Born in Pasadena, California, Mark Herzig made an early commitment to the fine arts, studying painting and printmaking, before surrendering to filmmaking in 1980. Based in San Francisco, he spent the Eighties as a focus puller on big commercials and slightly smaller movies, learning his trade from some of the biggest names in commercial and music video production: Leslie Dektor, Joe Murray, Harris Savides and Michael Berkovsky.
Since moving behind the camera, he has lit over 5000 commercials, corporate image pieces, documentaries and narrative films both long and short. His short film “et cetera” (which he directed and photographed) won Best Cinematography at the 2001 New York Independent International Film Festival, and in 2004, his short film “Lunch” won a place at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Festival du court metrage. He is currently working on a documentary on the FM radio revolution, "Free-Form, Baby!" and is attached as DP to three independent features.
He has taught cinematography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Sacramento State University at Sacramento, and the PCFE Film School in Prague, Czech Republic.
Name: Mark Herzig
Lives in: Sacramento, California
Occupation: Cinematographer, Director and Director of Photography