Marika grew up in a tiny, no stoplight town in Indiana and moved to New York City to study film at NYU’s, Tisch School of the Arts.
Before coming to New York, Marika watched the classic film, Manhattan, and was so intrigued by Gordon Willis’ ability to create an image using light and shadow that they were inspired to become a cinematographer. Marika took their first job at Deluxe New York, an international film and television post house, thinking if they understood all the aspects of post then they’d be better suited for shooting on set. Marika ended up assisting numerous film colorists at Deluxe (including old-school film color timers!), and decided coloring was the perfect mix of creative & technical that they were so drawn to—and all from a single desk!
At Deluxe Marika worked on independent and studio features (Pariah, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Wolf of Wall Street), and episodic television (The Americans, Elementary), to name just a few. After Deluxe Marika went to Box Studios, a boutique-style post house and advertising agency, where they did color grading for fashion films (Prada, Balmain, Alexander Wang), music videos (Madonna x Steven Klein), and independent features (While We Were Young, Mistress America, Magic in the Moonlight).
Marika now colors out of their own client-friendly studio in Brooklyn— coloring everything from commercials for broadcast and web, VR, documentaries, narrative shorts/features, and music videos.
Aside from filmmaking, Marika’s other loves include the game of basketball (watching and playing), diving deeper into the Enneagram, and uplifting marginalized voices through their Instagram account @Payitnomind.