Dick began his career in television production in the 60’s. He and his wife Patricia, formed a film production company in 1975 and went on to win many Australian and international awards for TV commercials and documentaries. He remained a director/cameraman until he retired to Tassie in 2003.
Dick has worked intensively on cinema and TV commercial work, and has been a member of the prestigious Directors Guild of America (DGA) for over 25 years.
Dick is an Australian film industry legend, and has been awarded lifetime achievement awards by two prestigious film organisations, and the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the film industry, from the Australian Government. He retired to Tasmania 12 years ago and now acts as a mentor.
Interview with Dick Marks:
Young people all over the world have great ideas and Tasmanian kids are no different. One of the most abstract thoughts for most kids is that they may be creative and MSSFF opens up that door. I truely believe that all government film funding should be directed at kids between the ages of 5 to 17. After that, they are on their own. MyState has got it right.
Technology has raised the bar considerably. The ideas are no better, but the films are looking much better. Sound is and always will be a problem. Kids, if you’re reading this, pay more attention to sound. Judges like to listen as well as look. I personally judge bad sound harshly.
Simple. It builds collaboration and team work.
A good story... every time. And if it is, it will keep my attention.
I would like to say the after party, but there is only so much pop corn that a grown man can consume. But seriously, I believe that the future belongs to creative people, so film making is at the top of my list in that department.
The day I drove out of my small bush home town in search of adventure. If you seek adventure, most of the time you will be surprised and pretty pleased what you find out there… and in yourself. Don’t wait for things to come to you… chase them down.
Find your creative voice. Sounds cliche but why mimic others. Don’t try to sell what everyone else is selling. Seek truth.
Not Raging Bull! I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Babe. Perfect film that bridges the film/digital divide.