Welcome to MARKGROVE.COM, home of Rocky Mountain Stunts, Fusion Factory Films, and the Shadow Master Dojo.
Some may think it strange to have a website combining information on three unique companies, but at their core they are all inter-connected with their founder, Mark Steven Grove. Classical martial arts is where Mr. Grove began and he's been training in the same system for nearly 50 years. With that discipline as his foundation he was able to transition into the film industry as a stunt performer and fight choreographer in his early 20's. He wrote and sold his first screenplay in 1994 and was given the amazing opportunity to direct his first feature film in 1999. This led to more writing, producing, and directing as the years moved ahead. His final evolution was becoming a sales agent at international film markets. With over a decade working with distributors he has helped many filmmakers release their films in countries around the world.
This site represents Mr. Grove's long journey towards building a lifestyle of art in motion, creative expression, and fostering the concept of unlimited imagination.
All that Mr. Grove does is directly connected to the Kurai Kotori Ryu system of martial arts. Training since 1972 and teaching since 1983, his nearly five decades of study in Kenjutsu (剣術) and Ninjutsu (忍術) has served as the inspiration behind his many endeavors.
Mr. Grove started in the stunt industry in the early 90's. He quickly evolved and flourished as a fight choreographer specializing in adapting classical Japanese martial arts to film. He later became a practical effects supervisor and stunt coordinator.
Mr. Grove sold his first screenplay in 1994, started producing films in 1995, began directing films in 1999, and became an international sales agent in 2003. With this extensive knowledge base he is focused on developing cross-genre projects with worldwide appeal.
This years American Film Market is being held entirely online, so although we won't be visiting sunny Santa Monica like normal, we will still be showing our current lineup of feature films to buyers from around the world!
See what FUSION FACTORY FILMS has in store!
09-11-20 Great new article on amazing stunt coordinator Chuck Borden (who is also a member of our team) sharing highlights of his career, lessons he's learned, what he looks for in performers and his general views on the industry.
09-04-20 James Lew, Simon Rhee, Tzi Ma, and many more of our stunt and actor friends can now be seen in the epic Disney+ release of Mulan. This film is majestic and powerful. Make sure you check it out!
08-28-20 A Website and YouTube Channel dedicated to fights! Created by Action Coordinator James Lew to share his love of fight choreography with fans and fellow filmmakers. Take a look and subscribe to the channel
07-21-20 We grabbed a still frame from the opening space sequence from ALIENS & DRAGONS that shows the Rocket headed toward a mysterious nebula! - Mark Grove
07-20-20 Great evening practicing in the park with stick fighting. Nothing quite like training in the open air with good people... and fighting with sticks is always a treat regardless. - Mark Grove
07-01-20 I am taking this time to work in the shop to create some amazing custom weaponry. This is just one design... I have twelve different shapes. Time to test them out! - Mark Grove
06/15/20 The post production on our Aliens & Dragons project is moving along nicely, but the pandemic has definitely taken its toll. Video updates and trailer coming soon - Mark Grove
05/26/20 Had to transform a room at my house to accommodate training. I can video lessons from here for my students and display all the new weapons I am making in the shop - Mark Grove
05/17/20 After the Covid-19 shutdown we decided to change training to take place outdoors. We are focusing on swordsmanship so we can maintain distancing - Mark Grove
AXANAR - THE GATHERING STORM
03/15/20 Take a look at the latest trailer that the Axanar team has worked so hard on. I am proud to be a Producer on this project - Mark Grove
02/25/20 Re-release of one of my early films originally released through Lionsgate. I always find it amazing when work from your past gains renewed momentum - Mark Grove
Get ready for a blast from the past with the Bluray re-release of MY SAMURAI (1992) from the MVD Rewind Collection. Check out the commentary track I did in the special features section! - Mark Grove
05/16/19 Long time friends and fellow action icons James Lew and Mark Dacascos at a showing of JOHN WICK 3. James and Mark worked on the TV series THE CROW: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN. - Mark Grove
05/14/19 had a visit to see the amazing work of Steve Wang, who has created magic in many films including Predator, Underworld, X-Men, Blade, Alien, Gremlins, The Monster Squad, Kamen Rider, and the Guyver. - Mark Grove
05/13/19 Expanding my horizons. Great meetings with the amazing people at The Asylum. Always great to see what they have up their sleeve! Who knows... someday you might see my name of one of these projects - Mark Grove
05/12/19 Developing some projects to utilize my friends Mike Chat and Ho-Sung Pak. If all goes as planned we will have the project going sometime in the first quarter of 2020! - Mark Grove
05/11/19 The Taurus Word Stunt Awards sponsored by Red Bull put on an amazing show! I Have been attending since the first one in 2001 and it never fails to impress! - Mark Grove
04/17/19 RIFFTRAX LIVE! in Nashville where they were taping their riffed version of my film STAR RAIDERS that will plan in 700+ theaters across the country in June 2019. - Mark Grove
“Mark Grove is one of the most innovative filmmakers that I have ever worked with in my career. His writing and directing skills make him an incredible storyteller. But Mark's talents go way beyond that to being a superb stunt coordinator, a gifted actor and stunt performer, a top notch special effects coordinator, and he is even a master at post production...he is virtually limitless! It is my honor to be associated with his team.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
Big Trouble in Little China, Showdown in Little Tokyo, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Tropic Thunder, Inception, Rush Hour 1-3, Lethal Weapon 4, Get Smart, Marvel’s Luke Cage
“Mark Grove is a gracious, giving, and highly professional filmmaker. He is a rare find in the entertainment industry, because his word is his bond, and as proven by his resume, he delivers on all levels. He has run a successful production company for years and knows every aspect of filmmaking, from script development to sales. In a word, Mark Grove delivers.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
Gangster Squad, Captain America, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Kiss Terminator 3, Men in Black 2, Spiderman, Star Trek Insurrection, Titanic
"Mark Grove is a talented movie industry resource who can be trusted – something that can be a rare quality in this industry. His broad experience in all aspects of filmmaking make him invaluable – whether as a leader of his own cutting edge film projects or a hard working member of a production team. Mark Grove is of one of our industry’s top talents and I am proud to be a part of this very worthwhile group."
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
Total Recall, Robocop 2, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Green Hornet, The Book of Eli, Far and Away, Casino, Shoot 'Em Up, Mission Impossible III,
“I've known Mark for a long time and not only is he a talented stuntman, he has evolved over the years into one of the most admirable writer/producer/directors I’ve ever met. Mark is a natural leader who will go out of his way to help almost anyone, a quality I admire and respect. He is someone every person in this industry should have on their team. I am honored to call him a work colleague and most importantly a friend”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Constantine, Castle.
“I've attended so many acting classes and I've noticed the majority of them are very similar. For me Mark Grove’s workshop stood out from the others and was an enormous treat. This workshop taught me so many different tools that will help me make solid choices in any given scene and/or interacting with other actor. The earth, water, fire, wind, and celestial elements touched my soul deeply. With most acting methods taught today, actors lose sight of the true intention, but with this method it reaches in your soul and pulls it out of you. I am truly blessed that I was able to receive this knowledge”.
“Mark Grove is a great director, a superlative martial artist, a very creative choreographer of movie fights, and well versed in the entire process of filmmaking. In this day and age of extreme specialists, it is nice to work with someone who not only can wear so many hats, but wear them so well! I highly recommend him to anyone looking to study stunt work and action filmmaking.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
The Three Musketeers, Hook, Hidalgo, Master and Commander, Army of Darkness
"Mark Grove is an amazing filmmaker and an incredible story teller. He's one of the few I've known who can do it all. As a Director, he has tremendous vision and as a stunt coordinator he knows what he wants and how get it from his team. I am inspired by not only his work but by his spirit. He is one of the most respected and innovative Indie filmmakers around. I look forward to working with him on a Mark Grove / Art Camacho team up!"
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
Half Past Dead, Half Past Dead 2, Sci-Fighter, Confessions of a Pit Fighter
“Life is ever changing and so is Mark Grove. He has the ability to explain the same fighting technique to 10 different people in a way each one of them can understand it and apply it. His adaptability in teaching keeps you on your toes and the landscape of learning continues to flow and ultimately teaches you to adapt to anything that comes your way. Along that way you learn a multitude of things that you might never have thought you’d be doing. His lessons are always unique and they always leave you wanting more."
“I have had the privilege of working with Mark Grove on several occasions. I've always found him thoroughly professional, completely competent and dedicated to his craft. Mark's knowledge and grasp of the film industry is exemplary and his skills in martial arts and stunt coordinating are extraordinary. Always a smile, frequently a well timed joke. Great fun… but still getting the job done with alacrity and professionalism.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
The Long Riders, Footloose, 48 Hours, Red Dawn, Cobra, Marked for Death, Rapid Fire, On Deadly Ground
“Mark Grove is the very best. His skills as a martial artist and fight arranger are inspirational. He is well versed in all forms of stunt work and special fx, which makes him the perfect mentor for up and coming action performers. He is also a writer and director who specializes in action genre filmmaking, which makes him a great resource for breaking into this highly competitive field. My advice...if you get an opportunity to train with him...Don’t pass it up.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE
China O’Brien I-II, Martial Law I-II, Tiger Claws I-III, Rage and Honor I-II, Honor and Glory, Sci-Fighter, Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine.
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mark Grove and his team. I have watched as he and his talented group of professional performers and crew demonstrate that if you can dream it, they can do it... capturing it all on camera with flawless precision. What more can you ask for? I look forward to future collaborations with anticipation.”
WRITING/ARTIST CREDITS INCLUDE
Batman, Green Arrow, Phantom Stranger, Aquaman, Legion of Super-Heroes, Warlord, Green Lantern, Action Comics, Tarzan, James Bond, Jon Sable Freelance, Starslayer, Detective Comics, The Flash, Spawn, Iron Man, X-Men
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mark Grove in various capacities. As a Producer he has always taken care of his actors on every level. As a Writer/Director his creativity and collaborative energy is electrifying. As a Stunt Coordinator he is dedicated to creating powerful safe action for all his projects. All of these skills and qualities make him the perfect guide to those interested in pursuing a career in the film and television industry.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE - Death Race 2000, The Karate Kid I-III, Rambo, Steele Justice, Shootfighter, Wyatt Earp, Gathering of Heroes, Assassins Code, Cobra-Kai
“As a Martial Artist of over 50 years I can tell when someone is the real deal. Mark Grove is such a man. I had the honor and pleasure of working with him and his Rocky Mountain Stunt Team. His team was expertly trained, efficient, and professional in every respect. Mark Grove’s style of action direction was very innovative with the flavor of classical martial arts combined with modern gritty realism.”
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE - Black Dragon, Bamboo Trap, The Black Dragon’s Revenge, Way of the Black Dragon, Fist of Fear Touch of Death, The Last Dragon, Hot Lead Hard Fury
“While training under Mark Grove I have had the honor of learning the many skills of the Samurai and Ninja. He doesn't just teach in a textbook fashion, he regularly alters his teaching methods so students are forced to adapt as they learn. This ensures that students do not get comfortable in a static process. The skills remain the same, but how each student receives the information is often unique. The moment you think you know how a technique is done, he will show you three more variations. No matter the level of skill the student possesses, Mark Grove has the ability to make them feel like their training has just begun”.
"I have learned almost everything I know about the film industry from Mark. His vision for writing/directing/coordinating is inspiring and shows true love for his craft. But, not only is he an impressive filmmaker, his extensive knowledge of martial arts is awe-inspiring. He has taught me many things about the ways of the Ninja, but I know there is still so much more to learn. I am grateful to know such an amazing and talented man."
IMDB CREDITS INCLUDE - Aliens & Dragons, Man Camp, Boardinghouse Reach, Made in Chinatown. Cyber-Ninja: Silent Steel