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Mike Marino in His Own Words

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Mike Marino has directed a great short film, a comedy called Titans of Newark. It's part of the Shorts From Around Here: Take 3 collection, screening Sunday, November 10 at 10AM in the 16th annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. I emailed a series of questions about himself and the making of his movie. Marino's email response was so well-written that I've decided to publish the whole thing pretty much as is with only a few minor edits. Marino is scheduled to participate in the Q & A session at Rehoboth Beach. Here's a preview in his own words.

Re: Questions About Your Movie
By: Michael J. Marino

"I actually was born in New York, but my dad was transferred for work when I was 5. I grew up in Phoenix, MD, which is about 10 minutes outside of Hunt Valley in Baltimore County. My family and I used to do big family trips to Bethany Beach and Ocean City even before I moved to Maryland, however we didn't get a house of our own until I was about 11.

That same year was when I saw Scream for the first time. At that age I was absolutely terrified of horror films, yet somehow fell in love with the movie. First of all, the beginning 15 minutes are an absolutely perfect short film. Second, the film taught me about genre conventions and how to play with them. Scream was not only a horror movie, but it was a horror movie making fun of horror movies while also trying to be one! The writer Kevin Williamson knew exactly what was expected of his film by an audience, so he found ways to both mock the genre and twist it unexpectedly. To me as a kid, it was genius. In a lot of ways I have tried to apply the same methodology to Titans of Newark. People watching the film can probably predict much of the storyline based on the genre, but the fun is seeing how we try to exploit those expectations or unexpectedly twist them. There are dozens of other movies (such as Clash of the Titans) that have inspired me, but I don't want to rant for hours.
 
In 2008, I received an undergraduate degree at Temple University in Philadelphia for Film and Media Arts. While there, I shot a short children's film that went on to a few of my first film festivals. After that, I spent a year working on some of the various Hollywood films that came to town, including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Law Abiding Citizen. However after awhile, I realized that I still had a lot to learn about directing and didn't want to give up on my ambitions as a filmmaker.

In 2009, I started to attend Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, which was a graduate conservatory in Orange, California where I solely studied directing. The experience was overall amazing. We got to shoot a variety of short films, study the nature of directing actors under industry veterans Martha Coolidge (Real Genius) and John Badham (Saturday Night Fever), and make use of resources ranging from sound stages, motion capture rooms, Foley stages, etc. I graduated in 2012 with Titans of Newark to show for it.

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