Tutorials & More

The goal of these video's is to inform, entertain and promote enthusiasm for our craft!

Make-Up Test

I've been emphasizing the importance of make-up. This test ended up being a good example of the possibilities.

View Video

Aspect Ratio

A quick history of Aspect Ratios in the movie business. There is more to it than you might realize!

View Video

How To Light With Fire

Follow along with Mark as he gives you step-by-step instructions on how to light with fire and expose with it properly.

View Video

Create and film a DIY Meteor Strike

Follow along with Mark as he gives you step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own meteor strike effect using practical household elements on the PremiumBeat blog.

View Video

Do-It-Yourself Camera Rigs

Follow along with step-by-step instructions on how to set up some unique camera rigs

View Video

Tips for Shooting a Time Lapse Like a Pro

Shooting time-lapse videos is fun, informative, and easy to learn. The trick is to be in a place where nature is on full display. It might take a few tries to capture exactly what you have envisioned, but the effort will be worth it if that elusive blast of light and color… View Video

How to Wrap Cables and Cords

Learn how to properly wrap audio cables, power cords, and rope in this filmmaking tutorial. 

View Video

4 Great Knots Every Filmmaker Must Know


A polarizer organizes light. Glare, haze and reflections bombard the eye from every direction. A polarizer is a SCREEN that culls the randomness of light into one parallel stream - giving us a purer image, without aerial interference.

View Video

Blue Screen 1980

More tribute than tutorial. This video describes in detail the intricate matting process used for the first three films in the Star Wars Trilogy. It’s
a personal recollection with some film history provided to establish the basis of the blue screen process.

View Video

Grip It Good

Sailors, Cowboys, Loggers, Carpenters, Circus and Stage Riggers are the forefathers of the movie grip department. Our beloved grip brothers combine all of the talents of these legendary trades. Fancy knots that hold fast, safe platforms for lights and camera personnel, and dolly track laid on inhospitable ground  -… View Video

Let there be Light

Economics forced the film industry to develop and apply artificial light! This video discusses the amazing breakthroughs that led to the development of lighting fixtures for the film industry. Starting with a quick review of the properties of light – the video relates basic electromagnetic physics and how that… View Video

A Tale of Two Meters

This is the inaugural “tutorial” where I postulate that light meters are still relevant! Tired eyes and hopeful expectations will be proven right or wrong if you can interpret a well calibrated light meter. Learn to trust it! We review the Zone System and discuss conditions that can fake… View Video


Steadicam Operator James Reid making shots for the TV show “Salem”. You get to see him shoot it and then – you’ll see the actual footage.

View Video

Some Great Reasons To Test

I talk about testing a lot so I decided to make a short video about the practice. Prep time is test time so if there is anything that worries you - test it before the chips are down! Or you can just test for fun! I do all the… View Video

The Making of Scene One

This was the biggest and most complicated sequence I have ever photographed - and I had a lot of help! Please enjoy the making of this historic main title sequence!

View Video


This is a travelogue of my experiences in Morocco while working on the epic mini-series entitled “TUT”.

View Video

Vargo Reel 2016

Here is my updated reel that includes new material from both feature film and television productions.

View Video