Elevate for HMP Communications

Recently, we had the pleasure of working with HMP Communications to create an animated teaser for Elevate by Psych Congress. Elevate is a seminar run by experienced healthcare professionals, and is designed to teach and empower participants to improve their knowledge and care for mental illness patients.

Psych Congress had just recently revamped their visual identity, which made us all the more eager to bring their aesthetic to life. We were given a significant amount of creative freedom on this project, which allowed us to push limits of how typical corporate animations can present themselves. Quick turn around times encouraged us to work smarter and more efficiently, from the initial storyboarding to the motion graphics animation and post production. The end result was a fluid and cohesive piece that we’re proud to share!

Producer/Director: Kris Mendoza
Animation & Design: Andre Czudak

BNY Mellon – Hamilton Week

Did you catch the ‘Hamilton’s America’ documentary premiere on PBS last month?
Check out the teaser we filmed that aired before the documentary on BNY Mellon’s involvement with the film and how Alexander Hamilton founded the Bank of New York, known today as BNY Mellon.

BNY Mellon – Hamilton's America Teaser from Maestro Filmworks on Vimeo.

Alexander Hamilton created the foundation of our United States financial system by founding one of the very first banks of the United States, BNY Mellon. One of Broadway’s most popular tickets in town, “Hamilton: The Musical” has highlighted and popularized this story and our client BNY Mellon has sponsored a documentary called “Hamiltons America” which aired on WHYY and PBS this October.

We filmed Gerald Hassell, the CEO of BNY Mellon flipping through the very first bank ledger of the Bank of New York in 1783 — one of the first banks in the United States and founded by Alexander Hamilton. It was really awesome learning about the early history of BNY Mellon and getting to see close and personal, the signatures of John Jay, Henry Knox, John Adams, John Jacob Astor, just to name a few.

Producer/Director: Kris Mendoza
DP: Bill Burke
Gaffer: Nathan Vitale
Grip: Stephen Harrington
Sound: Adam Zelinski
PA: Artina Nimpson

FIMRC: Project Cavite

We are super excited to share a short film that we just wrapped on, entitled Project Cavite. Our Executive Producer & Founder, Kris Mendoza, documented his experience while on a medical relief mission in the Philippines this past August and produced a mini documentary on his time there. For more on the project, read the short message from Kris and check out the video below!

Every so often, there comes a project that changes you — whether it’s the subject matter, the circumstances the shoot may have endured, a learning moment, or the impact you were able to make along the way. In the case of Project Cavite, it was all of the above.

In August of 2016, my wife, Melodee, my future sister-in-law, Norilene, and I all had the opportunity to go on a medical mission with the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children or FIMRC, a Philadelphia based organization that has a vast global reach with sites in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uganda as well. It was a destination close to home for all three of us, as we got to go to the Philippines for 10 days to help medical and social workers on the ground in the rural provinces outside of Manila.

Our family vacations to the Philippines usually include shopping at malls, visiting touristy attractions, and lounging on the beach with a tropical cocktail, so to come to the Philippines with an entirely different mindset and purpose was refreshing. It was equally inspiring to see the resilience and resourcefulness of the Filipino people and what they are capable of with very limited resources. To visit the impoverished areas and be able to make an impact in our short time there was nothing short of fulfilling and to see another side of the Philippines that we aren’t used to seeing, and still finding the beauty of the country is an unforgettable experience altogether.

I was lucky enough to tag along as a non-medical volunteer and document the daily happenings and be able to tell the story in the best way I know how. The short film below is a culmination of our 10 days onsite, operating as volunteers with FIMRC. I highly recommend the experience to any one looking for global volunteer opportunities, as they really did a great job in organization and local logistics during our time there.

Special thanks to FIMRC for the opportunity, Maureen, our field operations manager on site, and to our Senior Editor, Edward Cipolla for really helping to craft the narrative in the edit room.

-Kris Mendoza, Executive Producer, Maestro Filmworks

To support the great humanitarian work FIMRC is doing, please visit the following link:

Project Cavite from Maestro Filmworks on Vimeo.

Director/DP: Kris Mendoza
Editor: Ed Cipolla
Graphics: Andrew Czudak
Music: Premium Beat

Connecting the dots to go Outward

Recently, we worked with a Canada based gaming company called NineDots to create a trailer for their game, Outward.

Outward Game Trailer 2016 from Maestro Filmworks on Vimeo.

Delving into the world of video games was a refreshing change of pace for us. We collaborated with NineDots and NineDots CEO, Guillaume Boucher-Vidal and his team on the script and also animated their game’s logo for the spot. We had the opportunity to work with NineDots animators and artists to direct and capture game footage. It was our first time creating custom animations through in-game footage and it was super awesome living in a completely made up world!

We greatly enjoyed collaborating the Nine Dots team. They certainly gave us room to enjoy a lot of creative freedom in putting this trailer together which definitely made it fun and exhilarating to work on. And to top it off, the Outward trailer was well received online, garnishing over 25k views on YouTube!


This Saturday, Team Maestro joined the fight against lung cancer and succeeded in exceeding our fundraising goal of $1,000 by raising a total $2,530 for the Bonnie J. Addario “Your Next Step is the Cure” 5k.

It was so inspiring to see everyone out there hitting the pavement and being active TOGETHER.


A little bigger than last year, Team Maestro cleaned up in the 30-39 Men’s division with Asa, Kris, Geoff, Paul, and Yev sweeping the top 5 and again in the Women’s division where Eleonore and Ashley also took first place in their age groups. Shoutout to Joanna, Artina, Clay, and Tom who all placed top 5 in their age groups. Congrats to Yev for taking 5th overall and 1st in his age group and the biggest hat tip to Bill Burke for taking 1st in his age group as well and leaving us youngin’s in the dust!

Also, kudos to Andrew Czudak for winning a brand new FitBit Flex after taking the top fundraising spot with $660 raised!

A big thanks to our spectators, family, and friends who truly motivated the team throughout the run and a huge thank you to our official team photographer, Steven. We’re all so glad we were able to have fun while making a difference for a great cause in the process, this year’s 5k festivities were definitely some for the books. We’re already looking forward to next year’s!


Participant shirts were provided in partnership by Team F*Cancer (#teamfcancer), an endurance sport team charity that was established in 2007 by a friend of Maestro Filmworks.

Team Maestro at the Bonnie J. Addario Race for a Cure | October 2nd, 2016


Maestro Filmworks has put together a team to help raise money and awareness for a cure to lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer constitutes for 27% of all cancer deaths in the year 2015. Our team has set a goal to raise a minimum of $1000 as a team, while also training and staying fit in the process. Maestro has agreed to match all team fund raising and contributions up to $1500.

Participant shirts will be provided in partnership by Team F*Cancer (#teamfcancer), an endurance sport team charity that was established in 2007 by a friend of Maestro Filmworks.

Join us by clicking this link and registering to run alongside Team Maestro in this great cause!

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Team Maestro participants at the 4th Annual Race for a Cure

Introducing Big Ideas™ by BNY Mellon

Sharing some recent work we just wrapped in the studio! Fun one to work on for BNY Mellon.

Big Ideas includes articles authored by BNY Mellon experts and content from respected third-party media sources. The pairing of our perspectives with current insights from external specialists makes Big Ideas a unique content experience.

The app is organized into four macro themes: Culture and Society, Investment Insights, Regulation and Risk, and Transformation.

Updated regularly, the free app allows you to access, download, share and recent thinking on relevant and timely topics.

Client: BNY Mellon
Agency/Production Company: Maestro Filwmorks

Producer/Director: Kris Mendoza
DP: Charles Morabito
Art Director: David Kellom
Editor: Ed Cipolla
VFX: Andrew Czudak
Gaffer: Gaetano Virgoglini
Key Grip: Steven Harrington
Actors/Hand Models: Brandon Wyche, Alan Bogusky, Noel Monzo, Emily Warweg
Music: Premium Beat
Studio: Philly Photo Studio

BNY Mellon: Invested | Head of the Charles Regatta

Just wanted to share a video that we worked on in late 2015 that we really enjoyed putting together. We worked with BNY Mellon to document the team they put together for the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, MA this past October. Members from various boutiques in their Wealth Management division invested some serious time and sweat in training to represent BNY Mellon at the famed race’s 51st Regatta on the Charles river.

“For decades, athletes competing in the Head Of The Charles Regatta have exemplified the values we hold strong within our company – collaboration, hard work and dedication – and we commend the sacrifice and excellence put forward by every competitor in the race. We are delighted that our international team of BNY Mellon employees is rowing in the Regatta and we are inspired by their motivation to compete in this challenging event. We wish our colleagues and all competitors the best of luck,” said BNY Mellon Investment Management CEO Curtis Arledge.

Read more on the official press release here.


Producer/Director: Kris Mendoza
Dir. of Photography: Charles Morabito
Editor: Ed Cipolla
Gaffer: Steven Harrington, Travis Trudell
Camera operators: Steven Harrington, Clay Hereth
Sound mixers: John Garrett, Rich Mach
Makeup artist: Wendy Hou
Music: Premium Beat

Animation & Motion Graphics Reel

Hot off the press! We are super excited to share our compilation reel of recent animation and motion graphics projects we’ve worked on.

It’s always fun to be able to incorporate animation when the production calls for it because we have the ability to create the visual world in which the project lives. Sometimes the motion graphics is mixed in with live action footage and other times it stands on its own. Hope you enjoy the latest and greatest below!