Mark has forged strong working relationships with many of his clients and colleagues. Here is a selection of their comments.
"Mark's underwater photography is truly excellent. Naturally it is stunning to look at, but crucially it tells a story. Something far too few underwater cinematographers achieve. Mark also has the benefits of being a very proficient topside shooter. He's a pleasure to work with and I'll be using him again."
Barny Revill, Series Producer/Director. Life at the Extreme with Davina McCall
"Mark was engaged to film the bulk of a diverse range of wildlife and people stories on this high profile series for BBC One and PBS America and spent five weeks in the wilderness in order to capture the footage required for this series. We were quickly reaping the benefits of a whole host of his skills that, along with his underwater and topside filming experience, included dealing with on screen talent, and a variety of contributors and wildlife in logistically demanding locations.
I could trust him to take editorial control of content when access to stories only allowed one or two people on the ground. Throughout this long period on location his stamina, resilience and good humour not only cemented great relationships between our project and the scientists and guides involved, he also delivered beautifully shot and considered pictures of the wildlife and people of Alaska."
Vanessa Coates, Senior Producer, Wild Alaska Live
"I edited Mark's footage for the award-winning film JAGO and it was a real treat. The most impressive thing about the rushes was Mark's instinct when action was happening. The choices he made were invariably spot-on and I had the privilege of being able to let some of the most beautiful underwater shots I've seen just run and run. His instinct and skill enabled us to end the film with an unbroken single take following a Bajau hunter descend to a reef and spear a fish - the shot lasts for about two minutes! It perfectly highlights Mark’s innate knack for cinematic composition and his finely tuned reactions when the action kicks off. I look forward to getting my hands on some more of his rushes!”
Sam Rogers, Editor. Jago: A Life Underwater
"Mark is a creative, versatile and hard-working wildlife cameraman who captures beautiful sequences both above and below water. His underwater shooting, in particular, always delivers enough instinctive shot variety to create full sequences, which are a pleasure to work with. He interprets a brief extremely well, giving producers like me great confidence in his ability to deliver, often beyond expectations. He is also great fun and one of the nicest people to have on your team.”
Hayley Smith, Series Producer. The Secret Life of Arabian Animals (WT)
"Mark is great to work with - funny and very talented and my top choice of underwater cameraman. We have dived a lot together and he is extremely reliable underwater where there are so many more challenges than on the surface. A great member of the crew - he keeps everyone’s spirits up when things get a bit tough!
Mark and I have worked together for many years. He is a very versatile cameraman who will always go that extra mile to get a shot or to frame it beautifully. Nothing is too much trouble and everything is done to the highest standard. He is a fantastic crew member with a very positive attitude, even in the freezing cold water of the UK."
Miranda Krestovnikoff, Presenter. The One Show
"I have worked with Mark on many occasions and thrown plenty at him - sync and studio set ups, long lens, tank work, infrared and macro. Whether he’s up to his waist in a river or thirty feet underground in a cave, lighting for an interview or following a bird at the end of a lens, Mark delivers every time. He’s versatile and creative. He thinks in sequences and works hard to give plenty of options in the edit. He’s also a thoroughly good bloke and a pleasure to be with on a shoot."
Hannah Hoare, Producer/Director (www.hannahvision.com)
“It’s always a pleasure to work with Mark. He is generous of spirit and always happy to contribute ideas editorially, as well as volunteering pertinent and helpful technical suggestions. Extremely passionate about delivering top quality shots, and knowledgeable about kit, he covers sequences comprehensively. He also works extremely hard, whatever the conditions, always keeping a smile on his face. He’s an asset to any production”
Chiara Bellati, Series Producer. Beach House Pictures (Wild City)
On Jago: A Life Underwater:
It's enchanting. Absolutely enchanting. Mesmerising.
It is so, so good. Such a great idea, and so bravely realised, uncompromised, complete.
It's the best thing I’ve seen in ages , I was held spellbound throughout. And Mark's photography was superb.
Chris Packham, Presenter.