Directing Mike Epps

Paris on "LastMinute.com" 2014

Paris on "LastMinute.com" 2014

Marcus Raboy

I started directing in the womb. My first film "It's Dark In Here" was unreleased when the negative suffered damaged from the amniotic fluid. Distraught after all the hard work went to waste I took a long break from film, only to come back to my first love when I was 12 and I purchased my first Nikon camera. Spending hours shooting stills at the NY KNICK games, I learned from the pros and fell in love with photography and capturing the action of the games. At NYU years later I picked up a film camera and fell in love with moving images, shooting black and white 16mm films for Sight and Sound class. One of my favorites was shot at Belmont racetrack and captured the drama of a routine horse race and all the characters at the track. It was set it to the theme music from Shaft. At the same time I began watching the Godard and Truffaut movies, and Roman Polanksi's early movies (The Tenant, and Repulsion) and my interest level peaked. My love of music and film came together with music videos after graduating. I started shooting for other directors and eventually got a break for Tommy Boy records, to direct Naughty By Nature's "O.P.P." I went on to direct some of my favorite artists including RUN DMC when they made "Down With The King," Ice Cube, Mary J Blige, Sting, and so many more. Recently I have been directing a combination of music videos, commercials and TV specials for Comedy Central, and Showtime. I recently directed the entire upcoming season of BET's comedy series ComicView, taping 30 half hour shows at Turner stages in Atlanta. They will begin airing in first part of 2014. I continue to learn, and seek out stories and artists to bring to the screen, big or small. I am currently working a new special for Comedy Central with the unique and hilarious comedian Hannibal Buress.