During the Mark Milsome memorial at BAFTA London on 4th February 2018 a number of eulogies from friends, family and colleagues, emotionally and humorously attempted to capture the spirit of Mark.
Harry Bowers met Mark in 1993 and expressed an interest in working in the camera department, Mark gave Harry his first break and mentored him for over forty movies and they became close friends. As Harry came to the end of his speech he delivered a comment to the audience which could not have more closely described what many in the auditorium were already feeling.
The transcript of the end of his tribute is below.
Once the event was over the last three words of Harry’s eulogy were at first muttered, then spoken and finally via the wonders of social media, spread around the world. The three short words were even added to clapperboards by crew world wide as a sign of respect.
Those words have now become associated with our foundation and accompanied by a Hashtag can bee seen throughout our website. Please feel free to use it and to….
Mark was naturally suited to the film industry. His love of film and cinema was equal to his joy at meeting and connecting with all of you. For Mark, being on the shoot wasn’t just about the work, but about the friendship he had with everyone on set. For Mark, people mattered most and what we can all remember and take forward is the warmth and consideration that he gave to everyone around him. Every film set needs a Mark: someone who releases the tension when times are fraught, someone who can lift your spirits on a night shoot at 2 am in the rain, someone who inspires and nurtures new colleagues, someone who approaches every job, whether it be “Sex lives of the Potato Men” or “Quantum of Solace” with the same sense of professionalism and pride and remembers what a privilege it is to make a film, and of course, someone who can also see the funny side. Let’s all Be More Mark.