Martino was on the frontier of the blossoming industry when he joined Cranston/Csuri Productions in 1983, where he designed, animated and produced computer animation for such clients as ABC, CBS, NBC, HBO and ESPN. Martino's design and animation work led to his personal recognition and the studio's garnering of awards from the Broadcast Designers Association, The International Monitor Awards and numerous film festivals.
In 1987, Martino moved to Los Angeles to help start MetroLight Studios, which gained a reputation for award winning design, visual effects and animation. With Martino as one of the creative directors, MetroLight's work earned the Academy Award in 1991 for visual effects on the film Total Recall. That same year, Martino won a Primetime Emmy Award for his direction of the main title graphics for ABC's World of Discovery.
Driven by a desire to produce original content and explore interactive storytelling, Martino joined 7th Level Studios in 1994 as the Vice President of Creative. Martino's work with Howie Mandel on the Lil' Howie's Fun House series, and his collaboration with Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle on Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life netted awards and recognition in the field of interactive entertainment.
In 1997, Martino helped start a second studio, Click 3X LA, where he was a partner and Director of Animation. Click 3X LA gained a reputation for the design and production of visual effects and animation for advertising, television, features and Imax films. It was during this time that Martino began directing commercials and leading larger teams of animators in producing character animation for longer form television movies.
Martino came to Blue Sky Studios in 2002 as Art Director for the feature film Robots. He collaborated with Chris Wedge and William Joyce to create the movie's wholly imagined, whimsical world for which he received an Annie nomination (Production Design). As Robots hit the theaters, Martino was tapped to direct (with Jimmy Hayward) Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! The film, starring Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Carol Burnett, was released to critical acclaim and box office success in 2008.
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