Mario Quintana

Digital Filmmaking & Video Production

Cinematographer and Motion Graphics Artist for Atlas Pictures (Cerulean Filmworks)
The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago

Mario_Quintana

[My education] prepared me in learning my art, my voice, and what I am good at. Before I was just a kid who liked stories. Now I'm a storyteller." Mario Quintana , Cinematographer and Motion Graphics Artist for Atlas Pictures (Cerulean Filmworks)
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production , 2014 , The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago

Cinematographer and Motion Graphics Artist for Atlas Pictures (Cerulean Filmworks)

Mario Quinatana is a cinematographer and works in motion graphics for Atlas Pictures (Cerulean Filmworks), a filmmaking group made up of former students from The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago. He coordinates with the director to bring stories from script to life. “Starting in my freshman year, I did freelance work around Chicago for companies like Anova Technologies, Blast Shield, Broadbeach New Media, and Realty of Chicago.” Together with classmates, he launched the company during his junior year. A typical day may start late and go into the night—he also organizes meetings with wedding planners, artists, and companies that need help with their promotional work.

Mario explains that his first quarter of school was very difficult. Due to problems at home, he developed depression and anxiety. He channeled this into writing and painting—and now describes his anxiety as a double-edged sword. “While I struggle with it sometimes, it’s what my creativity flourishes on.”

He adds that his creative process is very simple and involves thinking, writing, then getting to work. “Through Atlas Pictures (Cerulean Filmworks), we have received summer interns, applicants, and former peers wanting to tag along for productions. We explore the idea that not only are you a grip or a script supervisor, you play as much a role as the director.” This concept the company’s volunteers, employees, and interns to grow creatively and to become inspired in their own work.

During his career, Mario has earned 23 festival awards and his work was on HBO. He’s also received international short film awards. “These are the benefits of hard work, not just by me, but by everyone I have around me that supports what I do—and all the cast and crew in each of those productions.” Currently, his team is completing a feature film and is hoping to have the film distributed across the United States.

Mario, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago, says that while he had background in filmmaking prior to starting school, his education helped him to find his voice. “Before I was just a kid who liked stories. Now I'm a storyteller.”

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