Creative, award winning film editor involved in cinema for over 30 years
Film lecturer and mentor
Filmmaker, experience in camera, script writing and script editing
Own Avid suite based in Orkney and will travel
Mark began life in the cinema over 30 years ago at the age of 18 when he became a projectionist at the Odeon, Chester. Six years later saw him become the youngest ever Odeon Chief Projectionist, and two years later he moved on to become Chief at The Cameo, Edinburgh. Mark saw three Edinburgh Film Festivals there, and even after leaving spent many years as The Cameo’s Technical Liaison Officer.
1996 – present: Film Editor
In 1995 Mark graduated from Napier University, Edinburgh with a PG Diploma in Film & TV Production, where he learnt the craft of cinematography and scriptwriting. A chance of editing his first film came that same year, from which he gained his first BAFTA Scotland award as Best Technician. He continued to work as a first and second assistant in the camera department but it was film editing that quickly became his main vocation.
In 1999 Mark and co-writer/director Martin Morrison received a BBC 2 10 x 10 short film commission. The film, which Mark also edited, won a BAFTA Scotland Best Short Film award. Over the years Mark has edited fiction, documentaries and commercials for a wide range of directors and companies including BBC, STV, C4 and CBBC. These films have picked up a further four BAFTA Scotland awards and over fifty awards and nominations from film festivals around the world.
1998 – present: Film Educator
Mark began teaching and lecturing in 1998 and has taught film editing and filmmaking at levels from schoolchildren to MA certificate. Clients include Screen Academy Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Scottish Screen, Sony Screentime, SKAMM, The Pier Arts Centre, Inverness Film Festival and Orkney College UHI. In 2010 he helped produce the content for the post production section in Creative Scotland’s ‘Moving Image Education’ website. He is currently working on a revamp with audio visual material. In 2015 he was part of the team that developed UHI’s Contemporary Filmmaking in the Highlands & Islands BA Hons, which will be starting in Sept 2016.
2007 – present: Filmmaker
Since moving to Orkney 8 years ago, Mark has made over thirty short films including ‘Gunnie’ – commemorating the life of photographer Gunnie Moberg, ‘Reflections‘ – the life and work of artist Sylvia Wishart, ‘The Imaginary Worlds of Scapa Flow‘ – a 35 min docu-drama produced as part of a Pier Arts Centre film residency, and ‘Surface’.
In 2011 Mark became Film Representative for Orkney Arts Forum, a consultation group for the arts development service within Orkney Islands Council.
In 2012 Mark set up West Side Cinema, a not-for-profit fortnightly film society in Stromness, Orkney. The venture has been very successful and programmes have included filmmaker talks and workshops. West Side Cinema featured in Cinema For All’s Scottish Starter Pack, in Den of Geek’s 51 Brilliant Independent Cinemas in the UK, and in 2015 was been shortlisted for Best Film Programming at the Cinema For All national awards.
In 2015 Mark became a trustee of Regional Screen Scotland, the national development agency for independent cinemas, film clubs and film festivals.
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