Mattei Visuals

Austin, TX

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About this pro

Clients typically come to me because they need cinematic visuals & need to tell their story in a way that engages their audience, often to inspire a specific response. Filmmakers & production companies hire me to direct photography, camera operate, or to Direct. Call, email, or text me.

BIO: Mario Mattei, cinematographer & filmmaker, is a visionary, storyteller, & people-person at heart. He's filmed all around the world & worked commercially in design & marketing. Mario thrives when adding value to people & the marketplace.

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Austin, TX 78702

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10 Reviews
  • Jim R. Feb 3, 2016
    Mario worked with us on documentary filmed in several different countries. We found Mario a great member of our team and appreciate his combination of creative insight and approach with a keen sense of detail. The result of this combination is a very good working relationship and a product with which we were overwhelmingly pleased.
  • Anna H. Feb 2, 2016
    Working with Mario is a pleasure. He is a constant professional, always personable and talented.
  • Toni C. Feb 1, 2016
    I have been working with Mario for almost six months, he is the director of our documentary The Gentleman Driver, and my experience has been very positive. We started out with simply an Idea but Mario was able to come in, take the lead, and help us build our project into what will be a very successful documentary. His skills as a story teller, interviewer, and director have helped us develop the backbone of our film, and as a cinematographer he has been able to capture the story in an exciting and original way. I would highly recommend him, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Toni Calderon Executive Producer The Gentleman Driver Documentary
  • Chris E. Jan 29, 2016
    Best attitude possible. Professional, experienced. Great eye!
  • Dennis W. Jan 29, 2016
    I had the pleasure of working with Mattei Visuals on several AMD projects. I was very pleased with the level of preparation and excellence that was demonstrated throughout every phase of the project. Mattei Visuals' concern for the wellbeing of the client and individuals involved was truly inspiring.
  • Ted B. Jan 28, 2016
    Mario has worked with us on at least two projects in the past six months. He always approaches his work with a positive attitude. He has a great eye and we would definitely hire him again.
  • Cile S. Jan 28, 2016
    Mario is working with us on a documentary project, set in an ever-evolving environment. He is agile and creative with story and visual challenges. One thing that continues to impress us is Mario's perceptiveness to what's happening around him. He finds subtle nuances that can transform a good story into something extraordinary. We value, appreciate and very much enjoy working with Mario.
  • Taylor R. Jan 28, 2016
    Mario is creative & adaptive. He brings a vision to the day while maintaining a collaborative spirit. Mario can cater to a wide range of client needs and has the work ethic to get it done.
  • Travis M. Jan 28, 2016
    Mario was our 1st AD on a feature film production, Durant's Never Closes. He helped me (Director/Producer) run a very type ship and work through a variety of issues to get quality and finish the film on time. He is a good, patient communicator and very energetic/passionate in his job.
  • Sam O. Jan 27, 2016
    We have done a number of jobs with Mario from editing to filming to the giant process of doing a documentary! Mario's visionary insight, adaptability, and gracious communication has played a key role in seeing our projects successfully completed.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Every video requires a team, crew & sometimes cast. I have a core team with specific day rates & a network of freelancers & vendors who also have industry standard day rates. There is typically a range, non-profit work on the lower end and commercial / corporate work on the standard end. Day rates average between 250 & 1,200, depending on the position & what is required of the person. Equipment rental rates are also very standardized. Owning some of our own equipment, like lenses and a Sony FS7 allows us to price competitively.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First, I listen. Do you have any existing ideas or do you want ideas from me? What problem is being solved? What are the project's goals? What is the budget range?
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Art School in Media. University Study in Creative Writing. Over 15 years experience, including theatrically-released feature films, 30 sec commercials, reality TV, and many internet videos, both commercial & documentary style.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Photography for years. Storytelling & writing for years. Digital Branding & Design for years. Leadership for years. Then they all culminated into film & video, which draws on all of the skill sets.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Small businesses to Corporate giants like Dell & AMD. TV Networks. Other collaborations with Production Companies.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Social & Broadcast campaign spec job for Converse, #BecauseIcan. From concept to screen, 3 months for 4 videos. (search "Converse ad campaign by Mario Mattei on Vimeo") 1 to 3 minute videos for web, documentary-style might have a 1 or 2 day production, but with pre-production & post production, things take about a week total. And that can get spread out over two weeks, since people, locations, studios, equipment, all need to get booked in advance. If actors are involved, then things can take longer. How long does it take to build a house? Same kind of question. Is it a 2 bed condo with a rock yard, or a 5,000 square foot home with elaborate landscaping and a pool?
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Know what you want to accomplish & why. Get with someone creative & well-connected. Get with a producer/director who listens first. (like Mario Mattei!) Know your budget range. Think in terms of $X over X amount of months the video will bring you ROI. A 10K video that sits on a home page for 5 years, costs $166 per month in your marketing budget. Is it worth? Only you can answer. Maybe the right video is a larger production requiring 20K, so maybe you need $332 a month for 5 years to make it worth it. Can you do that, yes or no? Only you can answer that. How well is this video going to "work" for you, and for how long? If you don't have at least 5K for a video, corners will be cut & quality compromised---probably mostly felt in lighting & a lack of cinematic camera movement. That's just reality. But this might still work to meet your goals. If you are on a really tight budget, look for people right out of film school & also be willing to act as a producer yourself (project manager)---recruiting, managing details, like locations, insurance, crew lunches, billing sub-contractors, call sheets, etc. Hopefully you're not in that position and you can let the experts do what the experts do... that's us :)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Why am I doing this? To what end? What's my timeframe? What's my budget range? Would I rather do this production right and have fun with Mattei Visuals, or take a chance somewhere else? ;)