Marlon De Silva is a writer, director, producer, editor, still photographer, camera operator, and cinematographer. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Both of his parents are from Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has a long history in the entertainment industry within film, theater, television, music, and multi-media.
DeSilva’s first project came when Marlon was nine years old. Marlon attended Gardner Street Elementary school, the same schools as at Leigh’s daughter attended. Leigh used to drive Marlon home every day after school.
Marlon & Bobby were first introduced (media-wise) when Marlon wrote a short one paragraph synopsis for a film. It was accepted by famed Filmmaker Christopher Coppalola, nephew of famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Bobby’s friend Christina Bulbenco, a teacher at the school, called Leigh and convinced him to take on this task to help Marlon make his short film. The film “It’s All An Illusion” took 3rd place in Coppola’s “Project Access Hollywood”. Marlon, along with Leigh’s daughter were nine years old.
De Silva was part of the New Media Academy at Hollywood High. His first industry internships was at Fox Studios (Fox Network, Fox Sport and 20th Century Fox) which took place in the summer before his senior year at Hollywood High School in 2015. De Silva's first industry internship at Fox Studios was originally in the talent acquisition department.
While in college Marlon has worked on projects with Warner Bros., Netflix and Disney. After attending Santa Monica College and then transferring to California State University - Los Angeles, where he earned his B.A. in Television, Film, and Media Studies, De Silva was selected as an NBC Universal Cable Entertainment intern in June 2019 where he played the role and took on the responsibilities as an assistant editor for online content for the network Bravo.
Marlon’s three month summer ended up spanning to work at NBC Universal and was offered the job as Assistant Editor from his team before graduating college in May 2021.
In May 2021 Marlon was 1 of 35 selected nationwide for The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' Academy Gold Rising Program's Production Track—emphasizing in Film Editing. He was selected as the student speaker for the closing ceremony and won a scholarship through the program. Through The Academy, he was also 1 of 15 selected for the 2022 Diverse Reader's Workshop—a program through the Nicholls Fellowship engaging in storytelling and script development in the film industry.
De Silva is trained in various programs including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and is also a certified user on Avid Media Composer, which he started using during his junior year of high school. He is also proficient at Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, and Final Draft.
"Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic, no matter what the movie’s about."
“What we find is that if you have a goal that is very, very far out, and you approach it in little steps, you start to get there faster. Your mind opens up to the possibilities.” Mae Jemison