Portfolio: Mark J. Sanderson



INTERVIEWER at The Saints of San Antonio

During my last year of graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin I developed an interest in documenting the Mormon history of the area. With sponsorship from Dr. Howard Miller, a History professor, I was given access to video production equipment from the Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services. Accompanied by a few talented friends, I set out to interview the Mormon pioneers in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Austin (which, at one time, were all one “stake” or ecclesiastical unit). Over a period of six months, I interviewed 30 people and video-taped the 50th anniversary fireside of the San Antonio Stake.

After several months of video editing and building a demo website (with the help of my cousin, Brian), I made a presentation about the project at the LDS Church Historical Department in November 2008. My major insight was that everyone assumes all Mormons live in Utah, which creates misunderstanding about the Church and makes Mormons outside Utah feel some level of resentment. I recommended that future media/branding projects focus on the rich history/culture of the international church population, rather than portray a generic church population that would be mistaken for Utah. This would educate non-Mormons about the size and growth of the Church and build pride among local Church members. The presentation was well-received.

Recently, I was informed that interview clips from the project are being used as a show-and-tell of ‘what interviews can be like’ in the LDS Church Media Services Department. Also, the story about glass from the Bailey Street Chapel windows being used in the construction of the San Antonio Temple was cited by Chad Hawkins in his book, Temples of the New Millennium (Deseret Book, 2016).

VIDEO PRODUCTION ASSISTANT at Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (UT-Austin)

During my two years of graduate school, I worked at the Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services and assisted with the video component of various academic projects, including campus lectures, research projects, and instructional websites.


Medical Ethics and the Holocaust” was a 28-speaker lecture series (that included three Nobel Laureates) hosted by Holocaust Museum Houston. We edited the footage we received from Houston and prepared it for viewing online. It was a compelling and sobering project to work on.


Jesus in American Culture” involved a three-camera set-up to video-tape an entire course (three days a week adding up to 40 lectures) taught by the distinguished professor, Dr. Howard Miller. The course centered around how interpretations of Jesus have changed from time to time and by different groups throughout the past few hundred years of American history. After carefully editing each lecture, adding class slides, and adjusting audio levels, the videos were permanently housed on a website. I found the lectures to be interesting and engaging.


The Texas Politics Speaker Series featured a lecture by a state political figure and occurred a few times each semester. During the lecture I would usually operate a camera that captured crowd shots and side shots of the speaker. Afterward, I would edit and prepare the footage for online viewing. In the process, I was able to learn a lot about state politics from both sides of the aisle.


During my first two years as an undergraduate student, I worked for BYU Broadcasting,  writing and producing 50 television spots for KBYU (a regional PBS affiliate) and BYU Television (an international station). These mostly included the first membership spots for BYU Television, the monthly KBYU Kids’ Club Activity spot, and spots that would air during pledge drives. Here are a few examples of my work:

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