Mari is one of our content producers at Storm & Shelter—a visual storyteller that isn’t afraid of getting stuck in with the technical as well as the creative.
Following in the footsteps of her mum, Mari qualified as a dance instructor at the Estonian Dance Agency, ending up all the way over in Canada where she taught dance at a summer school. However, influenced by her father (a musician with a keen interest in technology) as she was growing up, Mari found herself drawn towards video editing—particularly the skill of syncing audio to visuals. After freelancing at a few production companies in Estonia, she packed up her things and set off for Wales, where she graduated with a 1st-class honours degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics from the University of South Wales. Since then, she’s been honing her skills as a director, editor, camera operator and photographer, working with a plethora of clients as a visual content creator.
Take a minute to talk to Mari about film and it becomes clear that her passion is deeply rooted in documentary. “I feel like documentary film is the purest and most genuine form of film art, leaving the subjects untouched”. It’s a passion that bleeds through into her photography: “I love taking photos of people when they’re not looking and I love the way people carry themselves naturally when they think the camera isn’t rolling. There’s something innocent about it”. You’ll struggle to catch her without her camera. Check out her photography portfolio. It’s 🔥 🔥 🔥.
In her own time, she’s currently researching and asking herself deep questions like “Is the universe a simulation?”. It’s become a serious line of theoretical and experimental investigation among physicists, astrophysicists, and philosophers…and one of our content producers, apparently. She’s also a big ol’ foodie, and after annoying all her friends with incessant photos of food, she started her own Instagram food blog, @peckish_cardiff. Warning: if you’re remotely hungry, you’re likely to salivate all over yourself and others.