June 10, 2016

Artist Spotlight: Marcus K. Jones

Fashion Filmmaker & DP

A Director, DP and someone we hold in high regards, Marcus K. Jones takes fashion and filmmaking to a whole new level.

Marcus loves to film beautiful things and beautiful people. He has a way of bringing the sexiness out of people, and also playing up their cute, silly quirks. He polishes all of his work off with high fashion and high production value, making the individuals feel larger than life.

The way his work comes together is what we find to be truly unique, and his passion, technical skills, and perspective makes him one of the best collaborators.

Stills of Hugo Boss, Covergirl, and Avon spots by Fashion filmmaker, Marcus K. Jones
Herve Ledger Spot, also by Marcus K. Jones
Clinique Spot, directed and edited by Marcus K. Jones, Graphics produced by BGSTR

Q&A with Marcus K. Jones -

Why do you spend your time making films?
Good question, I ask myself the same thing and my response is a question… “Why does a fish swim?”. It’s all I’ve ever known and my oldest love. Funny how I’ve come to realize that making films is inextricable from my identity.

What makes you love what you do, if you love it?
What I love most about my job is where it physically takes me. Breathtaking locations around the world. Inaccessible natural locations. Ultra-wealthy properties. Remote corners of NYC (always full of surprises).

What side of the film world are you looking in on/what makes you different?
I came from NYU: Tisch School Of The Arts where I was drawn to stories. Ironically most of my professional life has been outside of stories. So I find myself looking for ways to add even the slightest hint of story into my advertising work.

What is your goal?
Out of school my goal was feature films. However, I quickly ran from the indie-film path toward goals in advertising. Now I’m headed home: my goal is to write and direct a feature film.

How long have you been doing what you do?
It’s been 21 years since my first internship, if you want to count it that way.

How do you want to be remembered?
I want to be remembered as a fun person to work with, a real contributor, and a team player.

What influenced you?
I’m influenced by too many people to honor one over the rest.

What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
What excites me most about being a director is that each new project presents a fresh opportunity to be great. And projects usually span a short time period, so I get to go to work with high hopes frequently. I’m most passionate about keeping things fresh. I hope for a career that’s full of variety and excitement.


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