Marko Slavnić was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and came to the U.S with his family in 1991 when he was just eight years old. He grew up in Austin, Texas, where he graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in RTF (radio, television and film). Marko’s first two short films since college, which were shot simultaneously, were met with instant success. “Table 7,” is currently playing at several prestigious international film festivals and “Chicken vs. Penguin” went on to win the $100,000 Nikon Film Festival grand prize.
“In addition, “Table 7,” and Marko’s latest short film “Shades of Grey,” both advanced to semi-final round in the 2010 Doorpost Film Project. Marko most recently directed the Canon sponsored pilot “Behind the Lens,” and is currently in production on two new short films. Table 7 has screened at over 30 film festivals all over the world.
Greatest inspirations or influences? A lot of the directors that came up in the 90s who are big shots now: Fincher, Nolan, Tarantino...
Project your most proud of so far? Probably Table 7 but I have two other short films in post production right now that I am very excited to see how they turn out
What would be a dream project/film for you? Sucker Punch
Favorite websites/blogs? Lots of great content out there, such as Nofilmschool.com
Challenges film makers face these days? With equipment being so cheap the independent market is really oversaturated. Anyone can buy a pretty damn good camera for under a grand and technically they're a filmmaker. So I think a big challenge is figuring out how to stand out. Not only that, but the way in which people view movies and media content is evolving every day, and it will be a challenge for current and future filmmakers to figure out how to stay on top of that.
Anything else youd like to share with our audience? It has never been a better time to be a filmmaker. Equipment is cheap, and the internet gives us the power to not only have out work seen by thousands is not millions, but also gives us the opportunity to easily connect with other filmmakers. Those that understand how to use those elements to their advantage will no doubt succeed.