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Senior Lecturer in Cinematography
Mark began his visual career as a widely-published reportage photographer before studying Cinematography at the National Film and Television School in the early 1990s. He joined the Northern Film School in 2012. His cinematography has taken him all over the world working on a variety of genres, including dramas, commercials, documentaries, music videos and viral videos. Many of his projects have been critically acclaimed and award winning; BAFTA, Royal Television Society, Broadcast, Promax and Grierson awards among others.
Mark continues to shoot regularly, with recent projects including two period dramas for artist Jasmina Cibic’s Pavilion Of Slovenia at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Additional cinematography on; Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s documentary The 50 Year Argument which premiered in 2014 at the Sheffield Doc/Fest; Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013; and on We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, which was nominated for a BAFTA in 2014.
Other credits include the documentaries Saying It For The Girls (BAFTA finalist), and China Power: The Great Chinese Art Revolution (C4 True Stories, HDFEST winner), the dramas Life for Daniel and Cash in Hand and many commercials and music clips. Some of Mark’s work can be viewed at Lighting Camera.
Mark has designed and taught many short courses and master classes. He was the first Westerner to guest lecture for the Asian Film Academy at the Busan International Film Festival and he has also taught on the British Council’s film-industry restructuring programme in Sierra Leone.
As a Cinematographer, Mark has a strong interest in the emerging role of the Director of Imaging, and believes in embracing this greater visual storytelling role. Mark is also an advocate of programming that makes a difference to people’s lives that tell stories that need to be told, bringing them to a wider audience in a way that engages and informs. Since arriving at the Northern Film School, he has brought students on a number of his shoots and overseen a major camera and lighting re-equipment programme. He has gained the PGCHE University Lecturers post-graduate qualification, been awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has been nominated for three teaching awards by his students.