After completing bachelor's degrees in chemistry and mathematics, Mark Kerins realized watching, making, and writing about movies was more fun than working in a lab. So he went back to film school, and now teaches all areas of filmmaking at SMU. Aside from teaching, he makes his own films, does post-production work, and writes about surround sound, home theater, and Michael Bay (not all at the same time). He also serves as faculty advisor for SMU's Student Filmmakers Association and the Summer Film Production program.
Outside of Film & Media Arts, Mark also works with SMU's Residential Commons program, serving as the Faculty-in-Residence for Morrison-McGinnis Hall (MoMac).
In 2014, Mark was named a Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professor.
Work available online:
excerpt from Echoes - award-winning sci-fi / drama short currently on the festival circuit
All the Wrong Friends trailer - a thriller in which a group of friends start to turn on each other after covering up a murder
How NOT to Quit Your Day Job trailer - a comedy about the lengths a desperate man takes to get out of his dead-end job and start his own company
The Dread Factory trailer - a supernatural thriller about a fraternity prank that goes terribly wrong
"Happiness Is" - music video for platinum-selling RCA rock group The Verve Pipe
Ph.D. and M.A. in Radio/TV/Film, Northwestern University
B.A. in Mathematics and Humanities and B.S. in Chemistry, Valparaiso University
Interests: sound design, surround sound, home theater, the relationship between technology and aesthetics, Michael Bay films, and movies, movies, movies!
FILM 1304 Production 1
FILM 3304 Production 2
FILM 5304 Production 3
FILM 3384 Sound 1
FILM 3385 Sound 2
FILM 3308 Editing
FILM 4301 TV Ad Concepting and Production
“A Statement on Sound Studies,” Music, Sound and the Moving Image, vol. 2, no. 2 (autumn 2008): 115-119.
“Narration in the Cinema of Digital Sound,” The Velvet Light Trap, no. 58 (fall 2006): 41-54.
“Home Theater(s): Technology, Culture, and Style.” In The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound, eds. Miguel Mera, Ronald Sadoff, and Ben Winters. Routledge, 2017.
“The Modern Entertainment Marketplace: 2000-present.” In Sound: Dialogue, Music, and Effects, ed. Kathryn Kalinak. Rutgers University Press, 2015.
“Multi-channel Gaming and the Aesthetics of Interactive Surround.” In The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics, eds. Claudia Gorbman, John Richardson, and Carol Vernallis. Oxford University Press, 2013.
“Understanding the Impact of Surround Sound in Multimedia.” In Psychology of Music in Multimedia, eds. Siu-Lan Tan, Annabel Cohen, Scott Lipscomb, and Roger Kendall. Oxford University Press, 2013.
"Raising Questions by Lowering the Boom" (book review), Jump Cut, no. 51 (Spring 2009).
"Constructing the Diegesis in a Multi-Channel World," Offscreen, vol. 11, no. 8-9 (October 2007).
“Sound Designing: How Should You Think About Sound?” Student Filmmakers, August 2007: 46-9.
“Editing is Re-editing: From Rough Cut to Picture Lock,” Student Filmmakers, July 2007: 24-6.
“Seven Suggestions for Stellar Soundtracks,” Student Filmmakers, December 2006: 32-5.
“Getting Good Performances,” Student Filmmakers, November 2006: 32-5.
SELECTED DIRECTORIAL FILMOGRAPHY
Echoes (2018) (director / producer / DP / production design) – dramatic short
Winner: Best Drama, Wildwood Film Festival
Winner: Best Sci-Fi Short and Best Editing: Short, International Indie Gathering
Also nominated for a dozen other festival awards
Festival screenings include:
Ojai Film Festival
Berlin Sci-Fi Film Festival
Pasadena International Film Festival
SENE Film, Music, and Arts Festival
New York Latino Film Festival
Vero Beach Wine + Film Festival
San Jose International Short Film Festival
Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival
and over twenty other festivals
The Dread Factory (2018) (director / producer / co-writer) – horror short, in post-production
All the Wrong Friends (2016) (director / producer) - feature thriller
Winner: Best in Category Thriller, Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival
Winner: Best Director (Feature), Best Editing (Feature), Best Cinematography (Feature), Best Actor (Feature), Eyecatcher Film Festival
Winner: Best Supporting Actress, International Horror Hotel
Other official selections:
Beloit International Film Festival
Indy Film Fest
International Horror Hotel (3rd place, Suspense-Thriller Feature; nominee, Best Supporting Actress and Best Cinematography in a Feature Film)
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival (nominee, Best Thriller and Best Actress)
Toronto Indie Horror Film Festival
Eyecatcher Film Festival (nominee, Best Feature, Best of Fest, Best Original Score, All-Seeing Eye Award)
Royal Starr Film Festival
North by Midwest Micro-budget Film Festival
Fright Night Film Fest
Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival
Desmond District Demons Film Festival
Fantastically Horrifying Cinema
Motor City Nightmares International Film Festival
Fake Flesh Film Fest
Fort Worth Indie Showcase
Fantastic Cinema Festival
How NOT to Quit Your Day Job (2012) (director / producer / writer) - comedy short
Winner: Best Comedy Short, Illinois International Film Festival
Other official selections:
Fargo Film Festival
Green Bay Film Festival
Great Lakes Film Festival
Tenerife Film Festival (nominee, Best Screenplay, Best Director of a Short, and Best Producer)
Tupelo Film Festival
The Indie Gathering (2nd place, Short Comedy)
Drunken Phone Calls (2012) (director / co-writer) - dramatic short
Wisconsin Film Festival
Columbia Gorge Film Festival
The Indie Gathering (3nd place, Short Drama-Comedy)
Wildwood Film Festival
Happiness Is (2002) (director / producer / editor) – music video for RCA recording artist The Verve Pipe, nominated for Best Visual Effects at HDFest World Tour 2003
Would You Please (2002) (director / producer / editor) – music video for RCA Victor recording artist Rachael Yamagata
SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY (other crew positions)
Watershed (2012, dir. Paula Goldberg) (editor) - dramatic short
Hays County Nights (2011, dir. Tommy Dingwall) (editor / re-recording mixer) - music video for The Clay Wilson Band
There Goes the View (2007, dir. Carolyn Macartney) (voice recordist / re-recording mixer) – 16mm experimental short, won “Best Experimental Film” at 2007 University Film and Video Association Conference
The Big Lull (2005, dir. Adam Marshall) (editor) - narrative short (an MFA thesis film)
First and Last (2004, dir. James Joyce) (editor / production mixer / sound editor) - narrative short (an MFA thesis film)
2018 winner, Best Sci-Fi Short and Best Editing: Short at The International Indie Gathering for film Echoes
2018 winner, Best Drama at Wildwood Film Festival for film Echoes
2018 winner, SMU Excellence in Mentoring Award
2017 winner, Best Director (Feature) and Best Editing (Feature) at Eyecatcher Film Festival for film All the Wrong Friends
2015 winner, Residence Life Faculty/Staff of the Month, Southwestern U.S. region (through National Residence Hall Honorary)
2015 nominee, HOPE (Honoring Our Professors' Excellence) Award
2014 Meadows Foundation Distinguished Teaching Professorship
2012 winner, Best Comedy Short award at Illinois International Film Festival for film How NOT to Quit Your Day Job
2012 nominee, Best Director (Short), Best Script, and Best Producer at Tenerife International Film Festival for film How NOT to Quit Your Day Job
2011 Godbey Lecture Series Authors Award for book Beyond Dolby (Stereo)
2008 Sam Taylor Fellowship for work on book project Beyond Dolby
2007 Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award