Marc grew up in Hull, MA and attended high school at Hull High. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland, did some graduate work at American University, moved to Los Angeles in 1977. There he worked as a professional actor, musician, and photographer while studying film production. He obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Motion Picture Production from Los Angeles Valley College.
Relocating to the East Coast, he formed Marc Alan Productions, an independent production company. Subsequently, he directed, shot, and produced the independently financed film “Return to Rapidan” in 1985. Rapidan, based on an original story, tells the tale of an artifact collector who finds an object clearly lost in a long-ago Civil War ambush. This artifact proves to be a literal link to the past. The film was broadcast nationwide on PBS, and led to his employment by Doug Bailey Films, Inc., a company based in the Washington D.C, area. There he served as both Director and film editor. He worked at many other media firms, including free-lance media, cable studios, film, video, and production. This experience led to attaining the position of Senior Video Producer/ Director/Editor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Communications 1996.
Marc’s Production Awards include two Communicator Crystal Awards for “Mona Island Coral Reef Restoration”; one Cine Golden Eagle for “Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary”; a Worldfest Silver Award for “After the Spill: Restoring an Estuary”; a Cine Golden Eagle Award for “TIROS: 40 Years of Discovery”; another Cine Golden Eagle for “Buck Island: Partners for Protection and Resource Management”; and three from the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) including First Place and Best of Show for “Our Seas and Our Skies: NOAA’s 30th Anniversary”.
Marc retired from NOAA with his Meteorologist wife Joanne in 2015 and now lives in Santa Fe where he is an independent media producer, photographer, and writer enjoying the desert skies.