After making 8mm films throughout high school, and graduating with a Film & Television degree from Loyola-Marymount University, Mark began his career by founding Mambrino Productions, Hollywood, a producer of commercials, corporate videos and sports documentaries. He emerged in the 1980’s as an award-winning director/cameraman and producer on over 250 commercials and corporate sales/training videos for clients such as Honeywell, Ford Motor Company, Clark Equipment Co., Kawasaki, Redken Labs, Allergan Pharmaceuticals and Disneyland.
His work earned national awards including New York Intl. Film Festival Gold Award, Chicago Intl. Film Festival First Place, Gold Cindy Award, Local EMMY award, Clio Finalist, ITVA Silver Angel.
After a successful 10-year run as a partner in Mambrino, Mark became a freelance artist. In this capacity he formed associations with other creative producers that allowed him to expand into shooting home video, cable TV and feature films. When not working as a Director of Photography, he has co-produced five one-hour TV documentaries, two pilots and two independent feature films.
As a freelance IATSE director of photography, his work includes 21 feature films and six features as 2nd Unit DP, mostly shot on 35mm, and the most recent on digital formats. He directs and shoots creative re-enactments for History Channel and Discovery Networks docs, and he regularly leverages his film-lighting expertise to shoot award-winning docs and factual shows for A&E, ESPN, TLC, MSNBC, HBO, Lifetime, Travel Channel, Speed Channel, True TV, Spike and PBS.