Mark Vargo, ASC

Unleash Your Creative Potential!

Welcome! My website is filled with valuable tips, anecdotes, and tons of useful information not found in any textbook. I’m dedicated to sharing what I know with up and coming filmmakers. Please feel free to contact me if you need any additional help.

Stunts

We aren't as durable as we were at ten years old. Don't
attempt tricky stunts without a stuntman to help supervise
your shot. It's dangerous! Of all my tips, this one is the most
likely to be ignored.

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3 cameras pointed in the same direction

I can't remember the last time I pointed three cameras in
the same direction. In this case, we were running out of
light and we owed a point of view of our lead watching
some bad guys approach. The A Camera had a wide
shot. The B Camera was tight on one piece of action and
the C Camera was very tight on another piece of business.
Two takes, six shots all in 15 minutes. This is what has to
done while shooting episodic television.