Mason is currently developing, through his Sydney based production company CITY PRODUCTIONS, a slate of Australian, British and US based films. He is a member of the board of the Macquarie Film Corporation, established by Australia's Macquarie Bank to fund Australian film and television projects, and is deputy chair on the board of the New South Wales State Film and Television Office.
Together with Joel Silver and Barrie Osborne, Mason produced the Warner Bros / Village Roadshow sci-fi extravaganza THE MATRIX, starring Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, Carrie Anne Moss and Hugo Weaving. This huge hit of 1999, written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski, was shot entirely in Sydney during 1998.
In 1996/7 Mason produced the Kafkaesque thriller DARK CITY, released in the U.S. in early 1998 by New Line. Starring William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland and Rufus Sewell, the film was written and directed by Alex Proyas. DARK CITY was an official selection (special screening) at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.
He began his industry career in the early 1970's as a film editor in documentaries and commercials. Within a couple of years he was producing, and headed a highly successful commercial production company. He ran a large Sydney film laboratory for two years in the late 70's, before forming Australia's first visual effects company in 1983. He worked as visual effects supervisor on a number of Australian films.
He returned to producing and, in 1990, joined forces with Alex Proyas at Meaningful Eye Contact, producing numerous music videos & commercials directed by Proyas. In 1993 Mason served as visual effects supervisor and second unit director on The Crow, directed by Proyas.
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