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",
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 was again nominated for an EMMY for the second season of "Off MIkes". Nassos  also directed and wrote the
popular Internet animated series
"Crime Time" which reached 25 million views worldwide.  During 2007-09 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 while  
"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 was accepted in 25 international short film festivals and received a honorary
distinction at the
34th DRAMA film festival DIGI 2011 competition. He current animated project "Dinner for few" , an allegorical depiction of society, is doing its festival runs.
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