
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