Mark Piper Complete Resumé

PRODUCER ◊ DIRECTOR
FILM & TELEVISION CONSULTANT

MENTOR

About Mark Piper

Spanning over three decades in the international Theatre, Film and Television industries, Mark Piper’s award-winning career has seen him on the initial teams Producing and Directing many international drama programs. Water Rats - Director Pilot Episodes (Australia), Mercy Peak (NZ), Beastmaster (USA), Ponderosa (USA), Neighbours, Home and Away, All Saints – Co Director Pilot, Blue Heelers, Always Greener, Halifax F.P (Australia), & Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten – Adviser & Pilot Director (Germany), are just some of the popular series that Mark has worked on.

Beginning his career as an Actor in New Zealand, Mark went on to running Director Roger Donaldson’s (“The World’s Fastest Indian”) company Aardvark films, & then worked on such films such as “The Blue Lagoon” with Brooke Shields, “Tim” & “Attack Force Z” with Mel Gibson, and “My Brilliant Career” with Sam Neil and Judy Davis. More recently he has been working with internationally acclaimed actors Eric Bana, Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Kylie Minogue, Julian McMahon, Simon Baker, Callan Mulvey.

In 1995 Mark led a unique project with Care Vietnam, in conjunction with the Vietnamese Government entitled ‘Qio Qua Mien Toi’; a 32-part Drama series, of which Mark Piper was the Executive Producer. This was a TV series utilised on behalf of the Government to highlight the HIV & AIDS problem emerging in Vietnam; Mark was involved from the outset to set-up the concept and assisted in sourcing finance through French private investors as well as sourcing key personnel from Australia to mentor the Vietnamese crew. This has inspired Mark with his current project in development "Buscar - oneworldonelove" which Mark soon hopes to shoot in Byron Bay.

Mark has been a tutor at NIDA, Actors Centre, Bond University, and various other institutions as well as conducting his own workshops nationally and internationally.

He mentors both Actors and Directors.

Mark judged the 2012 Logies & the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014  International Emmy Awards

Mark has been a Board member for ASDACS & Screenworks & on the Selection Committee for Flickerfest International Film Festival

 

 


SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

 

 

Piper Pictures 1980 – current

  • Producer, BUSCAR – oneworldonelove, TV Drama Series
  • TV & Film Producer / Director  Various Projects
  • Trainer & Facilitator Byron Bay Film & Television School BBFATS
  • Independent Film & TV Consultant

Go Wyld Productions

  • Producer, PHOBOS, Horror Film (on hold awaiting completion finance)

Bond University, NIDA, International Film School, Actors Centre 2007 – 2009

  • Teacher and Mentor for Screen Actors & Directors

Network 7 1980 – 2009

  • Series Director
    • Home and Away
    • Always Greener
    • All Saints
    • Blue Heelers
    • Rafferty Rules
    • Neighbours
    • Sons and Daughters
    • A Country Practice
    • Acropolis Now (Sitcom)

Hallmark Channel USA 2001

  • Series Director, Ponderosa

UFA / RTL Germany 2001

  • Pilot Director, Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten Drama Series.

Network 9 1996 – 2001

  • Series Director, Water Rats (Director pilot episodes)
  • Director Telemovie, Halifax FP
  • Director for Murder Call
  •  Director Prime Time
  • Director Chances.

Care Vietnam, Vietnam Government 1995

  • Executive Producer, Qio Qua Mien Toi, Drama Series

Network 10 1985 – 1988

  • Series Director, Beastmaster USA
  • Series Director, Neighbours 1985 – 1988
  • Series Director, E Street
  • Director, Richmond Hill 1988
  • Director, Pacific Drive
  • Director, Prisoner, 1978

ABC 1991

  • Series Director, GP

South Pacific Films, NZ 1991

  • Series Director, Mercy Peak
  • Series Director, Shortland Street

Feature Films 1976 – 1980 Assistant Director / Unit Production Manager

  • The Blue Lagoon  – Brook Shields, Randal Klieser
  • Attack Force Z – Mel Gibson, Sam Neil
  • Tim – Mel Gibson, Piper Laurie
  • Sleeping Dogs – Sam Neill, Roger Donaldson
  • My Brilliant Career – Judy Davis & Sam Neill
  • Money Movers – Bruce Beresford
  • Dawn  – Ken Hanam

 


EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Director & Producer

 

Piper Pictures Pty Ltd 1990 – current

 

Background

 

Piper Pictures was established as a vehicle for unique and creative Film and TV projects conducted across Australia and in various international markets.  The business also offers Business Consulting, Mentoring, Training, TV & Film Consultancy and is engaged across national and international projects. In addition, Piper Pictures has produced a variety of workshops designed specifically for actors, directors and producers, often entering the industry for the first time.

 

Key Responsibilities & Contributions

 

  • “BUSKER”, is a Feature Film and Television drama series, currently in development which has been created by Mark Piper with a scheduled launch for 2014.
  • PHOBOS ‘fear kills’ is a low budget Horror Feature Film, Mark Piper is the Producer and the project is currently in Post Production phase.
  • Led a unique project with Care Vietnam, in conjunction with the Vietnamese Government entitled ‘Qio Qua Mien Toi’; a 32-part Drama series, of which Mark Piper was the Executive Producer. This was a TV series utilised on behalf of the Government to highlight the HIV & AIDS problem emerging in Vietnam; Mark was involved from the outset to set-up the concept and assisted in sourcing finance through French private investors.
  • Director and Consultant of the Pilot TV Drama Series – Gute Zeiten Schlechte filmed in Germany and based on successful Australian series. Engaged by The Fremantle Group who have reinvented and franchised popular Australian serial dramas to other countries. Asked to go to Berlin for one year to direct the pilot and advice in the set-up of the series including casting, locations, style and look of each series.
  • Engaged as the Director for Water Rats, TV Drama Series about Australian water police which was successfully sold to 179 Countries. Involved in the set-up of the drama show on Sydney Harbour, Directed pilot episodes, initial casting, locations, and set up and style; successfully managed complex water logistics.
  • Key Director and involved in the initial setting up of  Network 7 Australia’s internationally successful dramas, Sons and Daughters, Neighbours, Blue Heelers, Home and Away and All Saints and many other dramas over a 25 year period.
  • Directed a one-off episode of Home and Away “Hearts Divided” in 2003 which was subsequently used as a template to refresh the look of the entire series.
  • Engaged on the Blue Lagoon, feature Film; invited to Fiji to coordinate logistics of shoot from USA and Australia to an Island in the Yasawas Islands Fiji. Coordinated all building of sets and setting up of film on Island before main crew arrived, then joined the production as Assistant Director for Film.
  • Teacher & Mentor for Drama Directors Network 7, NIDA, Actors Centre, and International Film School and for various workshops conducted nationally.

 

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

 

New Zealand Institute of Business

 

Management Diploma

 

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

 

Member Australian Directors Guild (ADG)

 

Board Member 10 Years ASDACS

 

Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand

 

Selection Committee Member for

 

Flickerfest International Short Film Competition

 

REFEREES

 

Lisa Noonan, Executive Director, ASDACS Board

 

Inoonan@asdacs.com.au

 

Mark Gaal, Artistic Associate, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

 

Mark.gaal@nida.edu.au

 

Jan Bladier, Film and Television Producer

 

jdl@jdlfilms.com.au

 

WEBSITES

 

www.markpiper.com

 

www.oneworldonelove.tv