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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 filmmaking at SMU. When not in the classroom, 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 to the Summer Film Production program.
Hobbies and activities include running, watching movies, and co-hosting the Deja Reviewed podcast. Current ongoing projects include a documentary about the development and launch of the Bit Theater in Chicago and a book on the films of Michael Bay.
Mark teaches general production courses (FILM 1304 Intro to Production, FILM 3304 Intermediate Production, FILM 4304 Advanced Production) as well as specialized courses in various areas of post-production (FILM 3308 Editing, FILM 3384 Sound, FILM 3388 Post-Production Visual FX), producing (FILM 3305 Producing), and commercial production (FILM 4301 TV Ad Concepting and Production).
SMU teaching awards include the 2018 Excellence in Mentoring Award and being named the 2014 Algur H. Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Meadows School of the Arts.
Work available online:
Echoes (2018) - award-winning sci-fi / drama short
All the Wrong Friends trailer - thriller in which a group of friends start to turn on each other after covering up a murder (check listing on distributor website for where it is currently available)
Drunken Phone Calls (2013) - short experimental/documentary about the impact of moving on / growing up on old friendships
How NOT to Quit Your Day Job (2012) trailer - comedy about the lengths a desperate man takes to get out of his dead-end job and start his own company (licensing for educational use available through study.net)
The Dread Factory trailer - 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
|Beyond Dolby: Cinema in the Digital Sound Age, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2010.|
|“Michael Bay as Marketer: Selling Across Media.” In Transmedia Directors: Artistry, Industry, and New Audiovisual Aesthetics, eds. Carol Vernallis, Holly Rogers, and Lisa Perrott. Bloomsbury, 2019.|
|“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.|
“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
(2018) (director / producer / DP / production design) – dramatic short, available here
Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Visual Effects, NOVA International Film & Music Festival
Also nominated for dozens of 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
and over forty other festivals
Best in Category Thriller, Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival
Also nominated for multiple other festival awards
Festival screenings include
How NOT to Quit Your Day Job (2012) (director / producer / writer) - comedy short
Winner: Best Comedy Short, Illinois International Film Festival
Other official selections:
Drunken Phone Calls (2012) (director / co-writer) - dramatic short
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)