"I am at one with the image capturing machine. The piece of metal I hold in my hands and wear on my body takes me places. I bring the places I see and record to all open minds and hearts. Light, darkness, color, monochromatic, texture, space, no-space. These are the things I see - I move the camera, the camera moves the audience" - Mario Ortiz

Mario Ortiz is a multiple Emmy award winning director of photography with over 20 years of commercial, corporate and motion picture production experience. He has a passion for camera movement that is evident in the body of his work. As a certified Steadicam/Glidecam operator and Jib owner operator, Mario has much to offer his clients.

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Recent Projects

the ripple effect poster. A light blue water ripple with black text title overlayed. On the lower half of the image is a series of stills from the documentary

The Ripple Effect

An Emmy-nominated documentary short that examines the struggle to keep arts alive for inner city children and reveals the power of arts education to educate the heart and impact schools and communities and the lives of those living in poverty. Produced by Dream A World Education and Cinema Verde Productions, written and directed by Bunny Hull. The director of photography and lead editor is Mario Ortiz.

Ruta Madre

After his first love breaks his heart, a young American singer reluctantly leaves his home in San Diego, Californa and embarks on an epic road trip through Baja California with his uncle in order to reconnect with his Mexican roots and find himself.

Winner of 12 prestegious domestic film festivals

Beyond the Impact

When a Senior Crowe scientist goes missing, a young FBI agent is teamed up with a Russian operative in the race to find him. They encounter a woman whose love for a lost one helps uncover perhaps the greatest secret of the 20th Century.

Currently in production

Over the past 20 years

Mario has invested and reinvested capital in obtaining the highest quality cameras, lenses, grip and lighting equipment.