Rachel D’Amico Mark is a seasoned professional in the world stop-motion and live action puppet animation. An East coast native, who will do anything and everything to make her friends laugh. Rachel is down to earth as often as possible; and similarly drama free. With a combination of sunny imagination and creative know-how.
In her former incarnation, Rachel graduated from Northeastern University, in Boston, with a BS in Computer Science in 2003. Through hard work and effort, she had a very successful, 7+ year career as a software developer in the entertainment industry; with credits on six AAA video-game titles; and has worked for several notable companies, such as: Turbine, Inc. (now Warner Brothers HEG); Insomniac Games Inc.; and Dreamworks Animation SKG.
In 2008, Rachel began continuing education courses in sculpting (with John Brown, at Gnomon) and entertainment art; and in 2011, she left her final programming gig to pursue fine art and animation full time. In early 2011, she had a quick and successful stint as the assistant costume designer and fabricator. Then in late 2011, she turned entirely to focus her studies on sculpting and anatomy; studying for two years with some of the new masters of figure and creature sculpting: Andrew Cawrse, Carlos Huante, Eric Wilson, John Neill, Jordu Schell, Mark Newman, and Simon Lee, to name a few.
Rachel studied a bit of CG animation with Animation Mentor, in early 2012. Then in late 2012, she stumbled upon a small French animation studio, tigoboANIMATION, and she began working with them one-on-one.
At the beginning of 2013, it became painfully clear that her draftsmanship was significantly lagging behind her other technical abilities; and thusly she spent a semester focused on drawing at the Concept Design Academy, in Pasadena.
Rachel has recently contributed as a puppet fabricator to Stoopid Buddies Stoodio on Robot Chicken Season 8, and their show, SuperMansion.
When she's not tinkering away in the studio, Rachel is frequently adventuring with the talented and mischievous, Aaron Shoemaker.
"There is an ever-growing list of desired skills and adventures, lovingly written in colored pencil, and tacked above my work desk. It felt frightening at first, leaving the comfy tech-centric life that I had grown so accustomed to and leaping out into the unknown. Despite these fears, I have spent the past three years dedicated to taking chances and learning new skills. As I do, my passion for art deepens, new areas of study are unearthed, and the list grows. It is an upward spiral that feeds back into my love of stop-motion filmmaking. I have found my path, and I feel so grateful for the love of my friends and family, and their continued support for me on this crazy amazing journey."