About Me

17-07

Yo, what's up?

If I haven't already thanked you for coming by: thank you! It means a lot. Here is some information about me:

Undergrad Film
I went to undergrad at Cornell University where I converted freshman year from a major in Government, to one in Theater Arts. Film was not (and is not as far as I know) its own major at Cornell's School of Arts & Sciences and so the major was TA with a concentration in Film. It was a relatively small program there that spread the cirriculum between film production and film analysis. I loved the film production and hated the film analysis. Our class (Class of '97!!) was probably one of the last ones to not use digital at all- we were shooting on 16mm reversal and splicing on flatbed editors. My first film was about a helium balloon that became self-aware and strangled people as it searched for its creator. My second film film was an ode to Hong Kong action flicks whose production was nearly shut down permanently when the campus police confiscated my japanese import replica Glock 9 handguns after I failed to report my film shoot causing nearby construction workers to panic at the sight of several armed Korean guys running around college town. In my senior year, I asked my film analysis professor (who was also my advisor) how I should go about finding work in film. He looked at me blankly and said, "This is a liberal arts education here. This isn't a trade school where we teach you that." (That's a 100% true story...from an Ivy League school professor!! - mc).

Post grad
Through a friend of my girlfriend's parents, I found my first job in New York City as a production assistant on a music video for a catchy dance song that I couldn't get out of my head the whole summer. It was a grueling 15 hour shoot that started at 5pm and ended at 7am the next morning. It was filmed in an abandoned warehouse somewhere in Brooklyn or Queens in the middle of summer and the lights were so hot that the entire crew stripped down nearly naked in a futile attempt to be a bit cooler. I made good friends with the 1st assistant director and the production coordinator, and stuck with them for the next 8 months working on music videos and commercials. I worked on a commercial for Chef Boy-R-Dee, and music videos for Blues Traveller and Jay-Z. Jay-Z's "Streets is Watching" movie video was probably the worst experience of life as a PA which involved me basically showing up at the apartment of the producer and refusing to leave until I got paid. PA work can be real rough and you need to be able to deal with a lot of instability and be constantly on the lookout for more work. By the February after graduating from college, I was threw in the towel and got a fulltime job at an advertising agency (Grey Advertising).

Web Design
The bubble was growing and the internet was hotttt!!! I started to learn web design and web programming on my own and managed to pickup enough clients to do it full time. I quit the ad agency and worked independently for a year before rejoining corporate america- this time it was a financial trading company whose e-commerce department was about to explode. There I learned more about web programming and application and ultimately became a tech lead there before leaving once again to be freelance.

MBA, Movies, and MTV
As a freelance web developer, I also enrolled in business school at Rutgers University and paid my way through their part-time program. The freedom to work my own hours for clients worked well with the evening classes and study commitments. I turned 29 during my final year of business school and the film bug came back with an awful vengeance. I vowed to make a film after I graduated. I wrote a the script for Deployment Strategy in my final semester and started pre-production after graduating that summer. The film started shooting in December of 2005 and wrapped in the first week of 2006 - a little over a month before my 31st birthday and two weeks before starting my new full time job at MTV Networks' Nickelodeon as a web developer.

Deployment Strategy was in post-production for a year and completely wrapped in the summer of 2007. It toured the festival circuit for about a year and was picked up by distributor IndiePix in the spring of 2008.



Read the film synopsis and director's statement here.

Thank you

I definately echo with you. I'm actor, not a filmmaer, but I've been juggling between working at Corproate Amerca as a Day Trade, and act whenever I can. It's about 'Living a Life' versus 'Bread & Butter.'

I'm glad that you followed your heart and completed the film.

Looking forward to see more of your awesome works.

Regards,

Wayne
http://www.wayneonline.net

Inspiring

I just happened to stumble upon your site and I love it. Your story is an inspiration. I am working on my first sci-fi project with a friend of mine in Japan. I'm soaking up as much as I can. I've never done anything sci-fi before, but my friend is a Manga artist and this is his thing. He likes my cinematography, but knows I have zero knowledge on the subject of animation, but is gracious enough to want to work with me anyway (for which I am truly grateful). Do you have any advice I can build on or books that could help me before I hop back on the plane for Japan.
Thanks Roan

my friends site
manicworks.com

my work
youtube.com/roanfilms

Impressive site

In viewing your site, I was wondering if you are the Mark Cheng who married Jennifer Tang in June 2001 with me as the officiant. Wishing you well in all your endeavors. Fr. Ivan

Oh my goodness!!

Father Ivan, It's amazing to hear from you!! Yes it is Jen and I! Jen is the co-producer on this film. How are you!? Please send us an email using the "Contact Me" link so we can correspond directly. How did you stumble upon this site?!

mc

Cool Bro!

Love your courage and determination. Keep it up. I work with Insight Grey in Nigeria. I look forward to communicate with you more. I just finish the 4th season of a reality show here in Nigeria. After the reveal programme of the winner I will get in touch with you. Thanks.

Mark good luck! :)

I'll try and be there Friday!
Mike

Awsome

I've always loved to hear stories like this, and yours is no different. As someone interested in film (obviously) your definitly an inspiration, just for getting it done.

"I must. . ."

to mirror others' comments, thank you. it is very inspirational. that is going to be my new mantra, "i must. . ."

Dude....

I'm so very impressed. Inspires me to push myself more. Thank you.

Who Am I and why in the world...
...am i doing this?? I ask myself this all the freaking time but the conclusion is always the same- I don't know why, all I know is that I just must, must, must make this film...

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