Scottish born director, screenwriter, author and producer Markus Innocenti started his film industry career on the set of “Superman” (1977) and by the early 1980’s was running a successful production design business in London.
His work as Art Director and Production Designer on award-winning British commercials and iconic music videos such as Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, Big Country’s “East of Eden” and Tears For Fears’ “Shout” led to offers to direct.
Within a year, he was one of the top music video directors in the world, working with Eurythmics, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin. His debut short-feature “Willie and the Poor Boys” (1985) marked the first time that members of The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin had appeared together on film.
This success led to Markus being signed world-wide to the William Morris Agency, and his first full-length theatrical feature followed - “Murder Story”, (1989) starring Christopher Lee and Alexis Denisof.
He settled in Los Angeles in 1992, with a development deal at Madonna’s Maverick Pictures based on his film documenting the British underground dance scene - “Earthquaker”; directed the erotic thriller “Sweetheart Murders”; had five screenplays optioned; involved himself in post-production as an editor and supervisor; co-founded a boutique sound company and an online film school; directed commercials and short features.
A producer since the formation of Arno-Innocenti Pictures in 1987 (projects included “Celebration Jazz” for the BBC, featuring The Charlie Watts Jazz Orchestra), Markus has co-produced several indie features in the US, among them “Night Creep” (2002), “The Divided” (2007) and “World Full of Nothing” (2008).
Most recently, he has directed the short “In Water, Writ” and caveman comedy feature, “The Missing Link“. He is attached to direct ‘giallo’ thriller “Stop It, Said The Raven” for Windtalker Productions, with “X-Files” Dean Haglund in a leading role. Shooting begins in Los Angeles this summer. He is also attached to direct "That Sweet Smell of Success" for producer Michael King later this year.
A member of the Writers Guild of America, his current screenplay projects include urban drama “Cedrics’s Long Walk” and “Mistake Number Eight”, a light-hearted tale of a crime gone wrong. His non-fiction work “The Filmmaker’s Art”, a handbook for emerging directors, is completed and is in search of a publisher.