Marcus Stokes is a director whose talent for both innovative storytelling and amazing visuals is truly unique. He entered the world of film production as a computer graphics artist at George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). While at ILM, Marcus created groundbreaking visual effects for blockbuster films including Star Wars Episode I, Minority Report, Wild Wild West, and Small Soldiers. He then moved to Los Angeles and supervised visual effects for The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, I Robot, and Serenity. Marcus officially began his directorial career when he joined the Director’s Guild of America as a commercial director and created ads for clients including GMC, Nissan, and Walt Disney Pictures. During this time, Marcus also worked on documentaries, music videos, and even as a segment director for the NAACP Image Awards. Soon after, Marcus realized his true passion in narrative filmmaking and began creating his own content. His very first film as writer/director, The Catalyst, was so successful on the festival circuit that it was acquired by HBO and aired on their networks for two years.
Marcus continued to develop his unique blend of storytelling and visual skills by working closely with veteran directors Tim Story and F. Gary Gray. This combination of talents is most evident in his latest VFX short film, The Signal, executive produced by Tim Story and starring Michael Ealy and Grace Phipps. Today, Marcus is focused on continuing his narrative filmmaking career. He is the only director ever invited to participate in the directors programs at ABC, CBS, Fox, and Sony Pictures combined and has also shadowed on several network shows including Criminal Minds, Powers, Black-ish, & Supergirl. He was also recently chosen as one of the Los Angeles Times’ Diverse 100 for his narrative and visual effects achievements. In the world of feature films, Marcus is also working to bring his latest original screenplay, a post-apocalyptic thriller entitled O2, to the big screen. Before Marcus’ life in the film industry, he worked in the field of Architectural design, in which he holds a Master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He also spent three years working in rural Japan as a language instructor and translator for the Japanese Ministry of Education.