SMARK trailer….check it out!  Coming to a film festival near you…


I sound like a broken record but it’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog with, well, really anything.  However, I do have news of the positive variety:  SMARK is officially done!  I finished my Master’s degree in Media Arts, got my movie shown at the end-of-semester student screenings and now it’s off into the world of media excellence (supposedly).

Truth be told, I am excited for this new venture.  I’ve been down this road before as a media professional when I got out of undergrad back in 1901 and I don’t see why this would be any more difficult.  Recession you say?  Whatever.  People get jobs all the time and I don’t see what I can’t be one of them.

Ah, SMARK you say.  You want to know what’s going on.  Well, like I said — it is done.  After months of tweaks and edits and ridiculously long exports, I came to a point where I said “This movie looks great and I am not ashamed.”  As a filmmaker, I am always self-conscious.  I mean, that two, hell THREE years of hard work on that screen, dripping with frustration and triumph and little fibers of my soul.  And now, after a year of madness, it is ready to go out to festivals.  Right now, only five festivals but once I get some more cash, maybe six or seven festivals.

I promise to update this blog with more information about SMARK and its actors.  We had a great crew and cast.  You should get to know them.  In the meantime, check out the trailer to SMARK elsewhere in this blog (ie: right above this post)


Shawn Marek

Writer/Director of SMARK

SMARK update — 10/26/09

Hey folks,

Sorry for the lack of updates, aside from the random postings that I toss your way.  For those of you wondering what we are up to in SMARK-LAND (damn, why didn’t I use THAT title?), we are very busy, both personally and professionally.

The film is being edited as efficiently as possible.  I’m using Avid, a program in which I have a somewhat decent proficiency.  My fellow grad colleague Trevor has been helping out.  The dude’s an editing ace, having interned for NFL Films at one point.  I guess the most frustrating thing about Avid is at Emerson, in a school filled with film students and media makers, there are, like, two people who know something about Avid.  Mind you, this is a program that is widely considered to become the standard for media editing.  ”Hey, I’m not sure how to do (insert function here).”  ”Well, in Final Cut, it’s usually this but blah blah blah…”  How about I Final Cut my wrists???  Anyways, in other news, I got myself a copy of Final Cut which I intend to learn soon.

We had to set up a few nights of necessary pick-up shots and with that in the bag, I think it is time to move forward and put the candles on this cake of a movie (one that you can’t ever eat).  I am guaranteeing a final cut to be done by December 18.  I say this because if I don’t, I won’t graduate.  A trailer should be up soon, courtesy of Mr. Trevor.  We got some great footage and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

In the meantime, please spread the word about the Facebook fan page and our official blog at  This will probably serve as the official “website” for now.  In the future, I’ll get one of them fancy doMAIN names so its easier to remember.  But do be on the look out for more content from me in the coming weeks.

Thank you all again for your support!

Shawn Marek

Writer-Director-Producer of SMARK