Mark VenitMark Venit is one of the world’s most renown sandcastle builders, specializing in authentic-looking works that, viewed from a distance, look like the real thing! Winner of more than a hundred local, regional, and international competitions, Mark and his work have been featured on television shows, in commercials and print ads, and at trade fairs and conventions, throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe, as well as in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. His passion since childhood has been castles, knights, and things medieval, and, when working in Europe, he spends his free time visiting castles and cathedrals. Having visited more than 300 of them and taking extensive notes and photographs, he has a first hand knowledge and appreciation of the history and architecture of the fortresses and palaces built by ancient masons and artisans. His home in Ocean Pines, Maryland, near the white, sandy beaches of Ocean City, Maryland, is decorated in medieval splendor, replete with heraldry, tapestries, reproduction thrones, trophy mounts, and bathed in authentic 12th Century colors and wall textures. Even his cats have royal names – Charlemagne, Louis XIV, and, well, “Princess” Tiger Lily. Occasionally lecturing on medieval times and architecture, Mark constructs castles and cathedrals using members of the audience to demonstrate the physical principles involved and uses people’s bodies, arms and legs to build roofs, walls, columns, and flying buttresses. In his “other” life he is a management and marketing consultant and author of over 400 articles in trade and professional journals. A graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned his bachelors and masters degrees, he’s also the Chairman of West Palm Beach, Florida-based ShopWorks Software Corporation.
Mark Venit: Hi! I am Mark Venit, and this is our last clip on how to build a sandcastle. There is about three or four hours of work here, not counting, building a pile. Of course, a lot of people wonder, what happens to the sandcastle? Well, its not going to be here forever or is it? The wind and sun will get it, the tide may get it, kids may get it, it may just collapse on its own, if left undisturbed. On the other hand, in a photograph, you keep the castle not just for life, when you take a picture with you are your children, or a lovely couple behind the castle or next to the castle, and shooting from the ground. If I were shooting this with my camera, I would be laying way back, looking up and shooting it, and to get this lovely impression, sometimes in photography called a God Shot or a Worms Eye View, but when you take that picture, not only will your castle be around for life, you've got a picture that will last for generations.