Mark Hillman

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  • LocationBrentwood, United Kingdom

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About me

 

I am a graduate of the National Film & TV School, Beaconsfield, London where I attended the prestigious 3 year full time Fiction Direction Course. I have ten years of production experience as a director, writer, EP and voice talent with clients such as MTV, MTV International, Starworld, Discovery, Nickelodeon, Al Jazeera, Astro, NRK Norway, SMG (China), Ha Ha TV (China), TRT and Mediacorp in Singapore. I also set up Singapore based, Earthtree Pte Ltd when it moved into TV production and designed animation, green screen and post production pipelines for their multi episode drama and arts shows. As company director and EP I also managed all schedules and budgets; we never missed a TX date nor did we go over budget. I initially began my career at the BBC after graduation and worked on factual shows for BBC 2 but I also have experience of traditional animation prior to that which made working with designers and motion graphics artists more fruitful. During my time working free lance at MTV I won 7 awards at Promax, one of which was international. My branding campaigns for them have also been shown on VH1 in the UK and at Siggraff in San Francisco. My screen writing for the MTV International EXIT campaign was shown at the Artivist film festival in 2009-2010 and globally on MTV. I also worked as a Creative Director on the rebranding of the MTV SEA channel in addition for working for many years with the On Air Promos dept. as a writer/director. I also have some TVC direction experience working for Manulife, Sony and BenQ Siemens and directed the in house rules campaign for Golden Village Cinemas, which were seen in Singapore and around South East Asia. I recently worked on the creation of reality shows such as Angels Gate, a reality series based around business pitches to venture capital angels for Channel News Asia. And also Asia’s Got Talent for AXN while working at FremantleMedia Asia. My responsibilities on these shows included writing, directing and shaping contestants stories. While at Fremantle I was also a Senior Producer on a Premier League football show called Singha’s Football Crazy for Fox International Channels. The latter was a lighthearted look at the English Premier League. I enjoy working in a team and can function calmly and creatively under less than ideal circumstances.

Skills

 

  • TV
  • Copywriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Writing Directing Commercials
  • On Air Branding
  • Production Budgets
  • Production Scheduling
  • French

Work history

Currently

TV Director & Writer

Abundant Productions

Jan 2016
  • Senior in house writer director. Working on commercials for agencies & outside clients.

2015

Senior Producer

FremantleMedia

Jul 2013 - May 2015
  • STORY PRODUCER ‘Asia’s Got Talent– Reality Talent Show AXN – 8 episodes) DIRECTOR/WRITER ‘Singha Football Crazy’ – weekly comedy show Fox International Channels – 35 episodes) I was initially hired as a comedy writer for the show Football Crazy but I was back directing and doing silly voice overs very quickly. Despite not being a proper football fan I managed to absorb the culture of the game and was back directing and doing silly voice overs once we went into production. Having survived Football Crazy, I was given a pay rise and moved onto Asia's Got Talent. I started as a casting producer in the development stage and during the auditions. Once we were in production I worked as a Story Producer, shooting reality stories that followed individual contestants.

2013

Director

The Moving Visuals Company

Apr 2013 - Jul 2013
  • DIRECTOR/WRITER ‘Memento’ - antiques long form show for Okto about Singapore social history told through memorabilia and the collectors who own it – 4 episodes)

2013

Director & Writer

Momentum

Jul 2012 - Mar 2013
  • DIRECTOR/WRITER – ‘TGIS’ multi-episode (2 per month) on-line lifestyle & living showing for SingTel/Ogilvy & Mather. Elements of fashion, travel & tech review starring Joanne-Marie Sim.

2012

Director

Reelloco

May 2012 - Jul 2012
  • Shokubutsu Cinema Commercial. A very muscly man gets caught in the monsoon and then has an exceptional shower experience.

2012

Director & Writer

The Moving Visuals Company

Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
  • ‘Groom My Room’ 4 x 24’ episodes. Children’s show about decorating dreams coming true. ‘Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, 10th Anniversary’. Corporate celebrating ten years of ground breaking life science research in Singapore.

2012

Director & Senior Producer

Upside Down Concepts

Aug 2011 - Feb 2012
  • Angels Gate – Channel News Asia/Interactive – Business pitch show, worked on concept development & story creation. Directed elevator pitch sections & back stage interviews. AMPD – Okto – local arts & music show featuring Singapore bands. Worked on concept development & pitching to broadcaster. CUBE – Prime Ministers Office – four viral videos teasing creation of new intranet service. Anti-Littering TVC – NEA/ - musical style TVC using traditional Mandarin musical song. Dengue Warning TVC – NEA/ - dengue warning TVC.

2011

Director & Writer

Momentum

Jun 2011 - Sep 2011
  • ‘WDA Human Capital Summit’ (corporate video for Work Development Authority Singapore).

2011

Director & Writer

Zouk Singapore

Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
  • ‘Full Circle with DJ Junior & DJ Ghetto’ (on-line & point of sale documentary advertising the creation of the Full Circle night at Velvet).

2011

Senior Producer

The Moving Visuals Company

Mar 2011 - May 2011
  • ‘Rolling Out The Red Carpet’ & (also included supervising creation of four hour belt of nightly programming covering the Screen Singapore event, sponsored by Starhub). ‘From The Red Carpet’ - included nightly half hour red carpet shows – Interviews with Tom Hanks, Zhang Zi Yi, J.J.Abrams & Shekhar Kapoor.

2011

Director & Writer

Hurrah

Aug 2010 - Jan 2011
  • 'Mad Science Manual' season I (Okto science show for a family & youth audience - 16 x 24mins - 16 x 3mins Internet Viral Presence)

2010

Director & Writer

Reelloco

Apr 2010 - Jun 2010
  • 'Kara.Ok. Perfect Pitch' (Starhub TVC - advertising karaoke on demand service 1 x 30 & 1x 45 sec)

2009

Director & Writer

Starworld/hurrah Productions

Feb 2009 - Nov 2009
  • Starworld – Hurrah Productions & West Meets East - CO DIRECTOR/COMEDY WRITER & PERFORMER – ‘Asia Uncut’ (chat show with comedy sketches, episode co-director 13 x 24 mins)

2009

Free Lance Director

Earthtree

Jan 2009 - Oct 2009
  • ‘Eid Ul Fitr with Oistein’ (kids art show for Eid Ramadan celebration for Al Jazeera Astro TRT 36 x 5 mins) ‘Oistein’s Blyant’ season II (kids cartoon show in English & Norwegian for NRK Norway 36 x 5 mins) ‘Doodlechamps’ MDA funded (kids art/Idol style format tx on Mediacorp)

2008

Director & Writer

Earthtree PTE Ltd

Jan 2008 - Dec 2008
  • FREE LANCE DIRECTOR ‘Oistein’s Blyant’ – NRK Norway (36 x 5 mins kids cartoon show) ‘Xmas with Oistein’ NRK Norway (35 x 5 mins kids cartoon show) ‘Tutule’ SMG & Ha Ha TV China??‘Wild About Cartoons’ - NRK Norway (36 x 5 mins kids cartoon Show)

2008

Producer Writer & Director

MTV SEA

Sep 1999 - Sep 2008
  • producer and writer of over 500 On Air Promos & Branding Campaigns for MTV

2007

Screenwriter

MTV International

Feb 2007 - Nov 2007
  • ‘Intersection’ animated movie about human trafficking. Part of Exit campaign. Music by Radiohead. Film to be shown at Artivist.org human rights film festival in London & L.A.

2007

CO Director & Writer

MTV SEA

Feb 2007 - Oct 2007
  • ‘MTV The Games’ (6 x 24 mins faux reality TV show based on the Olympics) & VOICE TALENT for character of Gareth Balls sexual predator & sports commentator

2006

Company Director

Earthree PTE Ltd

Jan 2000 - Nov 2006
  • (set up company, Shake pipeline, render farm, 3 x edit suites, budgets & schedules for all multi episode green screen animated kids shows & MTV On Air Post Production) Cows n Crayons – Mediacorp TV12 (kids art & craft shows, green screen with animation 46 x 24 mins) Einstein’s Tingkat - Mediacorp TV12 (kids cooking show, green screen with animation 13 x 24 mins) Super Einstein & the Imagination Thief - Mediacorp TV 12 (kids arts & drama show, green screen with animation 46 x 24 mins) Right on Top – Nickelodeon – (kids craft show, green screen with animation 50 x 5 mins) Art Mad with Oistein – NRK Norway - (kids travel & arts show 13 x 24 mins) On Air Promos – Discovery Asia Golden Village Cinemas In House Rules Campaign (30 sec 35mm vignette shown in cinemas around SEA)

2006

Screenwriter

MTV SEA

Mar 2006 - Jun 2006
  • VMA show packaging & ‘Codehunters’ award winning short by animator Ben Hibbon subsequently shown at Siggraff?& Artivist Film Festival

2006

Director & Writer

MTV SEA

Mar 2006 - May 2006
  • Feel Every Sound Campaign - 3 x 30 sec TVCs for Sony MP3 Walkman (shot on film in Mumbai, Bangkok & Singapore) also 1 x 30 sec TVC for BenQ Siemens Hand Phone (shot on Digi Beta with 35mm film primes in Singapore) All TVCs shown across South East Asia, India & Japan on MTV?

2005

Director & CD

MTV SEA VH1 UK

Feb 2005 - May 2005
  • ‘The Albert & Nancy Experience’ image campaign shown Asia wide & on VH1 UK

2004

Creative Director

MTV SEA

Jan 2004 - Sep 2004
  • Channel Re-branding across all On Air content

2001

Director

Mediacorp TV 12

Apr 2000 - Jun 2001
  • Mediacorp TV12 (now Okto) – ‘Art Factory’ for CVA Perth – DIRECTOR – Kid’s Art & Craft show (over 30 episodes x 24 mins)

1999

Director

RE Location TO Singapore

Aug 1999 - Sep 1999
  • RELOCATED TO SINGAPORE

1999

Director & Writer

Mushroom Records

Apr 1997 - Aug 1999
  • MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR – (‘Watch Illuminum’ & ‘Drive’ Paradise

1999

Producer

BBC

Aug 1997 - Jul 1999
  • factual programming BBC Education & The Learning Zone ‘Media Studies a Survivors Guide’ – WRITER/DIRECTOR – 30 min documentary

Education

1997

Full Time Three Year Fiction Direction Course

National Film and Television School

Aug 1994 - Aug 1997
  • Fiction Direction

1991

BA in French (with Spanish) 2:2

University of Birmingham

Aug 1987 - Jul 1991
  • four year foreign language degree in French & Spanish

1990

Licence Lettres

Université de Strasbourg

Aug 1989 - Jul 1990
  • Faculté des lettres

1987

O Levels A Levels (3

Brentwood School Essex

Aug 1973 - May 1987
  • Poetry, Science, Languages, Combat

Awards

2005

Promax Asia

Promax

  • WRITER/PRODUCER

2005

Promax International

Promax

  • WRITER/PRODUCER

2005

BDA Asia

2002

Promax Asia

Promax

  • WRITER/PRODUCER

2002

Promax Asia

Promax

  • WRITER/PRODUCER

2001

Promax Asia

Promax

  • WRITER/PRODUCER

2000

Singapore Creative Circle Awards

Creative Circle

  • CREATIVE DIRECTOR

1999

Promax Asia - Gold - MTV Joget 85

Promax

  • WRITER/PRODUCER

1997

Screening at NFT & Edinburgh Film Festival - Partners