It all started at the Victorian College of the Arts when I wrote the music and lyrics for a short musical entitled 'Titsiana Booberini' that then went on to make a splash at a number of international film festivals, including Sundance and Aspen. The film was optioned by Miramax launching the career of Director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) while I worked on the feature version of the same film, which lead to a deal with Festival / Mushroom music publishing.
While continuing to score, I also moved into directing TV commercials, children's drama (Short-Cuts, winner of AFI award for best children's TV series) and a documentary for 'Walking with Dinosaurs; the Arena Spectacular'. A herculean effort, it took a year as a solo film-maker to create a feature-length documentary of sufficient quality that it screened internationally in all major territories on free-to-air TV.
I then developed an interest in 3D film-making, taking up a position as Head of Production for Inition Asia Pacific several years before Avatar landed on our screens. In that time, I worked with cult horror director Brian Yuzna on Indonesia's first 3D production, (which won 'Best Film' at the 3D Stereo Media Film Festival). I was also Lead Stereographer on Australia's first 3D broadcast (Foxtel's Socceroos vs the All-blacks at the MCG) as well as working on the world's first broadcast to a domestic 3D television with 'Keane: Live at Abbey Road'. That lead to 'Bait 3D', Australia's most successful film of 2012, which was a disaster film shot on the Gold Coast and in China, where I found myself again several years later working with Legendary Kung Fu Director Hark Tsui on 'Detective Dee: the rise of the Sea Dragon'. As one of the few underwater stereographers in the world I also found myself working on natural history projects on the coral sea, one of which sold footage to James Cameron's 'Challenger Deep' documentary about the Mariana Trench. While at Inition, I also brokered a deal with Live3D! to produce live 3D streams of the 2011 Rugby World Cup to audiences around the world as 3D Technical Producer.
After the rush of international 3D production, I realised my true joy lay in helping people in a more direct way, and I started working in corporate communications. By helping people tell their stories while deploying and developing the entire raft of skills I have learned along the way I discovered the joy of working in an end-to end production process that I can control and customise to clients needs.
As usual, hit it out of the park. And this was a tough one too! The Head of Faculty was also super impressed with the score. He was raving about you!David Tonkin
Markus was fantastic to work with on the video description of our research project. He went to great efforts to understand what we did and to present the essence of our method in an intelligible and entertaining way.David Liley
I just wanted to say a HUGE THANKS again for your tremendous work over the weekend. Your energy and collaboration matched the workshop environment perfectly, and you were clearly working your butt off! There has been lovely feedback flooding in from the students.Lyndall Grant
Everytime we have collaborated shooting on a bluescreen set or on location, you just absolutely nail the performances, and give us so many options. your knowledge of cinematography, the tools and cinematic language just makes it an absolute pleasure to work with you. Thanks for giving it everything you got!Daryl Munton
More than 12 months on and I still end up in tears watching the Connect 2019 video!Laura Berry
Mate you're a legend - very few people are having such a major impact on the reach of our campaign to middle Australia. This is the critical week so thank you again. Very much.Andrew Bragg
I've absolutely loved working with Markus. Not only is he technically skilled, with a special talent for lighting, narrative and shot selection, but he has an ability to put interviewees at ease, which comes out in the quality of his finished work. His interest in the world around him – encompassing everything from science to music to whatever makes people tick – is evident in both the care he takes while working and in the excellent videos and films he produces.Paul Dalgarno