Mark Sanderson is a Los Angeles based screenwriter, script consultant, and sometimes actor blessed to be living his childhood dream of making movies with over two-dozen screenplays written in genres ranging from comedy to drama — from his sketch comedy writing and performing with The Amazing Onionheads and writing for MTV, to his eleven screenwriting assignments, television premieres, and worldwide distribution of his emotionally compelling films — the indie WWII feature I’ll Remember April, Lifetime Network's holiday films An Accidental Christmas and Deck the Halls, the stylish indie noir feature Stingers, and action-packed thrillers USS Poseidon: Phantom Below and SyFy Network's Sea Snakes (aka Silent Venom). Mark's films have premiered on Lifetime, LMN, Fox Family, SyFy, HereTV, NBC Universal, and distributed globally.
Mark’s creative passion for filmmaking began
when he was just eleven years old and started making films with his
friends. These "Beardless Wonders of Filmmaking" took their craft seriously and created their own studio where they screened the films and even charged admission. Eventually their films premiered at a Los Angeles teen film festival that garnered a featured article in the LA Times.
After graduating from UCLA Film School, Mark’s early screenplays garnered nominations in writing competitions including a semi-finalist nod in the top 3% of all entries in the Academy’s prestigious Nicholl Fellowship, and a top 50 finalist placement in the Paramount Pictures based Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project originally created by Steven Spielberg.
Mark's produced films have been recognized around the world at major festivals including a premiere and opening the Palm Springs Int. Film Festival, and premieres at the Hawaii Int. Film Festival, St. Louis Int. Film Festival, Rainbow Festival, Newport Beach Int. Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale Int. Film Festival, and nominated for the Starboy Award at the Oulu International Children's Film Festival in Finland.
Mark’s long association with Hollywood veterans and award winning filmmakers dates back to
his first produced screenplay and has since worked with Producer’s
Guild of America nominees Paul Colichman (Academy Award winner Gods & Monsters) and Mark R. Harris (Academy Award winner Crash) — veteran
genre directors Brian Trenchard-Smith, George Mendeluk, Fred Olen Ray, and the late Bob Clark — and Academy Award acting nominees Seymour Cassel, the late Pat Morita, Haley Joel
Osment, Tom Berenger, and Emmy acting nominees Mark Harmon and James Hong.
Management: Element Entertainment. Legal: Loeb & Loeb, LLP