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Remembrance of filmmaker and esteemed RU member Mark Toia

Brian Timmons

Well-known member
Apr 29, 2007
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Saw this on Jarred's IG account earlier today.
I didn't see this posted on REDuser so I'm posting it here.







I never actually met Mark Toia and only had brief interactions with him on this forum
but I can honestly say his raw talent as a filmmaker is one of the best I've ever seen.

My prayers and best wishes for his family, friends, and colleagues.

He left an incredible body of work that can be seen on his web site.
This is tragic.

My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Toia was himself the real deal.
Very sad to hear this news. mark was always cordial and kind in our conversation over the years.

I’ll be praying for him and his family and i encourage everyone to pray for this father and husband who leaves behind his family.

Love and blessings from the RU community which Mark served with a fine example and professionalism at all times.

A reminder for all of us to live every day to the fullest as Mark surely did!

“Rest eternal grant them, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon them.”

Shine on Mark. Shine on!

Oh, no, that is such sad news. Mark seemed like such a nice person and positive person.
RIP, you inspired so many of us with your drive and vision, you will not be forgotten.

Mark Toia had so much energy and enthusiasm, he was very much a bright light on this forum. He'll definitely be missed.
Still stunned by this news. I expected to see Mark creating well into his 80s. Big, strong, larger than life character with a generous heart. And a tremendous spokesperson for RED cameras. And the reason is because he wouldn't just talk about the camera, he would shoot awesome stuff with it which then inspired everyone else to go out and do something cool with their camera. Looking back on it, I might have even underestimated how big a deal his Monsters of Man feature debut was when you consider how relatively small the budget was and how he self distributed it. That was Mark. Go against the grain, a completely independent spirit and a true artist. Makes me very sad that he was plucked from the earth before he had time to fully explore his dreams. But what he left behind is a message to all filmmakers. Just go out and do it. No excuses, no BS. Fail and then fail again. That's the path to discovering yourself as an artist. RIP Mark Toia!
It still weighs heavy as the late evening I found out. I met Mark via REDuser long, long ago. We became friends and brief collaborators. Our last conversations surrounded making another film, various lens tests, chatting cameras, and navigating a rapidly changing industry with the potential of his actual retirement. I miss the hours long chats already and cutting through the fat to get right down to it.

He was a giant.
I only learned of Mark's passing the other day. I opened Facebook for the first time in about 3 months and there it was.... Sad news for sure. I can't say I really knew him, outside of our interactions here on these forums and the couple NABs I got to hang out with him for a bit. Toia had a true talent for what he did. And in my experience, he was just a super cool guy.

An in memoriam section here is not a bad idea at all.
Cool podcast episode discussing Mark Toia and his legacy.