Mark Atkins

Biography:
Award winning filmmaker Mark Atkins began his career working on blue chip natural history films for the BBC and National Geographic as an assistant cameraman for his aunt and uncle, acclaimed natural history filmmakers Paul Atkins and Grace Niska Atkins of Moana Productions. Working with Paul and Gracie, Mark was part of the camera team on Moana Productions’ National Geographic specials SECRET KILLERS OF MONTEREY BAY which won a CINE Masters Series Award. Mark received additional photography credit on Moana Productions GREAT WHITE SHARK which won an Emmy Award and Cine Golden Eagle for cinematography. Atkins was accepted into the University of Central Florida’s Motion Picture Program from which he graduated in 1995 with a B.A. in Motion Picture Production. While still an undergraduate, Atkins wrote, directed and produced his first feature film, the 35mm Southern Gothic mystery, NIGHT ORCHID — Winner of Best First Feature Film at the New Orleans Film Festival and Golden Medallion for Best Feature and Golden Lion for Best of Show at the George Lindsey UNA Film Festival. NIGHT ORCHID was picked up for distribution as part of then fledgling distributor, the Asylum’s First Rites Program. Subsequent to NIGHT ORCHID, Atkins became one of The Asylum’s most in-demand writer-directors and cinematographers, directing fourteen features and serving as cinematographer on over thirty since. To date, Atkins has written thirteen screenplays which have been successfully produced. Atkins has directed eighteen features with subjects ranging from fantasy (MERLIN and the WAR OF THE DRAGONS) to horror (HAUNTING OF WINCHESTER HOUSE), comedy (SAND SHARKS), science fiction (ANDROID COP), action adventure (ALLAN QUATERMAIN) and thrillers (EVIL EYES). His work has taken him across the globe from Rapa Nui, Egypt, Figi, South Africa, Belize, Iceland, Burma and Tierra del Fuego. He shot his first 3D feature film in 2009. Atkins served as underwater cinematographer for 30K LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, the documentary feature INTO THE AIR, and AWAKEN. Atkins also served as cinematographer on DISNEY’s animation live-action hybrid, TAKE 2 with PHINEUS and FERB. Atkins’ films have been successful in television and film markets worldwide. His Syfy Original Movie, BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES was the third movie of 2011 with over 2 million viewers and the most popular with the 25 to 54 demographic. Many of his films have been the top renters including MERLIN AND THE WAR OF THE DRAGONS ( #41 video rentals in Germany for 2009). In 2010, FIRE DRAGON CHRONICLES: Dragon Quest (#3 in Blu-ray Rental ranking for its German distributor). SAND SHARKS, the #1 title for its German distributor in 2012. Atkins films are consistently top market performers.

Credits

Shark Season
Screenplay
Big Kill
Cinematography
Monster Island
Director
Monster Island
Writer
Monster Island
Director of Photography
Monster Island
Editor
DWB: Dating While Black
Director of Photography
6-Headed Shark Attack
Director
6-Headed Shark Attack
Director of Photography
6-Headed Shark Attack
Screenplay
Alien Siege
Screenplay
Empire of the Sharks
Director
Empire of the Sharks
Writer
Empire of the Sharks
Director of Photography
Empire of the Sharks
Editor
Jurassic School
Director
Jurassic School
Editor
In the Name of Ben-Hur
Director
In the Name of Ben-Hur
Writer
In the Name of Ben-Hur
Director of Photography
In the Name of Ben-Hur
Editor
Planet of the Sharks
Director
Planet of the Sharks
Writer
Planet of the Sharks
Director of Photography
Planet of the Sharks
Editor
Martian Land
Director of Photography
Martian Land
Editor
Awaken
Director
Awaken
Screenplay
Awaken
Story
Awaken
Editor
Road Wars
Director
Road Wars
Writer
Road Wars
Director of Photography
P-51 Dragon Fighter
Director
P-51 Dragon Fighter
Writer
P-51 Dragon Fighter
Director of Photography
Android Cop
Director
Android Cop
Screenplay
Android Cop
Director of Photography
Knight of the Dead
Director
Knight of the Dead
Co-Writer
Knight of the Dead
Producer
Knight of the Dead
Cinematography
Knight of the Dead
Editor
Knight of the Dead
VFX Artist
Jack the Giant Killer
Director
Jack the Giant Killer
Writer
Jack the Giant Killer
Screenplay
Jack the Giant Killer
Director of Photography
Dragon Wasps
Writer
Alien Origin
Director
Battle Force
Director of Photography
Battle Force
Editor
Sand Sharks
Director
Sand Sharks
Director of Photography
Dragon Crusaders
Director
Dragon Crusaders
Writer
Battle of Los Angeles
Director
Battle of Los Angeles
Writer
Battle of Los Angeles
Director of Photography
Battle of Los Angeles
Editor
Milf
Director of Photography
Airline Disaster
Editor
Princess of Mars
Director
Princess of Mars
Screenplay
Princess of Mars
Director of Photography
Princess of Mars
Editor
Princess of Mars
VFX Artist
2012: Supernova
Director of Photography
Haunting of Winchester House
Director
Haunting of Winchester House
Writer
The Land That Time Forgot
Director of Photography
Transmorphers: Fall of Man
Director of Photography
The Terminators
Director of Photography
Dragonquest
Director
Dragonquest
Director of Photography
Merlin and the War of the Dragons
Director
Merlin and the War of the Dragons
Cinematography
Merlin and the War of the Dragons
Editor
100 Million BC
Editor
Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls
Director
2012 Doomsday
Director of Photography
Freakshow
Director of Photography
Halloween Night
Director
Snakes on a Train
Director of Photography
When a Killer Calls
Director of Photography
Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers
Cinematography
Evil Eyes
Director
Evil Eyes
Director of Photography
Pear ta ma 'on maf
First Assistant Camera
Pear ta ma 'on maf
Second Assistant Camera
Night Orchid
Director
Night Orchid
Producer
Night Orchid
Writer
Night Orchid
Editor

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