18 Facts About Mark Romanek


Mark Romanek is an American retired filmmaker whose directing work includes feature films, television, music videos and commercials.


Mark Romanek was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Shirlee and Marvin Mark Romanek.


Mark Romanek credits seeing Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey at the age of nine with inspiring him to become a film director.


Mark Romanek experimented with Super 8 and 16mm film as a teenager while attending New Trier High School.


Mark Romanek served as second assistant director for Brian De Palma on Home Movies, an autobiographical film De Palma conceived as an exercise for his students at Sarah Lawrence College.


On set, Mark Romanek met Keith Gordon, playing De Palma's alter ego.


Mark Romanek showed me his short films, which I thought were really good and showed a lot of visual flair.


Mark Romanek has worked with many top-selling recording artists from different genres of popular music, and his videos have been given credit for making stars out of some.


Mark Romanek directed the music videos for David Bowie's 1993 singles "Jump They Say" and "Black Tie White Noise".


Mark Romanek was given his first Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video in 1996 for "Scream", a collaboration between the pop superstar siblings Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.


Mark Romanek won his second Grammy two years later, again with Janet Jackson, for her video "Got 'til It's Gone".


In 2002, Mark Romanek shot a video for Audioslave's "Cochise" in which the band performed in the midst of a prolonged pyrotechnic display of the intensity usually seen only during fireworks finales.


In 1997, Mark Romanek received the VMA Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for his contribution to the medium.


Mark Romanek directed Jay-Z's performance art video for the song "Picasso Baby", which aired on HBO on August 2,2013.


Mark Romanek then directed "Filthy" by Justin Timberlake and "Rescue Me" by Thirty Seconds to Mars, which both premiered in 2018.


In 2002, Mark Romanek wrote and directed his second feature film, One Hour Photo, about a department store photo processor who becomes obsessed with a family through their snapshots.


Mark Romanek has dismissed this story stating that there never was a "director's cut" of One Hour Photo and that the studio did not exercise any editorial control.


Mark Romanek was originally attached to direct The Wolfman, but when he was dropped from that production for an unknown reason, he accepted the offer to work on Never Let Me Go.