In “Community Conservation”, Mark drew on his deep knowledge of Maine, its lands and its people. In vivid, lovely vignettes, Mark captured the spirit and achievements of Maine’s land trust community as it works to improve the lives of all in Maine and conserve the landscapes we all call home. Touching all corners of the State, Mark brought the voices of an incredibly wide range of people to the screen as they explore their relationship to the Land: from a craftsman building the traditional “Grand Laker” canoes to New Mainers from Africa working the land and supporting their families. As the fiscal sponsor for the project, Maine Coast Heritage Trust found Mark a pleasure to work with: creative, on time, and on budget.
-Tim Glidden, President; Maine Coast Heritage Trust
I had the privilege of working with Mark on our Emmy award winning series Quest. Handling sensitive and complex subjects, Mark’s work proved to be the highlight of the program. Always approaching stories from a fresh angle, his creative and insightful storytelling ability is an asset to any production.
-Laura Schenck, Producer; MPBN
Mark Ireland is amongst the most responsible leaders and creative thinkers I know. I would highly recommend him.
-Richard Kane, Chair; Maine Film & Video Association
When I was asked to produce a series of short documentaries for Museum L/A I knew immediately who to call for video and editing services. Maine native Mark Ireland knows this state inside out. From producing MPBN’s “Made in Maine” to countless other television and independent video projects, he is recognized as a tireless promoter of the people, places and businesses of the Pine Tree State. After more than a quarter of a century of video production, Mark’s reputation is clearly demonstrated in the impressive body of his work. He is a master of his craft, and never fails to provide the perfect mix of captivating stories and breathtaking imagery in everything he does.
-Bill Maroldo, producer; Echoes in Time
During my years with MPBN, if I needed a freelance producer, Mark was the first person I’d call. He produced numerous programs and projects for us, including several half-hour profiles of museums for our Maine Art Museum Trail series. He is a skilled storyteller with a great eye, and I always appreciated his work ethic, people skills, and ability to work within a budget.
-Joe Riley, President and CEO, KWBU-TV & FM
The project presented a number of challenges: a limited budget; limited shooting time; and the logistics of traveling to remote island communities. This required a videographer who not only was a professional, but could work under difficult conditions. Mark exceeded my expectations. His care, self-reliance, flexibility and positive attitude made this project go smoothly. As a videographer, Mark has a keen eye and a knack for innovative on-the-spot solutions. As an editor, he can envision an entire project while zeroing in on a small detail; an ability that helped give our project a natural flow and tell our story clearly and with the proper feeling. I’d work with Mark again in a heartbeat.
–Jon LeVeen, Against the Tide
As a journalist, I value accuracy in story-telling above all else. I felt very fortunate to have been teamed with Mark Ireland when my newspaper helped develop a video project to tell the stories of other northeastern communities that have endured base closures. We traveled across the region and conducted interviews with civic leaders, business owners and other stakeholders to gather perspectives on how other communities handled the loss of money and population tied to their military presences. At the end of our travels, Mark expertly wove together a commentary of hope and survival using the interviews and other footage he shot. Most importantly of all to me, that commentary was truthful, insightful and accurate. Mark’s program is still a ‘must watch’ for people in our area bracing for the closure of Brunswick Naval Air Station.
-Seth Koenig, Reporter, Times Record
Mark Ireland produced an excellent video for us a few years ago on Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick, the object of a big capital campaign conducted by the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. The video conveyed the special essence of the farm, and helped notably in raising funds for the campaign. Mark is excellent at what he does and has a great human touch.
–Jack Aley, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust executive director
Mark Ireland created a video to showcase the Family Arts Festival presented by Brunswick Area Arts & Cultural Alliance. The video is shown in our local movie theater before each show for the month before the festival. This gives us a chance to be seen by a wide audience, and it has greatly increased attendance at our festival. Mark comes to the festival each year to get new footage, and is very cooperative about adding new sponsors, and changing the video as needed. I recommend his work.
-Judy Lloyd, Brunswick Area Arts and Cultural Alliance