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Mark Emery Biography

Mark Emery

Mark is an independent filmmaker who grew up in central Florida in the sixties and early seventies. He worked early on wrestling alligators and milking rattlesnakes for a living at Ross Allen's Reptile Institute at Silvers Springs. Emery later worked for a time with underwater filmmaker Jordan Klein Jr and his father. After guiding fly fishermen in Alaska for a summer. The Klein's gave him a Bolex movie camera for his next Alaska summer and he began shooting film. Mark also began writing soundtrack for the Klein's about the same time and in 1986 Mark and Tracy Collins scored one of the first large budget shark shows for the Discovery Channel. Collins and Emery have as of 2008 scored over 200 television shows and commercials. As for films Mark is still working for National Geographic as a contract shooter, spending summers in Alaska with his wife in a small town 300 air miles from the nearest connecting road in King Salmon Alaska.
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From October until May, Emery is in Florida either working on One More Cast, writing soundtracks for television shows or traveling to whatever location is next. He has worked extensively underwater with alligators likely more than any other filmmaker as the water near his home is clear and easy to film in. He was recently featured filming gators in a BBC film entitled Florida's Wild Side. He has made many films on different species from crocodiles, fish, Grizzly bears to manatees. He has shot in Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Argentina as well as several countries in Africa. His most recent work on a large species involved sixty days of shooting on moose in Alaska fro National Geographic. He is currently finishing shooting a music video on The Garneau band for their song Keep the Dream Alive. Produced and recorded by multiple Grammy winner Bruce Swedien. You can check Bruce's face book for the youtube video. He has written many articles for magazines and most recently had cover photos on Alaska magazine in April 2006 and 2008. His images have appeared in the National Geographic Magazine, Nat Geo online, London Times, Outside magazine, Outdoor life, Field and Stream, Florida Sportsmen, Northwest Fly fishing and in many national and international commercials. He currently has 150,000 still images in stock, many hours of film and HD footage and a large stock of original soundtrack music. He lives with his wife Mary in Ocala, Florida.