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Date Of BirthMay 12, 1970, November 30, 1969
FactWas a student of the famous Institut Montana Zugerberg in Switzerland, then an all-boys school.

Mark Foster is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is the frontman of the band Foster the People. Foster was born in California and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His father is a musician and his mother is a teacher. He has two sisters. Foster began playing music at an early age and was a member of several bands in high school.

He attended the University of Southern California on a music scholarship. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and began working as a producer for various artists. He also started his own record label. In 2009, he released his debut album, Torches. The album was a commercial success and spawned the hit single “Pumped Up Kicks”.

The song was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2012, Foster released his second album, Supermodel. The album was also a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics. In 2014, Foster won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for his work on the song “Say Something”. ..

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Full NameMark Foster
Date Of BirthMay 12, 1970, November 30, 1969
Height1.98 m
Weight90 kg
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Film director
EducationAlleyn Court Prep School, University of Bath, New York University


ParentsUlli Forster, Wolf Forster
SiblingsPeter Forster, Wolfgang Forster


AwardsNational Board of Review Award for Best Film, Independent Spirit Someone to Watch Award
Music GroupsFoster The People
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director, Rob...
MoviesAll I See Is You, World War Z, Machine Gun Preacher, Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner, Stranger than Fiction, Stay, Finding Neverland, Monster's Ball, Everything Put Together, The Chancellor Manuscript, LX Forty, Loungers, All I See Is You, World War Z, Machine Gun Preacher, Quantum of Solace, The...

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1I feel really good about Quantum of Solace (2008). The issue which we always had at the time, and still bugs me, [was] we never had a completed script. It was the writers' strike and so... we could've gotten longer, deeper but at the same time I'm really pleased with the movie. (...) But at the time, the main thing for me - what I was missing - or wished that we'd had... six months without the writers' strike, to develop the script properly, get certain sub-plots a little deeper and stronger. (...) I haven't seen the movie since, so I have to see how it's aged. It would be interesting to re-watch it. [2015]
2I don't think people understand what it takes to make a movie unless they've experienced it themselves or been around it. It's a miracle every time you make a movie, and a bigger miracle if it turns out well. So many things have to come together. It's always a new adventure and a new undertaking - a beautiful tool - because storytelling is one of the ancient ways human beings communicate.
3That's why I jump from genre to genre, because I always feel I'm doing something new and fresh. I can always fail, but I don't try to repeat myself. I felt, with Bond, doing something so completely different after The Kite Runner (2007) would be refreshing and challenging. That's how I try not to fall into parody myself.
4Cities like Atlanta are very advanced, but once you get outside the city, it feels like 100 years ago. Our producer is black, and we were standing in this room and somebody actually said, in front of him, "Can you tell the colored man to wait outside?" It's shocking.
5What I'm passionate about is telling stories which mean something to me.
6[on Finding Neverland (2004)] It's not the exact accurate story, but for me the film really isn't about reality. It's about the transformation of imagination, about creativity, about belief. That basically, if you believe, you can make anything happen.
7When you grow up like that, and suddenly you decide you intend to make movies, everybody says, 'It's impossible.' And I'm here and I'm living my dream.


1Turned down the chance to direct Brokeback Mountain (2005).
2The first movie he saw in cinema was Apocalypse Now (1979).
3Supported a Swiss HIV prevention campaign together with Renée Zellweger (2005).
4Became honorary citizen of Davos (November 2007) and now has a German and a Swiss citizenship.
5Considering himself Swiss, he is the first non-Commonwealth director to helm an Eon-produced Bond film.
6His father died from cancer in 1998.
7Has directed Halle Berry (for Monster's Ball (2001)) and Johnny Depp (for Finding Neverland (2004)) in Oscar-nominated performances. Halle Berry is so far the only actor to win an Oscar under his direction, having won the Best Actress Oscar.
8Was offered the job of directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), but declined and did Finding Neverland (2004) instead.
9Declined a $500,000 offer to direct a film despite having no income at the time and living from money he borrowed from friends. He didn't believe the script was good and was afraid his reputation as a director would suffer.
10Invited to join AMPAS in 2005.
11Was a student of the famous Institut Montana Zugerberg in Switzerland, then an all-boys school.
12Moved to Davos, Switzerland with his German parents, when he was a small child.
13Is the youngest of three brothers. His oldest brother Wolfgang committed suicide in 1998. His brother Peter is a lawyer.
14After his studies in New York, he moved to Los Angeles.
15Attended New York University's film school from 1990 to 1993.
16Born to Dr. Wolf Forster, a German doctor, and his wife Ulli Forster. He was born in Germany, but grew up in Davos Switzerland.




Come Sunday2017producer pre-production
Hand of God2014-2017TV Series executive producer - 20 episodes
All I See Is You2016producer
World War Z2013executive producer
Disconnect2012/Iexecutive producer
Machine Gun Preacher2011producer
LX Forty2009Short producer


Winnie the Poohannounced
All I See Is You2016
Hand of God2014-2015TV Series 2 episodes
World War Z2013
Machine Gun Preacher2011
LX Forty2009Short
Quantum of Solace2008
The Kite Runner2007
Stranger Than Fiction2006
Finding Neverland2004
Monster's Ball2001
Everything Put Together2000


All I See Is You2016
LX Forty2009Short written by
Everything Put Together2000written by


Finding Neverland2004Costume Room Worker (uncredited)


Bond on Location2008TV Short documentary thanks
Expired2007special thanks
Writing the Music for 'Stay'2006Video short special thanks


D.I.Y.2014Documentary shortHimself
World War Z: Origins2013Video documentary shortHimself
World War Z: Production2013Video documentary shortHimself
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
CINEMAsuisse: Marc Forster2012ShortHimself
Kingdom Come2011DocumentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2011TV SeriesHimself
LX Forty2009ShortHimself
Quantum of Solace: Director Marc Forster2009Video shortHimself
Quantum of Solace: Olga Kurylenko and the Boat Chase2009Video shortHimself
Quantum of Solace: On Location2009Video shortHimself
Quantum of Solace: Start of Shooting2009Video shortHimself
Showcase and NIDA Present...2009TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2008TV SeriesHimself
At the Movies2008TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32008TV SeriesHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2008TV SeriesHimself
Quelli che... il calcio2008TV SeriesHimself
Cartelera2008TV SeriesHimself
Marc Forster - Der Weg zu 0072008DocumentaryHimself
Kulturplatz2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Bond Girl Diaries2008TV MovieHimself
Quantum of Solace: Royal World Premiere Special2008TV MovieHimself
Xposé2008TV SeriesHimself
Film '722004-2008TV SeriesHimself
Bond on Location2008TV Short documentaryHimself
The South Bank Show2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2007TV SeriesHimself
Students of 'The Graduate'2007Video shortHimself
The Seduction2007Video shortHimself
Greatest Movie Love Scenes2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Magic of 'Finding Neverland'2005Video shortHimself
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Someone to Watch Award
Marc Forster - Von Davos nach Hollywood2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Director
The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Winner
Film School2004TV SeriesHimself
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Anatomy of a Scene2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself


Won Awards

2013Cinematographer-Director Duo AwardCamerimage
2008Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsFeature FilmsThe Kite Runner (2007)
2007Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsDirector of the Year
2004Laterna Magica PrizeVenice Film FestivalFinding Neverland (2004)
2001Someone to Watch AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsEverything Put Together (2000)
1996Audience AwardSlamdance Film FestivalBest FeatureLoungers (1995)

Nominated Awards

2013Hollywood Movie AwardHollywood Film AwardsWorld War Z (2013)
2008BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Film Not in the English LanguageThe Kite Runner (2007)
2006EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Comedy by or About WomenStranger Than Fiction (2006)
2006RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)Finding Neverland (2004)
2005Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Director - Motion PictureFinding Neverland (2004)
2005David Lean Award for DirectionBAFTA AwardsFinding Neverland (2004)
2005Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorFinding Neverland (2004)
2005DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest DirectorFinding Neverland (2004)
2005DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion PicturesFinding Neverland (2004)
2003RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)Monster's Ball (2001)
2002Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalMonster's Ball (2001)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Feature - Under $500,000Everything Put Together (2000)
2000Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticEverything Put Together (2000)

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