Mark – a cinematographer, a lighting guru and a skiing fan. Positive, enthusiastic and full of creative ideas! Meet Mark! : )
Are you happy? What makes you happy?
I often try to be happy, even when I’m down I find that there’s always something to be positive about. I like to say yes to as much as I can and take chances. From that I’ve found a lot of satisfaction in trying new things.
What was your dream job when you were a child?
When I was young I never knew exactly what I wanted to do, but from a young age I figured I was artistic and wanted to express my creative side. I picked up an old camera when I was a teenager and photographed everything. It was a great outlet for me and I loved capturing unique moments. I took it from there and moved in that direction.
What do you do now and how did you get there?
I work in the film industry as a spark, which is an on set lighting technician. I also work as a cinematographer, shooting music videos. I started my career whilst studying film at university, getting trainee jobs on short films and promo pieces. I found that I love working in lighting, as it’s a nice mixture between being technical and creative. It also allows me the opportunity to get out and work in many different places which can be really interesting.
What are your current plans?
Most recently I’ve worked on ‘Home’, a music video for Scouting For Girls as a DP (director of photography), which was directed by Liam Hooper at 2050 Films. On this, I crafted the camera and lighting in the film to depict an ethereal and lighthearted vibe with a natural aesthetic that the director was after. The story tells a heartwarming tale of loneliness, set against the youthfully innocent world of a young girl’s imagination. Full of fantasy and daydream, the video has film-like characteristics, reminiscent of suburban indie cinema. We’re really proud of it and think it’s a great story, paying homage to films such as Drop Dead Fred and Little Miss Sunshine.
You can watch it now on Facebook: