Mr. Mark Steensland received his B.A. in Film Studies from University of California at Santa Barbara in 1987, his M.A. in English from California State University at Sacramento in 1993, and his M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Chapman University in 2004. He joined the Penn State Communication Department faculty as Lecturer in Media Production in 2005.
Mr. Steensland was first professionally published at the age of 18 in Prevue magazine. Since then, his work as a journalist has appeared in numerous national publications, including American Cinematographer, Millimeter, and Kamera. He has also written a book on the films of director Michael Mann.
Mr. Steensland has worked in a variety of capacities in film and television. His work in Hollywood includes script reading for both Gladden Entertainment, and Oscar-nominated producer Richard N. Gladstein. He worked in the production office on Mannequin, in the art department on Emilio Estevez’s directorial debut, Wisdom, and as assistant to Oscar-nominated director Martin Brest on the Robert DeNiro film Midnight Run. He was most recently hired by Paradox Entertainment to adapt the Robert E. Howard short story Pigeons from Hell into a feature-length screenplay.
Outside of Hollywood, Mr. Steensland has written, produced, directed and edited numerous hours of commercials, music videos, live satellite training broadcasts and industrial films. He has worked with Dr. Ken Blanchard, author of The One-Minute Manager; Total Quality Management guru Richard Chang; and Entrepreneurial Government expert Ted Gaebler.
He has directed two feature films: The Last Way Out (a crime drama), and The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick (a documentary). His short films (including Sucker, Lovecraft's Pillow, Dead@17, Peekers, The Ugly File, and The Weeping Woman) have played in festivals around the world and earned numerous awards, including Best Short, Best Director, and Best Editing.
He has also served as an advisor to Tom Savini's Digital Filmmaking Program, as the Vice President of the Eerie Horror Film Festival; and as an officer with the Film Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania and the Northwest Pennsylvania Film Office.
His novel for young readers, Behind the Bookcase, will be published in fall of 2012 by Dellacorte Press, an imprint of Random House.