DIRECTER | CINEMATOGRAPHER | EDITOR

MARK IS AN AWARD WINNING FILMMAKER SPECIALISING IN FILMS THAT EXPLORE REALITY BEYOND THE LIMITS OF CULTURAL CONDITIONING. A COMMON THREAD THROUGHOUT ALL HIS WORK IS ONE THAT EXPLORES AND CELEBRATES THE NATURAL BEAUTY UNFOLDING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. HE HAS ALWAYS SEEN LIFE AS A GIFT OVERLOOKED BY MODERN HUMANITY IN SEARCH FOR MATERIAL WEALTH. INSTEAD OF CHASING THESE COMMON IDEALS, HE HAS BEEN DRIVEN BY HIS LOVE FOR THE NATURAL WORLD WHEREBY HE HAS TRAVELLED TO AROUND 50 COUNTRIES TO EXPLORE THE BEAUTY, STILLNESS AND SERENITY OF LIFE – AS IT NATURALLY APPEARS TO BE. HIS CURIOSITY AND LOVE FOR LIFE HAS INSPIRED HIM TO FIND WAYS TO FRAME THESE INSIGHTS TO SHARE A FRESH PERSPECTIVE.

THE EARLY YEARS OF MARKS CAREER, WERE SPENT DEVELOPING HIS SKILLS IN THE EXTREME SPORTS INDUSTRY. CLIENTS SUCH AS RED BULL AND MANY OTHERS, GAVE HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO FRAME THE LIVES OF THE MOST EXTREME ATHLETES ON THE PLANET. IN 2011 HIS SHORT FILM “UNCOMMON IDEALS”, WAS SCREENED AT SXSW AS ONE OF THE TOP ACTION-SPORTS SHORTS OF THE YEAR. THE FILM WON MULTIPLE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS AND WAS RUNNER UP AT THE VIMEO AWARDS FOR BEST ACTION-SPORT SHORT FILM IN 2012.

 

 

 

 

IN 2015 MARK INDEPENDENTLY COMPLETED HIS FIRST FEATURE FILM, “THE SALT TRAIL” – A PHILOSOPHICAL, PORTRAYAL, OF THOSE WHO FEARLESSLY CHOOSE TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE COMFORTS OF MODERN SOCIETY. “THE SALT TRAIL”, WAS AWARDED FOR BEST FILM, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AND VIEWERS CHOICE AT MANY OF THE INTERNATIONAL SURF FILM FESTIVALS FOR THE FOLLOWING THREE YEARS.

 

IN 2017 MARK WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO TELL THE STORY OF NIC DE JESUS – AN INCREDIBLY TALENTED ARTIST.  THE FILM DIVES DEEP INTO THE MECHANICS OF HIS MIND TO UNDERSTAND WHERE HIS INSPIRATION COMES FROM.  MARK CLOSELY OBSERVED HIM AS HE WORKED ON A BODY OF WORK CALLED ‘A LIGHT IN THE VALLEY.’  WHICH EXPLORES THE FORMLESS ASPECT OF HIS MIND BY CLOSELY OBSERVING AND EXTRACTING INSPIRATION FROM THE LANDSCAPES AROUND HIM.

HIS MOST RECENT PROJECT, “CHASING THE PRESENT”, TOOK AN UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH. THIS FILM HAS TAKEN A UNIQUE DIRECTION, PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE DOCUMENTARY FORM, WHILST FRAMING AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT MESSAGE. THE SPONTANEOUS IDEA AROSE IN 2016, THAT SENT HIM AND SOME FILMMAKERS ON A 6 MONTH TRIP TO SEE IF THE FILM COULD DEVELOP ORGANICALLY BY  IMMERSING THEMSELVES IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. SIX MONTHS TURNED INTO THREE YEARS, AND “CHASING THE PRESENT” EVOLVED INTO A DEEPLY IMMERSIVE FEATURE FILM, EXPLORING THE ROOT CAUSE OF SUFFERING, THE MYSTERY OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE NATURE OF THE SELF.

I OWN ALL MY OWN GEAR INCLUDING A RED DRAGON CAMERA KIT, CANON CN-E LENSES, WATER PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT, LEICA M7 FOR ANALOGUE SHOOTS, BASIC AUDIO SET UP (INCLUDING BOTH CLIP AND BOOM MICS, EDITING STUDIO AND MORE

“It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.” 

― KRISHNAMURTI