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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 18 September 1959Chicago, Illinois, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Mark Romanek was born on September 18, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is a director, known for One Hour Photo (2002), Never Let Me Go (2010) and Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (1997). He is married to Brigette Romanek.

Spouse (1)

Brigette Romanek (? - present)

Trade Mark (1)

Strongly emulates Stanley Kubrick's style in filming

Trivia (6)

Was so deeply affected by Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt", he offered (and begged) to shoot the video for free. Upon doing so, he sent the video to Trent Reznor, lead singer of Nine Inch Nails. Reznor was in session with Zack De La Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine fame) at the time, and they were reportedly so awestruck emotionally that they had to leave the room and recuperate, Reznor himself being moved to tears. The video itself features footage of a decrepit Cash at the flood ravaged House of Cash Museum interspersed with footage from Cash's personal collection of himself in his youth. This masterpiece of a video has since found itself in heavy rotation on both VH1 and MTV.
Graduated from Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College with a degree in Cinema and Photography
His music video for Johnny Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" was voted best video of all time by Guardian readers - ahead of even "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.
His video for Madonna's "Rain" voted #70 in Slant Magazines Top 100 Videos. (19th January 2003).
Was considered by 20th Century Fox as a potential director for the 2006 The Omen (2006) remake, however John Moore eventually got the job.
Was originally attached to direct The Wolfman (2010) but left after disputes over budget.

Personal Quotes (3)

Be daring and sincere. -- referring to an interview he read with Stanley Kubrick when asked what his tenets are for first-time film directors
I guess it depends if you direct really crappy music videos or really great feature films. I would say generally there's a little bit of a pejorative when you mention the phrase music video because it brings to mind 'junk'.

However, when you look at the crop of music video directors like Spike Jonze, David Fincher and Chris Cunningham, these guys are clearly great filmmakers in whatever medium they work in. -- on snobbery directed towards music video and/or commercial directors transitioning into directing films
... I do believe that there are auteurs, in the sense that there are filmmakers with very strong voices and their voices are communicated on to the screen without a lot of compromise. When you look at a Kubrick or a Scorsese or a Jean Luc Goddard film, it is obvious that they are the auteur of that language and tone.

However, I think those guys would have to admit that it is a massively collaborative process. In some instances, I would say the writer does deserve equal billing with the director. In other instances the director -- especially if he wrote part of the script himself -- is clearly more the author of the movie. -- on if screenwriters should receive equal credit to directors

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