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Marcus Taplin

Director of Photography
Minneapolis, MN

Emmy & Telly Award winning DP living and working in the greater Minneapolis area. Worked on many different types of projects that include documentaries, TV shows, cooperate commercials, music videos, and pro sports videos. Arri Amira & C100 Owner/Operator

Jul 2015 – Jul 2015

Director of Photography (Arri Amira) – Cub Foods (Ivie & Associates)

Commercial/Ad — Elite Edge Productions

Shot a :30sec Spot for Cub Foods about their "Cub Cares" initiative with Jerry Kill the head coach of the Minnesota Gopher Football Team. Shot in two locations on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Commanded a crew of 12 people worked on a tight schedule with 2 company moves.

Jul 2015 – Jul 2015

Director of Photography (C300) Ryan Suter on the Farm

FOXSPORTS — Reality/Doc (TV) — Fox Sports

DP of a 3 person crew that when to Madison, WI to tour Minnesota Wild Defensemen Ryan Suter's farm and the local spots he hangs out at in Madison. Shot walk and talks, broll, interviews and scenics.

Jul 2015 – Jul 2015

Camera Operator (Arri Amira) Nfl Films Presents 23

NFL — Reality/Doc (TV) — NFL Films

Shot in Minnesota and Wisconsin about a run away hot air balloon.

Jul 2015 – Jul 2015

Director of Photography (Arri Amira) – Select Comfort - Sleep Number Beds

Commercial/Ad — sureCAN productions

2 day commercial shoot in studio working on 2 different sets with a 20' Cammate crane and robotic head. I was the DP so I worked to designed the lighting and operated the crane.

Jul 2015 – Jul 2015

Director of Photography (Arri Amira) – Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC (Vikings Entertainment Network)

Commercial/Ad — Elite Edge Productions

Shoot footage on the Arri Amira mounted on the Dji Ronin to be used along with footage I shot this past fall at a few Minnesota Vikings games. This footage will be cut down into 2 :30sec TV spots promoting the upcoming year.

Jun 2015 – Jun 2015

Director of Photography (Canon C300) Buffalo Wild Wings: Alive Events‬

All Social Media — Internet — Elite Edge Productions

Worked with the clients and agency to accomplish this viral marketing effort behind this video. Planning out logistically how to shoot this and direct my b cam and audio what to capture, while shooting the main camera angle.

Jun 2015 – Jun 2015

Camera Operator (Arri Amira) NFL High School Honor Roll 1

NFL — Reality/Doc (TV) — NFL Films

Shooting with Larry Fitzgerald at his football camp in Minnesota

Jun 2015 – Jun 2015

Camera Operator (Arri Amira) A Football Life: Jerome Bettis 5

NFL — Reality/Doc (TV) — NFL Films

Shot in Detroit, MI following Jerome around for two days at two different speaking functions, a tour of Ford Field and doing interviews with family and friends.


Bethany Lutheran College

Film & TV Production/Business Majors

My Gear

  • 1×1 LED FLOLight
  • 2 x 400 Diva Kino Flos
  • 2 x Lectrosonics SMV Transmitters
  • 2 x SANKEN 11D Mics
  • 3 x Matthews C Stands
  • 4 x Hollywood Double Riser – Aluminum Combo with Rocky Mountai
  • Arri Amira
  • Canon 17-120mm Cinema Servo Zoom Lens
  • Canon 24-70mm
  • Canon C100
  • Kessler Cine Slider with elektraDRIVE Motor Bundle
  • Lectrosonic SR Dual-Channel Slot Mount Receiver
  • Matthews 2-Riser Rolling Combo Stands
  • Matthews 3-Riser Rolling Combo Stands
  • Matthews Boom Arm
  • Sachtler DV15 Sticks
  • Sennheiser ME66/K6 Combo
  • Small HD AC7 Monitor


  • Cinematography
  • Composition
  • Documentaries
  • Interviews
  • Lighting
  • Reality TV
  • Sports