Mark Christiansen has created visual effects and animations for feature films, television, computer games, and on behalf of an array of high technology companies. His recent feature film credits for the animation and special effects studio The Orphanage include The Day After Tomorrow and films by Robert Rodriguez; he has also created graphics for documentaries produced by HBO and the History Channel. His studio, Christiansen Creative (www.christiansen.com), produces effects, motion graphics, and writing. His independent directing and design work has been featured at film festivals including the LA Short Film Festival in 2004.
Named the number-one beta tester for After Effects 6.0 by the After Effects development team, Mark has written and lectured about After Effects extensively. He is a co-author of After Effects 5.5 Magic with Nathan Moody, a contributing editor for DV Magazine, and wrote the previous edition of this book, as well as tutorials and other materials directly for Adobe in support of After Effects 7.0. He has been a guest speaker at NAB, DV Expo and GDC, as well as user group meetings throughout the San Francisco bay area.