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Mark is a film director, cinematographer, editor, colourist and photographer driven by his love for the natural world. Over the past 10 years he has travelled to around 50 countries to explore 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 his 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 2013, 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.


Early 2014 he set off around the world to direct the award winning travel show, Peeta Planet, a 12 part travel series for broadcast shot on location in India, Philippines, South Africa, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil, Jordan, Spain, Greece, Italy and Jakarta

 

 His most recent project, “Chasing the Present”, took an unconventional approach, 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. Six months turned into three years, and “Chasing the Present” evolved into a deeply immersive feature film, exploring the root cause of mental suffering, the mystery of consciousness and the nature of the Self.

 

In addition to the projects featured on this site, I Mark works regularly as a freelance director, cinematographer and editor on a wide variety of television and banded content around the world. If you would like collaborate feel free to get in touch.

Chasing the Present: Feature documentary 2020

Best documentary: Rhode Island international Film Festival

Best documentary: Chelsea International Film Festival

Best documentary: Awareness film festival

Best Documentary: Rishikesh international Film Festival

Best Cinematography: Awareness film festival

Best documentary: Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival

Official Selection: Manchester International Film Festival

Official Selection: Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival

Official Selection: BZN International Film Festival

Official Selection: TRAVEL FILM International Film Festival

Official Selection: Esoteric International Film Festival

Official Selection: Wallachia Int’l Film Festiva

Official Selection: Believe Psychology Film Festival

The Salt Trail – Feature film (2015)

Grand Prize: Best Feature film, Aotearoa Surf Film Festival

Grand Prize: Best feature film, Portuguese surf film festival

Winner, Best cinematography, Bells Beach festival

Winner: Best Cinematography, Aotearoa Surf Film Festival

Winner: Best Sound Track, Aotearoa Surf Film Festival

Winner: Best British Film, London Surf FIlm Festival

Winner: Best Cinematography, London Surf Film Festival

Winner: Viewers choice award, Surf and Skate festival, Munich

Winner: Best Cinematography, Carolina Surf Film Festival

Official selection, WaveScape surf Film Festival (South Africa)

Official Selection, Nord Nordwest Surf Film Fest (Hamburg)

Official Selection, Surf and Skate festival (Munich)

Official Selection, Approaching Lines festival (UK)

Official Selection, Honolulu Surf Film Festival (Hawaii)

Official Selection, Ombak surf film festival (Bali)

Official Selection, DAFF Danish Adventure Film Festival

Official Selection, O’Neill Sydney Surf Film Festival

Official Selection, Noosa Surf Film Festival (Australia)

Official Selection, Lorne Film festival (Australia)

Uncommon Ideals – Short Film (2012)

Winner, Best Cinematography, Lisbon Surf Film Festival 2012 

Winner, Best Short Film  Lisbon Surf Film Festival 2012 – 

Winner, Best Short Film, London Surf Film Festival 2011 – 

Winner, Best Short Film, San Sebastian Surf Film Festival 2011 

Winner, Best Artistic Film, Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2012  

Winner, 2011 Short Film Of The Year, Carve Surfing Magazine – 

Runner Up Best Short Film, Canadian Surf Film Festival 2011 – 

Official Selection, Surfer Magazine Poll Awards 2012 

Official Selection, Vimeo Awards 2012 – Action Sports

Official Selection, Ombak Bali Festival 2012 

Official Selection, Hamburg Surf Film Festival 2012 

Official Selection, 5 Point Festival 2012 Winter Film Series – 

Official Selection, Waimea Ocean Festival – 

Official Selection, Honolulu Surf Film Festival – 

Official Selection, San Francisco Ocean Festival –

Official Selection, SXSW x Vimeo 2012 Action Sports Film Night – 

Official Selection, The Boardroom International Surfboard Show Short Film Festival – 

Selected Screenings, Hansel Of Film 2012 – 

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

― KRISHNAMURTI