October 13th, 2009

My 2009 Directoring Demo Reel is now available online in a greater than DVD quality.  You can even click a button on the controls to watch in fullscreen if you wish.



On www.alivenotdead.com

June 22nd, 2007

I’ve been blogging a lot at www.alivenotdead.com, a Hong Kong based artist/fan community where I am one of the featured artists. The CEO is Patrick Lee, formerly the CEO of Rotten Tomatoes.

I will continue to blog the big news here though of course.

Currently I’m writing a two projects attached to different actors – but I can’t talk about either one of them. I’m editing the most recent spot I directed for Sebastian… but I can’t show it yet.

Allucinari just signed on to do work for Mercedes and do all the visual effects for a TV show for which I’m under NDA on. So – as you can see… I’ll need to wait a bit for the big news.

Look for an article about a project I did in the next Creative Cow Magazine as well. www.creativecow.com

Mobile Video Begins

March 9th, 2007

Allucinari has just signed our first Mobile Video contract and within a few weeks our work should be available via cell phones in the US. I will provide more information as it comes.

Allucinari also finished the FX work for a FOX TV show and a project for Sebastian – but I’m not going to use this space to talk about Allucinari projects. I’m only mentioning the mobile video because it is the beginning of a number of mobile projects we have.


February 17th, 2007

Allucinari Logo Due to the increased volume of work and exposure – I’ve incorporated to make my production company offical. Introducing: ALLUCINARI.

Latin for “Wander in the Mind.”

This change also reflects my own personal focus on directing while my very talented and unique team of artists will lead the design and effects efforts to new levels – ideally – on the same projects.

Creative Cow Magazine

January 27th, 2007

The current issue of the Creative Cow Magazine (available in pdf form from their website: www.creativecow.net) has a good article for people who are trying to “break into” the motion graphics business. I am one of the 10 or so artists who lend some thoughts, so I may be biased. If you’re in the demographic – let me know if you found it helpful.

Mark Allen on Loveline

January 10th, 2007

I’m a bit late in posting this, but better late than never…

What do you have to do to get on national radio?

Well, apparently being a pescaterian who has never drank alcohol and doesn’t own a TV is enough.

A few nights ago I was accompanying Kelly Hu to her taping of the national show “Loveline with Dr. Drew.” I’ve gone to a few of these shows and you end up just watching, chatting during the commercials, then acting as body guard on the way home if necessary. It’s fun and you meet nice people.

Tonight was a little bit odd, the DJ, “Striker,” and I started talking midway during the show and he thought it was strange I said I was a “pescaterian” when i turned down the sausage pizza and then the producer mentioned to him that I had never drank alcohol (we’d been talking and somehow it came up) and then when somehow it came up I didn’t own a TV – he said “you want to be on the show?”

So, there I was for a few minutes of my 15 minutes of fame talking about my all my odd habits. When Kelly came back on, she commented, “Yeah but he can’t keep a box of cereal in the house for five minutes.”

I do wish I’d been present of mind enough to give a little of my theory on why I don’t drink to give it some context, but – you know, I’m new at this, so I forgive myself. When I tour the nation with my movie I’ll know better. 🙂 Plus we sort of got onto some other subject about how it was strange Kelly’s boyfriend and my name were almost identical. But they were all very nice and I had a good time. It’s good to know though that my eccentricity may be a good marketing angle.

Welcome to www.markallen.net

December 12th, 2006

Welcome to my new website.

On this page will be listed any significant news as well as occasional thoughts on filmmaking, writing, design, technology and anything else that I might normally post elsewhere.

There are three other main pages with links on the left navgation bar – biography, movies, and quotes. And on the right you will find archives of past posts by date and category, RSS feeds, as well as a few sub pages which might not be ready as of this posting but will be forthcoming.

I hope to see you again soon.