Andrew Mason is a major figure of the Australian film industry with a career in film spanning 30 years. A visual effects artist turned producer who’s worked in both commercial and music videos, his credits include The Matrix, and it’s sequels, Red Planet, Scooby Doo, Queen of the Damned, Kangaroo Jack and, Tomorrow When the War Began.
Andrew Mason, began his film industry career in the early 1970’s as an editor before moving to producing and heading a successful commercial production company. He managed Atlab film laboratory for two years and was then co-founder of Australia’s first visual effects company in 1983. He worked as Visual Effects Supervisor on a number of Australian films and in 1993 Mason served as visual effects supervisor and second unit director on the dark and iconic The Crow.
Mason produced Alex Proyas’ kafkaesque thriller Dark City, released in the U.S. in early ‘98 by New Line. That was followed in the period 1998-2003 with Producing or Executive Producing a string of US studio pictures including the Waschowski brothers’ The Matrix and it’s sequels, Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, as well as Red Planet, Scooby Doo, Queen of the Damned, and Kangaroo Jack.
He established City Productions to develop and produce Australian films, including Swimming Upstream (2001) and Danny Deckchair (2003). Mason spent 2004 in Romania producing Bruce Hunt’s horror thriller Cave and 2005 in Canada for French director Christophe Gans’ film Silent Hill.
Returning to Australia in early 2009, Mason produced for Ominlab the highly successful screen adaptation by writer turned Director Stuart Beattie of well-loved Australian novel Tomorrow When the War Began.
In 2010, Mason joined forces with Writer John Collee, and Hopscotch Distribution principals Troy Lum and Frank Cox to form development/production company Hopscotch Features, which will roll cameras on it’s first production in early 2012.
Mason was a member of the board of the Macquarie Film Corporation, and spent a number of years as Deputy Chair on the board of the NSW Film and Television Office. He is currently a board member of the Sydney Film Festival and serves on the Council of Australian Film Television & Radio School.