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Marcus Taplin

Camera Operator
Minneapolis, MN

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

Jan 2016 – Jan 2016

Camera Operator (Fs7) Rod Carew: Road to Recovery Pilot

Reality/Doc (TV) — MLB Network

Followed Rod Carew around for half a day at Twins Fest 2016 shooting doc style video. Then set up and lit 7 different interviews with former teammates and Twins front office members of Rod Carew.

Jan 2016 – Jan 2016

Director of Photography (Arri Amira) – Chicago Fire, MLS

Commercial/Ad — Elite Edge Productions

Shot for two days in Chicago for the Chicago Fire's new spot campaign and stadium intro video. Day 1 I lit a 20x20 green screen and did some underneath shots through glass. Day 2 we had a crew of 6 that lit an old warehouse to be set as our stage for the fans part of the video.

Jan 2016 – Jan 2016

Camera Operator (Arri Amira) 2016 NFC Wild Card Game: Seahawks vs Vikings

NFL — Sports (TV) — NFL Network

Shot ENG for NFL Network and feed footage back live to be used during their broadcasts that day.

Dec 2015 – Dec 2015

Director of Photography (Arri Amira) – Fox Sports 1

Commercial/Ad — Elite Edge Productions

Shot a series of devices and recreated sports footage in a studio to be molded into a new campaign for FOX Sports 1 and Fox Sports Digital

Nov 2015 – Nov 2015

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

Commercial/Ad — Elite Edge Productions

Shot a Pro Bowl video with the Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph worked with a team of 5 to light and execute 3 different setups with only 90mins to shoot. The lighting was very dramatic to fit the vibe the creative team had.

Nov 2015 – Nov 2015

Director of Photography (Arri Amira) – Buffalo Wild Wings (Periscope)

Commercial/Ad — Elite Edge Productions

I was the Director and DP of a commercial shoot in Toronto where we surprised a BDubs during a Maple Leafs games with a former player. We tied into their in house AV system and during a commercial break switched over to a live camera outside the restaurant with Darcy Tucker as he walked in and surprised everyone.

Oct 2015 – Oct 2015

Director of Photography (Arri Amira) A Veteran's Wish 1

Reality/Doc (TV) — Kyle Olson Productions

Shooting a 2 week long documentary on two WWII vets that haven't seen each other in 71 years. Been working with the director since day one on the concept, story, look, feel and execution of this trip across the midwest. Flying with a small crew and lots of bags.

Oct 2015 – Oct 2015

Director of Photography (Arri Amira) – Climate Change (Downtown Partners Chicago)

Commercial/Ad — sureCAN productions

Shot 3 x :30sec spots. Organized a 15 person crew to light very high contrast and moody sets for the two locations we shoot in. Worked with the director to help the look and feel of the videos to match the story.

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