In 8 years I have grown from a scratch theatre night to having music-videos, narrative drama shown around the world, with multiple nominations and award winning content.
I am a puppeteer and all of my creations are designed, hand-made from scratch, constantly evolving and have appeared in three nominated/award winning music-videos.
I started out as runner on Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and went onto work on various films from Superman IV, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Judge Dredd, Roger Rabbit and Nightbreed.
I studied Special Effects make-up in New York USA
Trained at drama school in Brighton and appeared in several plays and promenade theatre.
Employing a wide skill-set from scriptwriting, cinematography, editing and colour grading.
A life is not revealed by a list.
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A long time ago in a...
Cinema in Watford watching Star Wars at 8 years old set me on a path.
Eight years later and I was working on Jim Henson's Labyrinth - Shielding David Bowie from artificial rain, seeing Christopher Reeve for the first time in full costume on Superman IV.
I grew older and I wanted something else and within three years I was applying prosthetic make-up, mixing blood on Nightbreed and eating my packed lunch in Gotham City.
My somewhat short lived career ended in the 90's working on Frankenstein and finally Judge Dredd. Time had moved on and I had grown up. I wanted to tell my own stories and I left the industry behind to pursue these goals.
Closer you must look...
I worked for companies both corporate, commercial, public, private, retail and health work. Attended drama school, performed at the Venice Bienalle, Brighton and London, filmed in the New Forest, wrote plays and more.
I also suffered kidney failure and it truly scuppered my plans. It can do that. However, time and one transplant later does make a huge difference.
In 2015 with some encouragement from my wife, I created Theatre on Wax. A no-budget, scratch theatre night. My inner 8-year-old was restored (except he was older). All of that love, curiosity and joy has spilled into my work and over the past 5 years since that opening night at The LP Cafe Theatre On Wax has grown to accommodate my passion.
it is brilliant!
Louder Than Words
''There’s something alluring that strikes a chord within the video.''
Brilliant! Paganistic & haunting.
Love this! What is it? What does it mean? Watch & meaning unfolds without logic, entering on a deeper level. Mysterious and beautiful.
Always in motion...
I have composed nominated and award winning content for my narrative work (Heaven's Rage), music-videos (Nervus, Mikado Soul, Minnie Birch, Nervus and Tom Craven).
I would like to do more.
Far, far away...
I value my work so much. It is with great pride and joy that I do it. I can bring all of that to your passion too.
Sometimes we can't always find the right way to tell our own story but together we can open up a path to some great content.
There is a part of me is still sitting in a faded, red cinema seat in Watford, with the smell of popcorn in my nostrils waiting for the expectant murmur of chatter to slip into the dark as the new worlds are illuminated on the screen.
Come, join me for some popcorn and let’s make some beautiful worlds.
Fun facts about Mark
Mark supports Watford FC.
Has an unusual love of porridge and eats it every morning.
Had a staring contest with Robert De Niro
Got run over after watching Ghostbusters instead of Gremlins.
Dressed as Batman got lost on a fun run for charity
Went to the UK's first ever Comic Convention
Companions - My lovely wife Sheelagh, two cats Smudge and Florence. I like to think of my lost companions and family too. Like my beautiful pets like Lizzy, Lilly, Dusty and Florence. My wonderful Dad, Uncles and friends. I miss and love them all.
Weakness - Porridge and oat based food.
Strength - Broccoli