Born in Pasadena, California, Mark Herzig made an early commitment to the fine arts, studying painting and printmaking, before surrendering to filmmaking in 1980. Based in San Francisco, he spent the Eighties as a focus puller on big commercials and only slightly smaller movies, learning his craft from some of the biggest names in commercial and music video production: Leslie Dektor, Joe Murray, Harris Savides and Michael Berkovsky.
Since moving to the eyepiece in 1995, he has lit over 5000 commercials, corporate image pieces, and narrative films both long and short.
In 1999, “Scherzo”, his first short as director, was invited to a select showcase in Paris, Une Nouvelle veine des cineastes (The New Filmmakers). His short film “et cetera” (which he wrote, directed and photographed) won Best Cinematography at the 2001 New York Independent International Film Festival, and in 2004, his short film “Lunch”, (as writer, director and cinematographer) earned a place at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Festival du court metrage, where the daily La Montagne hailed the film as a “Lynchian industrial comedy-nightmare”.
He has also taught cinematography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, the PCFE Film School in Prague, Czech Republic, and CSUS in Sacramento, California.