I got started...
when I can remember I've always loved watching cartoons. I
grew up knowing I wanted to do a job I'd really enjoy.
started off by doing a GNVQ in art and design at college,
then went on to university to do visual communication which
involved illustration, time based media (moving pictures)
photography and loads more things to do with the arts. The
more I learnt about animation the more I realised how similar
it was to making movies.
went to university and got a degree to show my family, friends
and people in my community that you can be whatever you want
behind my films...
areas of my life and things that I see happening around me
give me the inspiration for my films.
u didn't know about' is aimed at the contemporary youth culture
and the bling bling lifestyle. Some young people see bling
bling as the way forward to being successful..
film is about four friends that used to be in a gang. Three
left the gang but one is still left in. The friends sit around
talking about how it used to be back in the day and how it
point I'm trying to get across in the film is that not all
young black males are going to be drug dealers. There's lots
of guys out there that want to achieve, have goals and ambitions.
involved in the production of 'What U didn't know about' are
all Birmingham based.
the actors are from hip-hop crews. They've done some drama
in the past but on a lot smaller scale. The film was an opportunity
for them to show their acting skills. The music in the film
was supplied by local producers Dark Quartz and the Royalst.
I want to show people that there's so much talent out there
in our community and it should be exploited positively.
talent in Birmingham is amazing we just need a big break.
making of .. 'What U didn't know about'
best part of making the film is when I started to see things
coming together. The was a point where everything was going
really slow. I couldn't get any actors, camera people, lighting
people, nothing at all.
Birmingham there's so many people that want to do music but
on the visual side of things like making films there's only
a small handful of people that can help. And a lot of them
are all about getting paid.
making the film
really had a laugh while filming. Loads of times throughout
we would stop and have debates about the topics talked about
in the film. Sometimes we'd forget we're supposed to be on
set making a film and we'd end up talking about anything and
film set turned out to be a meeting place for people to meet
and talk. My cousin would say to me "Who's all these
people coming to my house knocking on my door
think it's important for young black men to sit down, talk
to each other and debate issues. The role models that they
see out there on the street are so negative. The bigger man
on the corner may have nice designer clothes, gold, nice little
pretty girl on his arm. But you see him in the signing on
office every fortnight. What's that all about?
lot young black men nowadays are not looking at those role
models anymore and that's encouraging to see.
U didn't know about -
Join in the debate
a girl looks for in a man is his appearance!
Girls what U saying?..
love the ghetto fabulous too much. If you aint branded
you can't get no respect..
what U saying?..
next for Mark ...
got quite a few projects in the pipeline at the moment.
keep getting asked
"When you gonna make a film
for the girls?" So at the moment I'm putting some ideas
together for a film that will involve mainly women. It will
probably be a spin off of - 'What U didn't know about'.
go for it!!!
I was at school, I was always being told to be a postman or
a policeman etc... But I was never ever told to be anything
more then what I really could be
guess my first role models were the mans I used to see standing
on street corners. They looked successful having loads of
money in their pockets, looking happy, nice girl on their
arm. I just wanted to be like them.
didn't really know what success was until I got older and
wiser. Now I know to be successful you need to be doing it
the right way.
advice to young people is that you'll get loads of obstacles
put in your way but you have to overcome them and just keep
If you really want to do something just go for it !!!