MARK HOWARD – Writer / Director / Co-producer
Mark began his film making career when he was given his first 8mm cine camera as a ninth birthday present, and by the time he’d left school in 1983 he’d won two national film making awards, and a special commendation at the 1981 Cork Film Festival. After a brief stint at a Manchester based animation studio, Mark trained as a theatre technician at the Derby Hall in Bury, where he was mentored in stage direction by legendary actor Sir Anthony Quayle. At the same time he studied photography in the basement at the Arts and Crafts Centre, while L.S. Lowry taught students upstairs. After gaining his photography qualifications, Mark relocated to London where he worked as a freelance rock photographer, providing NME and Sounds music papers with a regular supply of powerful iconic rock images of 80’s figures such as Iggy Pop, New Model Army, Johnny Thunders and the extended Hawkwind family.
In 1989 Mark was one of the location documentary photographers for the Stonehenge Free Festival co-operative movement, which led to a large “Peace Convoy” photographic exhibition in Rochdale in 1994.
IIn the mid-1990’s Mark returned to art college for three years to study fine art photography, before returning to his first love – film making. After working low-level on a number of high profile television and film properties over the following years, Mark refined his craft skills and went on to write and direct the cult Peter Slater and Peter Kay television comedy film “Roddy Smythe Investigates”, a film where he would first meet his future business partner and Lock In collaborator, Stephen Greenhalgh.
In 1999 Mark stepped down as editor of the official Peter Kay website to form Northern Misfits, a loose collective of North West-based film and television professionals, brought together to produce an eclectic mix of film, television and new media productions. Mark has written, directed and/or produced a number of acclaimed television documentaries, including Pendle’s Paranormal Road Map, Dave Courtney’s Guide to Self Defence, Knuckledust, several comedy pilots and films and numerous music video’s, advertising and promotional films. He also continues to work as a photographer, animator and camera operator. “Lock In” is his first full length dramatic feature film.
STEPHEN GREENHALGH – Actor / Co-Producer
Steve, a qualified stuntman, has developed his career since breaking through in the late 1990’s to become an acclaimed actor and producer, though he still continues to honour his roots by regularly undertaking stunt and stunt / fight co-ordination in a number of film and television projects. A martial arts expert, specialising in sword and horsemanship, Steve’s fight and stunt co-ordination skills are constantly in demand, with stunt and acting work in feature films such as “Displaced”, “World of the Dead” and “Life’s A Bitch, Billy Dean”.
He was approached by Dave Courtney and associates of The Firm to co-ordinate the battle scenes in the largest period action film ever staged in Nigeria, but filming commitments in California on the film “Insidious” prevented his eventual involvement.
In 2003 Steve opened the Studio 17 facility in Manchester, in partnership with Mark Howard, but this closed in 2005 when the BBC committed to Media City and the site was redeveloped. Steve then joined Mark on a two year television collaboration with celebrity Kray-associate and writer Dave Courtney, co-producing two films. Whilst still maintaining a steady flow of acting and stunt jobs, Steve and Mark joined forces for a large MoD contract, producing promotional films for the Army and becoming embedded with 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Out of this came two acclaimed documentaries, endorsed by the Regiment and their Commander in Chief, H.R.H. Prince Michael. Whilst still maintaining a close working relationship with Mark Howard and Northern Misfits.
Steve then went on to found GreenBond Productions, a Burnley-based small production house that has built a strong reputation for innovative promotional and advertising films, working in partnership with a number of local individuals, companies and agencies. As well as co-producing “Lock In”, Steve has a supporting role in the film as Cyclops, the intimidating caretaker with a scarred face and a dark secret. He also had the opportunity to put his stunt training to the test when he executed the films only stunt – two falls (for maximum angles using three cameras) down a full flight of concrete steps. The preparation and training worked, as he’s still around to tell the tale.
ADDITIONAL KEY PERSONNEL
ANDRE LILLE - Production Co-ordinator
SIMON STEC - 2nd Unit Camera
JAY ‘THE PHANTOM MENACE’ HORROCKS - Sound
LINDA PALEY - Wardrobe Supervisor
KEVIN TIMMINS - Film Lab Technician
BILLY DAVIESON - Publicity Photographer
Make Up Effects Team
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