Got a project? A vision? A story to tell? An audience to capture? I’d love to make it beautiful whether it’s branded content, documentary, unscripted non-fiction, or commercial. I’m ready to direct photography or camera operate. We can shoot on my owned camera, or discuss other high-quality production cameras. Most importantly, your video should speak a visual language that captivates & connects.
Through creative vision, resourcefulness, & the giddy-up to finish, I’m ready to direct your project. Got a brand with character & pizazz? Let me direct your very own Branded Documentary or Promo Spot. Are you nursing an idea or finding yourself amidst an unfolding story? I can bring order to chaos, communicate a message, & work well with people. A producer? Well, let’s talk about the guts & glory of going all in!
Need top-shelf images that captivate & communicate? As a photographer, I listen to your needs & objectives & offer creative input if you so desire. From marketing & non-profits to music groups & promotionals to lifestyle & documentary images… bring it! I’m experienced in creating stand-alone images, whole series & galleries, or telling a visual story through strong imagery. Images really do deliver. Let’s create some that meet your goals.
Bring life to your website & engage both your global & local audience. The possibilities are deep & wide for communicating your message, captivating attention, & exciting your audience to take that next step toward the value you bring. There isn’t a one-size fits all solution, but there are patterns & strategies, so let’s talk about a custom solution for you.
If you’re a production company or marketing group, I love teams & collaboration & I’m available for freelance cinematography, cam op’, directing, & pitching tons of creative ideas. On top of that, I keep a rolodex of talent we can call on to assemble a crew. I’m all about sharing the love, so even if I’m “not your guy”, I’m happy to get you in contact with the one who might be. Let’s work together… Cheers!
There’s a richness in what you do. Let’s extract it, wrap it up, and deliver it to your audience in an engaging, experiential way. I want to partner with you to get you from here to there by leveraging the power of film, photography, and story. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time I helped a great organization like yours tell their story, create a legacy, & attract donors.
Documentary-style Promo Videos combine the power of story structure, cinematic video, objective perspective, & “social-proof” interviews in a way that draws audiences in to the heart of your value offer. Skip the “ad” and tell your story! LEARN MORE.
Legacy films are all about YOUR life–the lessons, accomplishments, & stories. Don’t settle for being some old, mysterious photograph to your great grandchildren. Leave them a living legacy video, one that’s custom tailored to pass on your meaningful message to future generations. If that sounds meaningful & interesting to you, let’s START A CONVERSATION.
Mario Mattei, director & cinematographer, is a people-person based in Austin who stays busy creating videos for brands & documentaries for impact.
Clients typically hire Mario to help them express their story or message in a way that engages & inspires action. Often clients rely on Mario’s 17 years of photographic experience to give their project the cinematic visuals it needs. Clients who work with Mario have also benefitted from his proficiencies gained through writing short stories, a novel, & through publishing hundreds of minutes of documentary & reality video.
Mario’s Commercial background in digital branding, motion graphics, copywriting, & design for clients such as Ford, RichDad.com, Mazda, & various ad agencies, also contribute to a colorful pallet of experience. His globe-trotting documentary work has taken him to distinctive locations such as Turkey, Kashmir, Malawi, Kazakstan, Jordan, Indonesia & more.
“Mario is as comfortable steadying a camera while atop a wobbly camel in the Wadi Rum Desert as he is sipping an Americano while brainstorming with a marketing team. If doing both in the same week, that’s ideal!“
Additionally, Mario’s commercial viability stems from leading a global movement: visual peacemaking.
In 2009, Mario moved to Turkey to produce visual peacemaking images & stories. While there he founded The International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (IGVP). Up through 2014 Mario produced a body of photographic work, micro documentaries, & published two photography books. In that time, he also founded a non-profit company, Visual Peace Media.
Mario has directed, filmed, & edited his feature documentary, Dance the Past into the Future, which explores the dying traditions of northeast Turkey yet focuses on cultural elements inspiring future generations. The story premiered at the Long Beach International Film Festival.
It’s been a while since Mario’s early days of Kodak film, graffiti murals, rock bands, & his education at ASU & the Art Institute of Phoenix. But one thing remains: Mario is passionate about contributing to the common good of humanity & about adding value to good companies.