With over 25 years’ experience Mark Hammer has a wide and diverse background in lighting and its applications. He has lit stars of theatre, famous structures, movie stars, rock stars, ancient artefacts, sport heroes, royalty, religious and political leaders and cruise ships. He has lit theatres, big tops, indoor and outdoor stadiums, building exteriors, school halls, restaurants, nightclubs, museums, mobile stages and venues that were never meant to be venues. He has been responsible for lighting stage shows, tours, installations, award shows, corporate events, product launches, fashion shows, art shows, and theatrical extravaganzas. He is able to bring all this to the design table and apply this experience from concept through to the finished results.
Specialising in lighting large scale events like the Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies 2006 and New Years Eve on Sydney Harbour, he is able to paint an overview but still have and eye for detail. Organization and teamwork are important elements on any production but are crucial factors on events of this scale.
Mark had also lit international music artists for camera including Stevie Wonder, Slash, Katy Perry, Lupa Fiasco, Keisha and One Direction. As well as local artists Keith Urban, Powerfinger, Jessica Maulboy, Timomatic, 360 and Sam Sparro. Also red carpet appearances and TV awards shows for music and sports.
In the corporate world, Mark has lit many launches, promotions and awards evenings. Each one requires a different approach with each specification. Sometimes the locations have been unusual or the creative brief exotic.
In addition to this Mark has also been involved in installation lighting. He has designed a complete lighting system for the Oxford Art Factory which is a gallery and nightclub. Power availability was a major issue so Marks system was LED based supported by low voltage and fixtures for low power consumption. Sydney Children’s Hospital has a playroom lit by Mark as well as the refurbished ground floor of the Sydney Jewish Museum, The Comedy Café at Fox Studios and the Cafe at The Australian Museum.
Marks use for LED technology in installations and shows has created an interest in installed art. He lit the Songlines sculpture at the Music Conservatorium and provided an interactive palette for Smartlight 2009 with the Rainbow light Sculpture which was also displayed in Singapore. At Vivid 2011 Mark displayed another one of his installations, The Light Wheel.
He also mentors at NIDA in lighting design and operation and was an invited speaker at PALM lighting trade show in Beijing on lighting large scale events.