From the documentary

"Cinematographer Style"

1980

               

 MARK IRWIN   CSC/ASC

Born: 7 August 1950, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Education: University of Waterloo [Political Science]; York University, Toronto [Filmmaking; 1970-73].

Career: 'My father was a metallurgist for the Royal Canadian Navy. He was also the superintendent of Sunday schools run by the United Church of Canada. When I was five or six years old, I was shown how to thread the filmstrip projector used at our Sunday school. He put me in charge of setting it up and threading it. One day I looked at the image in the gate and realized it was upside down and backward. I took it upon myself to unthread and respool it so it ended up in the gate right side up and frontward. Of course, it was projected upside down and backwards. That was my first lesson about optics. [...] There was an audio-visual department at school. I became the AV geek who pushed the little cart with the 16mm film, slide and filmstrip projectors from schoolroom to schoolroom. That led me to an interest in taking pictures. I began shooting little movies in 1963 or 1964. We bought a Bolex Double 8 camera.'

After graduating from the University, he went to work for Alar Kivilo. 'We were shooting short-ends with a big old Mitchell camera. It was actually a very low budget porno film. Jock Brandis, a gaffer who owned some lights, was the director of photography. Alar was the operator, because he knew how to use a gear head. I was the assistant. That first film led to other work. I bought a CP16 reflex camera around 1976 and was shooting very low budget films. I caught a break when Ed Hunt directed a film called 'Point of No Return'. He had an argument with the cinematographer who got angry and threw his light meter into the harbor and walked off the set on Thanksgiving Day. I got a call while I was home carving the turkey. Ed asked if I could take over that night. The following year I shot a science fiction film called 'Starship Invasions'. It was the first feature I shot in 35mm format.' [From the KODAK OnFilm website.]

Moved to Santa Barbara, California, USA, in 1987.

Ph 16mm doc's and industrial films.

Joined the CSC in 1970 as a film student. Became active member of the ASC in 1992.

Appeared in the CD-ROM 'Movie School Encyclopedia' [a crash course on how to prod, dir, write, shoot and edit movies] of the Cyber Film School and the doc's 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan] & 'Northern Lights' [2008, dir/ph by Antonio Galloro; 90m].

Awards: CSC Award [1983] & 'Genie' Award nom [1984] for 'Videodrome'; CSC Award [1984] for 'The Dead Zone'; CSC Award [1985] for 'Youngblood'; CSC Award [1986] for 'The Fly'.

Website: Mark Irwin



 FEATURE FILMS

1975

Point of No Return/Never Look Back [Ed Hunt] 16mm-35bu/c

1976

Starship Invasions/Alien Encounter/War of the Aliens/Project Genocide [Ed Hunt] c; sfx ph: Dennis Pike

1977

Blood & Guts [Paul Lynch] c

1977

Plague/M3: The Gemini Strain/Mutation/Induced Syndrome [Ed Hunt] c

1978

Fast Company [David Cronenberg] c; 2uc: Robert Holmes

1978

The Brood/La clinique de la terreur [David Cronenberg] c

1979

Tanya's Island [Alfred Sole] c

1979

Funeral Home/Cries in the Night [William Fruet] c

1979

Scanners/Telepathy 2000 [David Cronenberg] c

1980

Bike Busters [?] ?; cph: Barry Stone & John Walker

1980

Night School/Terror Eyes [Kenneth Hughes] c; addph: Austin de Besche

1980

Trapped/Baker County, U.S.A./The Killer Instinct [William Fruet] c; cph: Matthew Patrick

1981

Spasms/Death Bite [William Fruet] c; addph: Maris Jansons; 2uc: Miklos Lente, John Walker & Vic Sarin

1981

Videodrome/Zonekiller [David Cronenberg] c

1983

The Dead Zone [David Cronenberg] c; uwph: John Stoneman

1985

The Protector/Wei long meng tan [Jackie Chan & James Glickenhaus] c; ph Hong Kong version: Chang Yao Chu; aph: Al Cerullo

1985

Youngblood [Peter Markle] c; 2uc: Alec Hirschfeld

1985

The Fly [David Cronenberg] c; addph: Kenneth Post & Robin Miller

1986

The Hanoi Hilton [Lionel Chetwynd] c

1987

Buckeye and Blue [J.C. Compton] c

1987

Love at Stake/Burnin' Love [John Moffitt] c

1987

Fright Night Part 2 [Tommy Lee Wallace] p/c; addph: Karen Grossman; vfx ph: John Huneck

1988

The Blob [Chuck Russell] c; addph: Eric Goldstein; remake of film (1957, Irwin S. Yeaworth Jr,; ph: Thomas Spalding)

1988

Paint It Black [Tim Hunter] c

1988

Bat*21 [Peter Markle] c; + aerial & spotter plane ph; 2uc: Philip Holahan; vfx ph: John Huneck & Michael Griffin

1988

Pass the Ammo [David Beaird] c

1988

Class of 1999 [Mark L. Lester] c

1989

I Come in Peace/Dark Angel [Craig R. Baxley] c; addph: Arthur R. Botham

1989

Terror Eyes [Eric Parkinson, Michael Rissi & Stephen Sommers] c; cph: Robert Grant

[Right] with dir Irvin Kershner - "RoboCop 2"

1989

RoboCop 2 [Irvin Kershner] c; 2uc: Jamie Anderson

1991

Showdown in Little Tokyo [Mark L. Lester] c

1992

Passenger 57 [Kevin Hooks] J-D-C Scope/c

1992

[S.I.S. -] Extreme Justice [Mark L. Lester] c; addph: Edward J. Pei

1992

Slaughter of the Innocents [James Glickenhaus] c

1992

April One/Stand Off [Murray Battle] c

1993

Man's Best Friend [John Lafia] c

1993

The Mask [Charles Russell] c; addph; ph: John R. Leonetti

1993

D2 - The Mighty Ducks [Sam Weisman] c; 2uc: Joel King

1994

Wes Craven's New Nightmare/A Nightmare on Elm Street 7 [Wes Craven] c; 2uc: Eric Goldstein

1994

Dumb & Dumber/Dumb Happens [Peter Farrelly] c; 2uc: Robert D. Tomer (Colorado), Michael Lund (Utah) & Brian Heller (Providence)

1994

Night of the Running Man [Mark L. Lester] c

1994

Vampire in Brooklyn [Wes Craven] c

1995

Kingpin [Peter & Bobby Farrelly] c; 2uc: Robert Tomer

1996

Robin of Locksley [Michael Kennedy] c

1996

Scream [Wes Craven] Clairmont-Scope/c; addph: Peter Deming

1996

Steel [Kenneth Johnson] c

1997

Misbegotten [Mark L. Lester] c

1997

Zack and Reba [Nicole Bettauer] c; 2uc: Michael L. Schaertl

1997

There's Something About Mary [Peter & Bobby Farrelly] c; 2uc: Gordon Miller

1998

10 Things I Hate About You [Gil Junger] c

1999

Me, Myself & Irene [Bobby & Peter Farrelly] c; aph: Stan McClain

1999

Road Trip [Todd Phillips] c; aph: John Trapman

2000

Say It Isn't So [James B. Rogers] c

2000

Freddy Got Fingered [Tom Green] c; 2uc: Branko Racki

2000

Osmosis Jones [Bobby & Peter Farrelly] Clairmont-Scope/c; live-action ph

2001

American Pie 2 [James B. Rogers] c

2002

Old School [Todd Phillips] s35/c

2002

Malibu's Most Wanted [John Whitesell] Clairmont-Scope/c

2003

Scary Movie 3 [David Zucker] c; addph + 2uc/2ud: Robert M. Stevens; 2uc: John Holbrook; optical ph: Mark Sawicki

2003

The Ringer [Barry Blaustein] s35/c

2005

Grandma's Boy [Nicholaus Goossen] s35/c

2005

Big Momma's House 2 [John Whitesell] c; 2uc New Orleans: Robert Foster

2006

Deck the Halls/All Lit Up [John Whitesell] s35-to-35mm/c; 2uc: Roger Vernon; vfx ph: Tim Angulo & Dennis McHugh

2006

Blonde Ambition [Scott Marshall] c; 2uc: Lyle Vincent

2007

Sydney White [Joe Nussbaum] s35/c; 2uc: Stephen Campbell

2008

Dance Flick/Snowflake [Damien Dante Wayans] s35-to-35mm/c; 2uc: David J. Frederick

2008

The Shortcut [Nicholaus Goossen] HD (Sony F23)-to-35mm scope/c

2008

All's Faire in Love [Scott Marshall] RED/c; 2uc: Matt Irwin

2009

Valentine's Day [Garry Marshall] c; 2uc; ph: Charles Minsky

2010

The Last Godfather [Shim Hyung-rae] HD (Sony F23)/c

2011

Concrete Blondes [Nicholas Kalikow] c; 2uc: Matt Irwin

2011

Santa Pups [Robert Vince] c/V

2012

Defenders [Harvey Lowry] announced

2012

Super Buddies [Robert Vince] c/V

2014

Sandwitched [Harvey Lowry] pre-production/HD


 SHORTS & DOCUMENTARIES

1973

For the Love of a Horse [Mark Irwin] ?; doc/?m; aired in 1974 as ep CBC-tv series 'Along the Way'

1975

Young and Just Beginning - Pierre/Jeune et débutant - Pierre [Mark Irwin & Ruth Hope] 16mm/c; doc/26m

1976

The Duel - Fencing [Mark Irwin] ?; doc/?m; aired in 1977 as ep CBC-tv series 'Journal'

1976

Airplanes, Men and Memories [?] ?; doc/25m

1976

Energy Management for the Future [Michael Hirsh] c; doc/24m

1979

Track Stars [Terry Burke] c; doc/7m

1979

Jack Bush [Murray Battle] c; doc/57m

1980

Viola [David Fine] c; mus doc/28m

1980

The Cycle Story [Mark Irwin] c; doc/14m

1980

Shipyard/Le chantier [Rudy Buttignol] c; doc/14m

1981

Bix [: Ain't None of Them Play Like Him Yet] [Brigitte Berman] 16mm/c; mus doc/116m; cph: Edmund Long & Vic Sarin

1981

Crisis in the Rain [Gloria Montero & David Fulton] c; doc/27m

1981

Our Children Are Our Future [Tony Snowsill] 16mm/c; doc/51m; cph: Robert Nichol

1982

Prisoners of Debt: Inside the Global Banking Crisis [Robert Collison & Peter Raymont] c; doc/58m; cph: René Ohashi

1982

K.C.I.: Beyond the Three R's [Scott Barrie] c; doc/28m

1982

Taxi! [Barry Greenwald] c; doc/57m

1982

An Ounce of Cure [Don McBrearty] c; short/26m; ep #2 'The Canadian Literature Series'

1982

Artie Shaw - Time Is All You've Got [Brigitte Berman] 16mm/b&w-c; mus doc/114m; cph: Jim Aquila

1983

Storytelling [Kay Armatage] 16mm/c; doc/57m; cph: Steven Fierberg & Christopher Lowry

1984

The Edit [Michael Todd] 16mm/c; short/13m

1984

Neon: An Electric Memoir [Rudy Buttignol & Ken Ketter] c; doc/26m; cph: R. Buttignol, Chris Terry, John Walker & René Ohashi

1984

October Stranger [Alan Collins] c; short/27m

1985

By Our Own Hands [Philip Desjardins] ?; doc/?m

1985

Pitchmen [Barry Greenwald] c; doc/52m

1985

The Hospital/L'hôpital [Murray Battle] c; short/18m; ep #2 of 'Finding Our Way'-series

1985

Left Out/Dans l'ombre [Jim Purdy] c; short/24m; ep #3 of 'Finding Our Way'-series

1987

Those Roos Boys and Friends [Barbara Boyden] c; doc/58m

2008

Congratulations, Mr. Levy [Robin Neinstein] c; short/5m21s; prod by the NFB for the 2008 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards


 TELEVISION

1976

Jimmy Playing with Time [Kit Hood] doc/81m/16mm

1978

World According to Nicholas [Bruce Pittman] 4-part series

1978

Dentelle de Noël [George Mendeluk & Linda Sorensen] tvm/26m

1979

The Newcomers [2 ep dir by various] 7-part docudrama series, 1977-79; for CBC-tv

1979

A Path of His Own: The Story of David B. Milne [Paul Caulfield] docudrama/58m; cph: P. Caulfield

1980

The View from Vinegar Hill [Barbara Boyden] doc/?m; for CBC-tv

1983

Special People [: Based on a True Story]/Blacklight [Marc Daniels] tvm

1983

When We First Met [Paul Saltzman] tvm; for HBO-tv

1983

Cornet at Night [Bruce Pittman] tvm/25m

1983

Home from Far [Bruce Pittman] tvm/25m

1983

The Moviemakers [Bruce Pittman] 13-part doc series

1984

Full of Sound and Fury: Living with Schizophrenia [Deborah Magidson] doc/54m

1985

Spearfield's Daughter [Gilbert Shilton] 3-part miniseries; cph: John McLean

1985

The Ray Bradbury Theater [ep #2 'The Playground' dir by William Fruet, #4 'The Town Where No One Got Off' dir by Don McBrearty, #5 'The Screaming Woman' dir by Bruce Pittman & #6 'Banshee' dir by Douglas Jackson] 65-part series, 1985-86, 1988-90 & 1992; ep #4, 5 & 6 shown on HBO-tv as 'Strange Tales: Ray Bradbury'

1986

Adderly [ep #1 'Hit-Man Complex' dir by Don McBrearty & #5 'Backfire' dir by Gilbert Shilton] 44-part series, 1986-88; 1st season, 1986-87

1986

Really Weird Tales [John Blanchard, Paul Lynch & Don McBrearty] tvm; 3 seg

1987

A Child's Christmas in Wales [Don McBrearty] tvm; cph: Tony Impey; for PBS-tv

1988

My First Love/Second Chance/One More Time [Gilbert Cates] tvm

1989

Do You Know the Muffin Man? [Gilbert Cates] tvm

1990

So Proudly We Hail [Lionel Chetwynd] tvm

1990

Heat Wave [Kevin Hooks] tvm

1990

Call Me Anna [Gilbert Cates] tvm

1990

[HBO's] Tales from the Crypt [ep #23 'My Brother's Keeper' dir by Peter S. Seaman] 93-part series, 1989-96; 2nd season, 1990

1991

Not of This World/Space Killers [Jon Daniel Hess] tvm

1991

Nightmare Cafe [pilot dir by Phillip Noyce] 6-part series, 1992; other ph: Rodney Charters

1991

Absolute Strangers [Gilbert Cates] tvm

1991

Backfield in Motion [Richard Michaels] tvm

1991

[In the Line of Duty:] Mob Justice/Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace I [Peter Markle] tvm

1992

Just Deserts [Dan Lerner] unsold pilot; for ABC-tv

1992

Miracle Child [Michael Pressman] tvm

1992

Keep the Change [Andy Tennant] tvm

1995

The Avenging Angel [Craig R. Baxley] tvm

1995

Innocent Victims [Gilbert Cates] 2-part tvm

1996

Don't Look Back [Geoff Murphy] tvm

1997

Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way [Sturla Gunnarsson] tvm

1997

Tidal Wave: No Escape [George Miller] tvm; 2uc: Robert D. Tomer

1999

Can of Worms [Paul Schneider] tvm

2002

The Next Big Thing [Murray Battle] 3-part doc/167m; Los Angeles ph; other ph: Peter Walker, M. Battle, Ali Kazimi, Pierre Letarte, Don Spence, Jason Rouse, a.o.

2005

Flight 93 [Peter Markle] tvm

2007

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. [David Mickey Evans] tvm/16mm

2010

My Future Boyfriend [Michael Lange] tvm/HD; for ABC Family

2011

Carnal Innocence/Coupable innocence [Peter Markle] tvm/HD; uwph: Jess Haas

2011

Silent Witness [Peter Markle] tvm/HD

2012

Teen Beach Movie/Teen Beach Musical [Jeffrey Hornaday] tvm/HD (Genesis); for Disney Channel

2013

The Christmas Spirit [Jack Angelo] tvm/HD; 2uc: Matt Irwin

2014

Black Jesus [10 ep dir by Mike Clattenburg] series/HD


 MISCELLANEOUS

1974

Diary of a Sinner [Ed Hunt] focus puller; ph: Jock Brandis


 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1973

For the Love of a Horse [+ ph] see Shorts & Documentaries

1975

Young and Just Beginning - Pierre/Jeune et débutant - Pierre [co-dir; + ph] see Shorts & Documentaries

197?

Lacrosse [doc/?m] ph: ?; aired in 1977 as ep CBC-tv series 'Journal'

197?

Sailaway [doc/?m] ph: ?; aired in 1977 as ep CBC-tv series 'Journal'

197?

Step by Step [doc/?m] ph: ?; aired in 1977 as ep CBC-tv series 'Journal'

1976

The Duel - Fencing [+ ph] see Shorts & Documentaries

1980

The Cycle Story [+ ph] see Shorts & Documentaries

1999

The Perfect Day [feature; scheduled as dir] for Trinity Pictures; status unknown