Mark R. Taylor grew up in St. Louis, Missouri thousands of miles from either coast where filmmaking called itself home. Son of an architect and an avid moviegoer, pursuing a career in the Art Department for motion pictures seemed like a natural fit. In 2000, he graduated from Webster University with a BA in Media Communications with an emphasis in Film Production.
In 2001 Mark secured his first major motion picture job as a Construction Department PA on Ocean’s Eleven. Following that, he transitioned into the Art Department on 8 Mile as their PA and has been focused on that craft for the past decade. In the years that would follow he held positions including Researcher, Assistant Art Department Coordinator for Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, and Art Department Coordinator for multiple film titles and television shows.
2007 presented a unique opportunity for Mark to be the Still Shoot Coordinator for Lions for Lambs. Working closely with the Set Decorating Department he carved out an identity for Tom Cruise’s character, Senator Jasper Irving, by doing thorough research into the senator’s background, finding and clearing key images to comp his likeness in to while overseeing that process, and coordinating the still shoots with Mr. Cruise, Production, and photographers.
In 2010 Mark was offered a position as Assistant Art Director for Battleship and performed duties associated with that title for picture vehicles, boats, US Navy assets, locations, and stage sets in Hawaii and Louisiana.
That same year he had the opportunity to design a Pedro Hossi film, Man and Woman. With the help of a fantastic crew the film quickly made it’s way into the festival circuit.
photography, art direction, producing & writing
Mark also shares an interest in photography and has goals to write and produce. In 2011 he optioned property on a story based on a WWII Marine fighter squadron in the South Pacific with plans to develop and market that story for a cable television series – he welcomes all inquiries on this endeavor.