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I'm an actor who hates waiting for shit to happen... So I create...

One of the projects I'm most proud of is my Streamy award winning series I co-created and starred in called The Bannen Way for Sony's Crackle.com.

So browse around - check out latest projects, videos, photos, news, blog posts and connect with me on the interwebs.


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Bannen WATCH EPISODE #1

Episode 1: The Criminal Lifestyle

Neal Bannen wants to get out of the criminal lifestyle forever… but he owes $150,000 to the notorious prison gangster Sonny Carr. After failing to triple his money and losing all his money in a poker game, Bannen’s forced to do one more job.

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GANTT PHOTOGRAPHY

My new photography site is up and running. You can check out all my new photos as well as order limited edition, signed, and numbered giclee prints.

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Past Events 2011

DECEMBER 11
Dexter episode airs on Showtime

NOVEMEMBER 22
New series Once Upon by YouTube genius Myster Guitar Man launches. New episode every Tuesday.

NOVEMBER 6
Shooting PSA for Everybody Walk

NOVEMBER 2
Shooting new scripted series with Mystery Guitar Man and Taryn O'neill

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OCTOBER 13
Shooting Toyota Prius ad with director Alexx Henry

SEPTEMBER 21
Shooting McKenna Bourbon commercial

SEPTEMBER 19
Shooting an episode of DEXTER.

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AUGUST 16
THE GUILD
Created by Felicia Day and directed by Sean Becker. Starring Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, Jeff Lewis and Guest Starring Mark Gantt.

AUGUST 8
LEAP YEAR
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Season Finale of the Branded Webseries created by Wilson Cleveland and starring Yuri Baranovsky, Wilson Cleveland, Alexis Boozer, Craig Bierko and Julie Warner
with  Mark Gantt

JULY 11
Mark stars in a new trailer for Faux Film Fleshlightning with Jenna Haze, directed by Brandon Dermer.
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JUNE 17
Mark shoots national network commercial for Kenmore

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JUNE 15
Mark nominated for two BANFF Rockies Awards for The Bannen Way and an episode of Suite 7 he directed with Shannen Doherty.

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JUNE 9
Mark will be speaking on panel at NATPE's PicthCon


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MAY 29
Mark will be on the very cool Radio Talk show KLEAN RADIO

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MAY 11
Mark participating in Brian Rodda Consulting's Fireside Chat

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MAY 10-15
Mark acting in super secret project. Details revealed soon.

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MAY 8
Mark speaking on Mark & Elaine Zicree's SUPERMENTORS 2 Day Filmmakers Class with Michael Nankin, Neil Johnson and Suzanne Lyons.

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MAY 6-7
Mark acting in a comedy short written & directed by Brandon Dermer

MAY 4
Mark will be participating in The Young Storytellers Foundation 2011 Big Show at 6PM - Linwood Howe Elementary

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MAY 3
Mark will be speaking on panel at Digital Hollywood's Content Summit

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APRIL 7-9
Mark shoots National SEARS Commercial.

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MARCH 12-15
Mark attends SXSW Interactive & Film Festival

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FEBRUARY 20
Mark shoots a Guest-Star role on new Branded series called LEAP YEAR created by Wilson Cleveland, Yuri & Vlad Baranovsky

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JANUARY 28
Mark's second episode he directed for SUITE 7 airs. Episode #7 - Company written by Wilson Cleveland & Yuri Baranovsky starring Shannen Doherty & Wilson Cleveland.

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Youtube Channel

Check out the latest videos and clips from my projects and my favorite videos.


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Backstage Article on Streamys

L.A. Actor Got Boost From Streamys Win

L.A. Actor Got Boost From Streamys Win

The Web is meant to be a bastion for indie TV producers and actors but even the Streamy Awards, which were created to honor the best of Internet entertainment, have some prominent mainstream performers among its honorees.

Ken Marino won for his performance on “Burning Love” last year. Weird Al Yankovic won in 2010 for his guest appearance on “Know Your Meme” and Neil Patrick Harris took home a statue in 2009 for his turn on “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” And this year Zach Galifianakis, a past winner, is nominated for his “Between Two Ferns” interview with President Obama. These are hardly performers who were on the brink of stardom before receiving a Streamy.

Still, the awards can give a boost to actors who are struggling for recognition beyond the Web, according to Mark Gantt, a Los Angeles-based performer who won Streamys for his acting and producing on “The Bannen Way” in 2010.

“It opened a lot of doors,” he told Backstage. “For me as an actor, it’s still not an Emmy. The Streamys hasn’t hit that place in the mainstream consciousness, but with agents, managers, and casting people who are aware of the space, having won those awards has helped me.”

“The Bannen Way,” which Gantt co-created with Jesse Warren, is an action-adventure series that was produced for Sony’s Crackle as a feature-formatted as a Web series. Gantt believes it was able to stand out because the medium wasn’t as saturated. “Four years ago there wasn’t a lot of mainstream talent out there doing [online series],” he said. “The reality now is digital studios and multi-channel networks are basically cable companies, and they’re looking to do half-hour and hour long series.”

That makes it more difficult for indie TV producers and actors to find an audience online. “In terms of you having $250 and a camera to go shoot something, you’re one of thousands—how do you stand out and create something different? It’s much more a challenge now,” said Gantt, who’s set to direct his first feature, titled "A Place Apart," later this year.

Gantt said he understands the tension between honoring YouTubers and established talent for Internet-based awards like the Streamys. Still, he said, “they can’t ignore somebody with a name that is out there doing stuff in the space. It is tougher for an indie person who's unknown to create a show and get known.”

Actors should still try their hands at producing their own content, he adds. “You have to keep going 'next' all the time. Something will pop.”

His advice to aspiring Streamy winners? Have passion and don’t go it alone. “We surrounded ourselves with professionals who could do this in their sleep,” he said of his 2010 production.

The 4th Streamy Awards are set to air here Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. PT.

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Blanc Biehn Productions Article

How Mark Gantt Has Changed The Way Things Are Done In Horror

Mark Gantt is a multi-talented film industry professional who has done it all at one time or another. He is well known for being an actor, director, producer, and writer. However, when new filmmakers look at his work, they are often drawn to the amazing way he has used the internet.

Mark Gantt didn’t actually get his start in horror, but probably made the greatest early impact in his role as Neal Bannen and executive producer of “The Bannen Way.” This crime drama series helped him to draw on his own experiences as a member of a law enforcement family.

“The Bannen Way” was carried as a completely exclusive online experience, and won a Streamy Award for its outstanding writing, acting, direction and production. During this time, Mark had to fight for the production to be recognized, since it was “geoblocked” and not available to the entire World Wide Web.

The quality of “The Bannen Way” helped to change the Streamys, leading to a ruling that geoblocked content was eligible for the award. Besides this, Gantt was able to demonstrate that a web-only focus could build up a dedicated following while reducing production costs.

At The BB Basement, we respect everything Mark has done so far — so it’s important to direct some attention to his latest achievement, the successful crowd funding of “The Night Visitor.”

“The Night Visitor” Achieved Production Faster Thanks To Mark Gantt’s Savvy

Following his success with “The Bannen Way,” Mark was looking for innovative ways to bring his vision to life and he found it in the form of Kickstarter. Kickstarter was the perfect platform to fund “The Night Visitor,” and he used it expertly.

“The Night Visitor” was a horror/sci-fi tale about a family in turmoil. A couple must struggle to save their marriage while protecting their son from an invisible “Night Visitor” with terrible powers.

With the success of “The Night Visitor,” the path was open to “The Night Visitor 2: Heather’s Story,” which will continue the tale. Naturally, the collaboration between Mark Gantt and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn will continue as well!

Wondering how to get your creative ambitions realized? It’s important to carry the same spirit of creativity and innovation into your funding and marketing that you do in your acting and directing. Mark Gantt has definitely shown how to do it — and we foresee great things for him in the future!

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On Set of TNT's MAJOR CRIMES

 
LIFELINE - Photos from set

Written and Directed by Jeffrey Wang and starring Mark Gantt and Kathleen Gati.

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EXAMINER: Lifetime Film Article

Since its inception in the year, 2009, the crowdfunding organization known as Kickstarter has claimed to have raised over one billion dollars in donations to fund more than one hundred thirty-five thousand projects of artistic ventures of various sizes. There have been many success stories and many recent ones include the Veronica Mars motion picture. The latest success story involves an ambitious and very talented couple whose list of credits in the entertainment industry is stunningly impressive. Heather and Jeffery Wang have worked on a number of impressive projects which include "Justified," "Breaking Bad," "Lone Survivor" and "A Million Way to Die in the West."

 

The talented duo started a Kickstarter campaign in order to direct and produce a short horror film entitled, "Lifeline." The short film is based on a story written by Jeffery Wang of which he has also just completed directing on June 1st. I was given details of the project by actor, producer, writer and director, Mark Gantt who is one of the leads in the short. This interview took place after the short film's principal photography wrapped and the two were able to catch their breath after a whirlwind filming schedule.

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Oscar: I have read the information on your Kickstarter campaign pitch and have viewed your video. I am impressed! Your influences are well stated in your campaign. Will you be trying to create a similar visual quality that many of the horror film of the 80's had?

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JUNE 30
Shooting Top-Of-Show Guest-star on TNT's MAJOR CRIMES
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MAY 26
Shooting begins on LIFELINE opposite Kathleen Gati(General Hospital)

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FEBRUARY 15
Begin filming THE NIGHT VISITOR 2: HEATHER'S STORY starring Mark Gantt, Jennifer Blanc, Caitlin Carmichael, Brianne Davis, Gary Cairns, Hudson Pischer and Chip Coffey. The film will be directed by Brianne Davis.

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DECEMBER 14
THE NIGHT VISITOR screens as part of the ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD FESTIVAL in San Francisco.

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NOVEMBER 13
Shooting Los Angeles portion of THE SECOND REIGN OF NIGHT
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SEPTEMBER 2
Mark begins shooting lead role in THE SECOND REIGN OF NIGHT, written and directed by Antoni Sole. Shooting in Barcelona, Spain.

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AUGUST 16-18
Check out Mark at the HOT AS HELL WEB SERIES FAN FEST in Palm Springs

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JULY 1
Begin shooting HIDDEN IN THE WOODS in Houston, Texas opposite William Forsythe.

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JUNE 13
On panel for SAG-AFTRA's Liferaft with Yuri Baravovsky, Ian Moffit, Helena Santos and Zadi Diaz
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MAY 1
Moderating panel at Digital Hollywood CONTENT SUMMIT.

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APRIL 7
Shooting Pilot D-TEC, a series for new second screen technology Samsung.

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APRIL 4
Begin shooting THE NIGHT VISITOR. Produced by Mark Gantt, Directed by Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and starring Brianne Davis, Gary Cairns, Tara Buck, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Mark Gantt.

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MARCH 1
Booked new feature film HIDDEN IN THE WOODS. They are shooting the English Language version with Michael Biehn.

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FEBRUARY 18
Mark begins teaching acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Mark began studying with Milton Katselas in 1999.

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FEBRUARY 9TH
Final day of shooting on WHOA! with Taryn Southern, Linda Blair and Leslie Jordan.

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FEBRUARY 4TH
First season of new digital series THE INN launches. Created by Steve Silvmeran and stars Crystal Chappell and myself. I come towards the end of this season.

FEBRUARY 1-4
Shooting great film with Joe Penna again. Very excited about this project!

JANUARY 19 - 20
Shooting pilot presentation for new digital series WHOA! Created by Scott Richter, starring Linda Blair and myself!

JANUARY 12
Shooting scenes from new feature film FINDING CALI

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DECEMBER 2
DONOR selected as part of the Unofficial GOOGLE+ Film Festival
Alexis Boozer wins Best Overall Actress
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DECEMBER 2012
Begin shooting new digital series THE INN opposite Crystal Chappell (Days of Our Lives, Guiding Light, Venice the series)
Created by Steven Silverman (Pretty The Series)

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NOVEMBER 12
New series MERIDIAN premiers on FOURTH WALL Studio's RIDESTV and on MYSTERY GUITAR MAN'S YouTube channel - November 20th.

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NOVEMBER 8-10
First Glance Film Festival - Philadelphia
I won BEST DIRECTOR for DONOR!

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NOVEMBER 6-7
Speaking at the 2nd Annual

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OCTOBER 2012
Shooting new TV Series BLUFF in Calgary, Alberta created by Jewelle Colwell

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SEPTEMBER 29
Shooting new series MERIDIAN by Joe Penna (MysteryGuitarMan) with Orlando Jones. Yeah I'm playing that douchy office manager.

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SEPTEMBER 8-10
Producing new online series
Created and Executive Produced by Sybil Temtchine & Steve Peros
Directed by Perry Andelin Blake
Executive Produced by Mark Gantt
Starring: Sybil Temtchine, Dennis Dugan, Frank Coraci, Eric Avari, Gwendolyn Yeo, Mark Gantt, Brianne Davis and Michael Lerner

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JULY 15
Completed shooting Pilot Presentation THE PROGRAM that I produced and starred in.
Created by Matt Lutz, Directed by Dylan Mulick
With Robert Forster, Kate Siegel and Brett Fliesher

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APRIL 28-29
Shooting project with web funny man Jon Lajoie and Roddy Piper (one of the nicest guys I've met) - Check Roddy Piper and Jon Lajoie's site.

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APRIL 17
Attending AMONG FRIENDS screening at Universal City

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APRIL 9
Shannen Doherty honored for Best Individual Performance from the 2012 Webby Awards in the SUITE 7 episode "Company" that Mark directed. Episode was written by Yuri Baranovsky and stars Shannen and Wilson Cleveland.

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APRIL 1
DONOR - directed by Mark Gantt WINS "Best of the Fest" Award at INDIE CINEMA SERIES FESTIVAL


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MARCH 24
Short film I directed DONOR screens at BEVERLY HILLS SHORTS FEST
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FEBRUARY 20
SECRET PROJECT REVEALED - I'm shooting HUNGER GAMES fan film STAR SQUAD playing Dr. Aurelius.

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FEBRUARY 4
Shooting a few episodes of new digital series.

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