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This week for Project Forte, we sat down with Carrie Brennan (@carriebrennan), actor, writer and director of @blockthefi...
06/23/2021

This week for Project Forte, we sat down with Carrie Brennan (@carriebrennan), actor, writer and director of @blockthefilm. Link in bio to read her story and how she wears her mission of championing LGBTQ+ stories proudly on her sleeve.

This week, we continue to amplify voices in the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month for Project Forte, and we had the pr...
06/11/2021

This week, we continue to amplify voices in the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month for Project Forte, and we had the privilege of sitting down with Cal Woodruff (he/him) a trans man who talks about finding his voice and identity and how getting “othered” is very much a notion that all marginalized groups have in common. Read the whole interview at the link in our bio!

We’re hiring again!Maestro is in search of a capable Project Manager to oversee projects from kickoff to delivery. Quali...
06/07/2021

We’re hiring again!

Maestro is in search of a capable Project Manager to oversee projects from kickoff to delivery. Qualified applicants are organized, detail oriented multitaskers and can apply at the link in our bio.

This week on Project Forte, we interview Steve Nguyen (@stevewantsto) about a crucial factor present in our industry, th...
04/23/2021

This week on Project Forte, we interview Steve Nguyen (@stevewantsto) about a crucial factor present in our industry, the difficulty of cutting through a cyclical network to establish roots and make more diverse connections. Check out the insightful interview at the link in our bio.

Looking to add some fresh faces to our growing team! Swipe through to see some of the positions we are hiring for and le...
04/19/2021

Looking to add some fresh faces to our growing team! Swipe through to see some of the positions we are hiring for and learn more through the link in our bio.

This week on Project Forte, we sat down with Khadir Cade (@killak_5150), a production designer in Philly, who shares the...
04/16/2021

This week on Project Forte, we sat down with Khadir Cade (@killak_5150), a production designer in Philly, who shares the story of how he broke into the industry and his mission to mentor young African American youth in his community to expose them to the world of filmmaking to empower them with new opportunities. Read the whole interview at the link in our bio.

Project Forte forges on, and this week we sat down with Maria Vattimo (@mariavattimo) to talk about the Philly scene, do...
04/09/2021

Project Forte forges on, and this week we sat down with Maria Vattimo (@mariavattimo) to talk about the Philly scene, documentary filmmaking, and where she draws inspiration from. Check out the full interview at the link in our bio.

If you’re just tuning in, Project Forte is an original series presented by Maestro Filmworks that seeks to amplify marginalized voices in the film industry to promote a continued initiative around allyship.

The aim is to have meaningful conversations with women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ filmmakers who are doing great things in their craft. If you or someone you know is a great fit for this series, shoot us an email at [email protected]! We’d love to help tell your story.

04/02/2021

It’s important to raise awareness and promote acceptance of autism. The story of The Autisarians is an inspiring tale of a father who had to find a way to connect with his two autistic sons, and by doing so, was able to help them reveal their hidden super powers.

Check out the full feature on the @autisarianhq at @theholodec that we produced earlier this season for FTW Philly and see how VR is being used in the realm of autism.

Directors: Jo Shen @joshen09 and Geoff Nichols @photogeoff
Producers: Kris Mendoza @krismendozadotcom , Jo Shen, Geoff Nichols
DP: Mike Gallagher @sniwyekim
Editor: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz
Cam op: Simone Holland @simone.knew
Stop motion design: Jo Shen
PA/Stop Motion Art: Kate Feher @feheraoh
Motion graphics: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac

We recently sat down with Keenan Marshall, a director and co-founder at @draulhaus about his outlook on the lack of dive...
04/01/2021

We recently sat down with Keenan Marshall, a director and co-founder at @draulhaus about his outlook on the lack of diversity in film and being intentional about hiring and supporting BIPOC collaborators for his productions. Check the full interview at the link in our bio.




#projectforte #maestrofilmworks #draulhaus #keenanmarshall #bipocfilmmakers #blackfilmmaker #blkflmmkr #shareblackstories #amplify #amplifymelanatedvoices #allyship #reeldiversity #diversityinfilm

Frame grabs from a recent project for Hyundai Genesis featuring their community partnership with Everytable, aiming to b...
03/31/2021

Frame grabs from a recent project for Hyundai Genesis featuring their community partnership with Everytable, aiming to bring fresh meals to those in need in the LA area.

Producers: Kris Mendoza @krismendozadotcom, Phil Staiman @philstaimanphoto
DP: Eric Gauntt @eric_gauntt
Editor: Asad Bokhari @asad_brokhari
Colorist: Alicia Slough @aliciaslough
Post-Producer: Jo Shen @joshen09
Post-Coordinator: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz
Sound mixer: Nial Morgan

Women’s History Month is coming to an end, but girl power and feminism shouldn’t just be celebrated one month out of the...
03/30/2021

Women’s History Month is coming to an end, but girl power and feminism shouldn’t just be celebrated one month out of the year!

To cap off the month, catch our segment on FTW Philly this Friday on a young bold female phenom in the world of esports. Melissa Mundorff aka Theia (@dead_theia) is a member of Team @dignitas and plays Valorant and CS:GO professionally. Catch her story as it airs on 4/2 at 9pm and 11pm on @nbcsphilly.

Director: Kris Mendoza, Geoff Nichols @photogeoff
Producers: Kris Mendoza, Geoff Nichols, Jo Shen @joshen09
Editor: Asad Bokhari @asad_brokhari
Graphics: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac
Post-Coordinator: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz

Women’s History Month is coming to an end, but girl power and feminism shouldn’t just be celebrated one month out of the year!

To cap off the month, catch our segment on FTW Philly this Friday on a young bold female phenom in the world of esports. Melissa Mundorff aka Theia (@dead_theia) is a member of Team @dignitas and plays Valorant and CS:GO professionally. Catch her story as it airs on 4/2 at 9pm and 11pm on @nbcsphilly.

Director: Kris Mendoza, Geoff Nichols @photogeoff
Producers: Kris Mendoza, Geoff Nichols, Jo Shen @joshen09
Editor: Asad Bokhari @asad_brokhari
Graphics: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac
Post-Coordinator: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz

4 years ago, we were on day 3 of principal photography for @americanofilm. Excited and looking forward to more narrative...
03/27/2021

4 years ago, we were on day 3 of principal photography for @americanofilm. Excited and looking forward to more narrative work this year! In the mean time, check out the film on @amazonprimevideo and @itunes. 📸: @maxgrudz

In our final Project Forte feature of Women’s History Month, we sat down with none other than Jo Shen (@joshen09), direc...
03/26/2021

In our final Project Forte feature of Women’s History Month, we sat down with none other than Jo Shen (@joshen09), director/producer extraordinaire and fearless leader of our Post Production team. Read about how she continues to create space for herself in this industry despite straying from cultural norms and expectations as a Chinese American woman. Link in bio for the full interview.

Tune into FTW Philly tomorrow to catch this fun piece we put together as a few gamers spill the beans on this segment ca...
03/25/2021

Tune into FTW Philly tomorrow to catch this fun piece we put together as a few gamers spill the beans on this segment called “Video Game Confessions.” Our interviewees were turned into 8-bit video game characters navigating some familiar landmarks in Philly. The segment airs at 9pm & 11pm EST on @nbcsphilly.

Director: Geoffrey Nichols @photogeoff
Producers: Jo Shen @joshen09, Geoff Nichols, Kris Mendoza
Editor: Rob Jennings
Video game animation: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac
Motion Graphics: Rob Jennings
Art Design: Kate Feher @feheraoh, Jo Shen
Music: GenderWork @gender_work

Tune into FTW Philly tomorrow to catch this fun piece we put together as a few gamers spill the beans on this segment called “Video Game Confessions.” Our interviewees were turned into 8-bit video game characters navigating some familiar landmarks in Philly. The segment airs at 9pm & 11pm EST on @nbcsphilly.

Director: Geoffrey Nichols @photogeoff
Producers: Jo Shen @joshen09, Geoff Nichols, Kris Mendoza
Editor: Rob Jennings
Video game animation: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac
Motion Graphics: Rob Jennings
Art Design: Kate Feher @feheraoh, Jo Shen
Music: GenderWork @gender_work

03/24/2021

Yeah, we didn’t know that was a thing either because every day here in Philly is cheesesteak day. Nevertheless, here we are posting a throwback project we produced for Jim’s Steaks on South and Tork Xpressnap. Directed by Charles Morabito.

In this week’s Project Forte, we sit down with Fre Howard (@facesbyfre). She talks from the perspective of being a minor...
03/19/2021

In this week’s Project Forte, we sit down with Fre Howard (@facesbyfre). She talks from the perspective of being a minority, female business owner and makeup artist pushing boundaries and excelling at her craft no matter how strong the currents are against her in what seems like an upstream battle to claim space. Read the full interview at the link in our bio!

Funky vibes are brewing and 8-bit Gritty is here for it. 🖌: @feheraoh
03/16/2021

Funky vibes are brewing and 8-bit Gritty is here for it. 🖌: @feheraoh

Funky vibes are brewing and 8-bit Gritty is here for it. 🖌: @feheraoh

In our latest feature on Project Forte, we continue highlighting bold women in film during Women’s History Month, and we...
03/12/2021

In our latest feature on Project Forte, we continue highlighting bold women in film during Women’s History Month, and we find ourselves sitting down with Eurica Yu (@euricayu). She offers a unique perspective being a transplant from Malaysia who finds herself battling multiple barriers and stereotypes as a queer, female, Asian cinematographer. Read her full interview at the link in our bio!

03/08/2021

Here’s to all you bold, badass, creative women filmmakers holding it down out there.

To celebrate women, here is a project recently aired for FTW Philly called “Creating Space” which focuses on representation of women in the gaming industry, which draws a lot of similarities to the film industry of “in front of and behind the camera” visibility.

Director: Jo Shen @joshen09
Producers: Kris Mendoza, Geoff Nichols @photogeoff, Jo Shen
DP: Eurica Yu @euricayu
Art director: Kate Feher @feheraoh
Editor: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz
Design: Rob Jennings
Graphics: Rob Jennings, Andrew Czudak @kazoodac
PA: Dan Abel @danieljabel_

Featuring: Dr. Mitu Khandaker @mitu and Latoya Peterson @latoyap of @glowup.games

#womensday #intlwomensday #maestrofilmworks #ftwphilly #womenrepresentation #visibility #creatingspace #genderequality #genderpaygap #womenfounders #women #womenleaders #womanowned

On this Forte Friday, we keep Project Forte rolling in the month of March, which is Women’s History Month, and there is ...
03/05/2021

On this Forte Friday, we keep Project Forte rolling in the month of March, which is Women’s History Month, and there is no better way to kick it off than with our interview with Bianca Moon (@heckledbyfreckles) who talks about perspectives on being a Korean-American woman navigating the very male dominated field of Grip & Electric . Read about her insights and experiences at the link in our bio.

03/04/2021

Introducing BRANDKIND Maestro, a new bicoastal collaboration of two BIPOC agencies that is redefining how marketers produce strategic and agile video content.

We're proud to partner with BRANDKIND Marketing to expand our capabilities and reach to better and more efficiently serve our clients.

Read more about this partnership at the link in our bio.

Catch our latest segment for FTW Philly, “Joe the Collector” featuring Joe Szabo and his vast collection of video games ...
02/25/2021

Catch our latest segment for FTW Philly, “Joe the Collector” featuring Joe Szabo and his vast collection of video games and arcades in his home studio that makes for quite an impressive game cave.

Airing 9pm & 11pm EST on @nbcsphilly

Director: Geoffrey Nichols @photogeoff
Producer: Kris Mendoza, Geoffrey Nichols, Jo Shen @joshen09
DP: Clay Hereth
Editor: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz
Camera Operator: Mike Leary @onefifteenfilms
Graphics: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac
PA: Kate Feher @feheraoh

Catch our latest segment for FTW Philly, “Joe the Collector” featuring Joe Szabo and his vast collection of video games and arcades in his home studio that makes for quite an impressive game cave.

Airing 9pm & 11pm EST on @nbcsphilly

Director: Geoffrey Nichols @photogeoff
Producer: Kris Mendoza, Geoffrey Nichols, Jo Shen @joshen09
DP: Clay Hereth
Editor: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz
Camera Operator: Mike Leary @onefifteenfilms
Graphics: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac
PA: Kate Feher @feheraoh

ICYMI: Our segment “Why do we play video games?" aired the other week on FTW Philly, breaking down the psychology behind...
02/24/2021

ICYMI: Our segment “Why do we play video games?" aired the other week on FTW Philly, breaking down the psychology behind why we game, featuring research from expert psychologists Gabe Zichermann and Scott Rigby.

Catch the replay at the link in our bio.

Directed by: Kris Mendoza @krismendozadotcom
Producers: Geoffrey Nichols @photogeoff, Jo Shen @joshen09, Kris Mendoza
Editor/Graphics: Rob Jennings
Post-Coordinator: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz
Narration: Dan Ott

ICYMI: Our segment “Why do we play video games?" aired the other week on FTW Philly, breaking down the psychology behind why we game, featuring research from expert psychologists Gabe Zichermann and Scott Rigby.

Catch the replay at the link in our bio.

Directed by: Kris Mendoza @krismendozadotcom
Producers: Geoffrey Nichols @photogeoff, Jo Shen @joshen09, Kris Mendoza
Editor/Graphics: Rob Jennings
Post-Coordinator: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz
Narration: Dan Ott

Fend off your Sunday scaries with a dose of uplifting positivity. We continue to share stories of Black History in the m...
02/21/2021

Fend off your Sunday scaries with a dose of uplifting positivity. We continue to share stories of Black History in the making with Project Forte, an original series presented by Maestro Filmworks that seeks to amplify marginalized voices in the film industry to promote a continued initiative around allyship.

This past week we sat down with Alicia DeLarge (@distant_drummerrr), a Philly based production designer, who shares her perspectives on being grateful for the right allies who have helped open doors and create space for artists like her.

“It’s extremely empowering and it gives me more purpose to my work....I’m all about showing people, especially black people, what we have access to, because that’s power.”

Read the full interview at the link in our bio.

Fridays at Maestro are quickly becoming Forte Fridays! 💪🏽This week, we continue celebrating Black Excellence in filmmaki...
02/12/2021

Fridays at Maestro are quickly becoming Forte Fridays! 💪🏽

This week, we continue celebrating Black Excellence in filmmaking during Black History Month with PROJECT FORTE, an original series presented by Maestro Filmworks that seeks to amplify marginalized voices in the film industry to promote a continued initiative around allyship.

Read the interview (link in bio) where we sit with Kyra Knox (@kyraknox_ ), a director/producer in the Philly area, about her own story and experiences as a black female filmmaker in the industry.

02/11/2021

Graystone Consulting is the institutional impact investment practice of @morgan.stanley that helps grow the investments of non-profit organizations who are tackling some of the worlds biggest problems. This time last year we were just wrapping post-production on this project that was shot on location in Chicago. Even with corporate communications, it’s an inviting challenge to dig below the surface and tell stories that people can connect with and capture the authenticity of what our clients are trying to convey.

Client: Morgan Stanley
Agency/Production: @maestrofilmworks

Director: Kris Mendoza
Producer: Geoffrey Nichols, Kris Mendoza
DP: Bill Burke
Gaffer: Erik Anschicks
Cam op: Westin Fahey
Editor/Color: Rebecca Schwartz
Post-Producer: Jo Shen

And on this fine #tbt we throw it back 2017 to when we were in production for @americanofilm, directed by Tim Viola (@tv...
02/05/2021

And on this fine #tbt we throw it back 2017 to when we were in production for @americanofilm, directed by Tim Viola (@tviola). This seems like a lifetime ago now and we’re excited for more narrative work in 2021.

Ever wondered what it’s like designing a video game from scratch? Hear from Cori Smith and Lindsey O’Brien on their jour...
01/22/2021

Ever wondered what it’s like designing a video game from scratch? Hear from Cori Smith and Lindsey O’Brien on their journey to becoming game designers and what it takes to go from idea to the screen in our segment “Game Creators” on FTW Philly tonight at 9pm and 11pm EST on @nbcsphilly

Director: Jo Shen @joshen09
Producers: Kris Mendoza, @krismendozadotcom , Geoff Nichols @photogeoff , Jo Shen
Editor: Rebeca Schwartz @becschwartz
Graphics: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac

Ever wondered what it’s like designing a video game from scratch? Hear from Cori Smith and Lindsey O’Brien on their journey to becoming game designers and what it takes to go from idea to the screen in our segment “Game Creators” on FTW Philly tonight at 9pm and 11pm EST on @nbcsphilly

Director: Jo Shen @joshen09
Producers: Kris Mendoza, @krismendozadotcom , Geoff Nichols @photogeoff , Jo Shen
Editor: Rebeca Schwartz @becschwartz
Graphics: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac

A true Maestro of his time. #MLK⁣⁣MLK day has transformed into a day of service to volunteer in ways to improve your com...
01/18/2021

A true Maestro of his time. #MLK⁣

MLK day has transformed into a day of service to volunteer in ways to improve your community. For those in Philly, check out the link in our bio to @visitphilly’s guide for events and opportunities to volunteer and celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. ✊🏽

A true Maestro of his time. #MLK⁣

MLK day has transformed into a day of service to volunteer in ways to improve your community. For those in Philly, check out the link in our bio to @visitphilly’s guide for events and opportunities to volunteer and celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. ✊🏽

Playing a lot of chess lately because of The Queen’s Gambit? Check out our segment tonight on FTW Philly about how onlin...
01/16/2021

Playing a lot of chess lately because of The Queen’s Gambit? Check out our segment tonight on FTW Philly about how online chess has become a competitive esport online almost overnight, featuring the likes of Women Grandmasters @akanemsko and @annarudolf_chess. 9pm and 11pm EST on @nbcsphilly

Directed by: Kris Mendoza
Producers: Geoffrey Nichols @photogeoff, Jo Shen @joshen09, Kris Mendoza @krismendozadotcom
Editor: Asad Bokhari @asad_brokhari
Post-Coordinatoe: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz
Graphics: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac

Playing a lot of chess lately because of The Queen’s Gambit? Check out our segment tonight on FTW Philly about how online chess has become a competitive esport online almost overnight, featuring the likes of Women Grandmasters @akanemsko and @annarudolf_chess. 9pm and 11pm EST on @nbcsphilly

Directed by: Kris Mendoza
Producers: Geoffrey Nichols @photogeoff, Jo Shen @joshen09, Kris Mendoza @krismendozadotcom
Editor: Asad Bokhari @asad_brokhari
Post-Coordinatoe: Rebecca Schwartz @becschwartz
Graphics: Andrew Czudak @kazoodac

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