Mario Mattei, director & cinematographer, is a visionary, people-personbased in Austin, Texas creating videos for expressive brands, documentaries for impact, & original films for entertainment & artistic expression.
Clients typically work with Mario to help them express their story or message in a way that engages & inspires action. He brings 15+ years of image-making & storytelling experience. Mario thrives on the quest to marry visual style with content, theme, story, & subject matter.
As a filmmaker, Mario has directed award-winning SHORT FILM, created festival-running FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES, MUSIC VIDEOS, WEBISODE series, & a theatrically released FEATURE FILM. Additionally, Mario has filmed TELEVISION shows for Esquire Network & TLC, as well as created BRANDED CONTENT for clients like Xbox, Playstation, RedBull & Sprint. He's as comfortable filming atop a camel in the Wadi Rum desert as he is crafting videos inside a studio equipped with an espresso machine.
Mario's forte is to anchor both his directorial vision & cinematic style on one thing: Essence. Each story or message is distinct. Perceiving the essence of what is to be communicated enables Mario to be versatile & clear-sighted when making creative choices. Mario says, “After ascertaining something's Essence at the conscious level, the artist must then act decisively & confidently on intuition, instinct, & taste.”
Throughout the journey of serving clients & producing passion projects, Mario has led & joined production teams through a variety of projects, trials, & even countries, such as Turkey, Indonesia, Malawi, Bahrain, Jordan, Mexico, the Balkans, & more. Mario is friendly on and off the set, relentlessly optimistic, & eager to collaborate with both his clients & other imaginative, skilled creators.