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


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!

Maestro Filmworks 2015 Reel

Maestro Filmworks 2015 Reel

2015 was a great year for Maestro Filmworks! It was our first full year at our new office and production space in the heart of Northern Liberties and we had to opportunity to collaborate with a lot of great clients, old and new, as we continue to expand. We’re looking forward to what 2016 has in store for us. In the mean time, check out our work from the past year!

This S Igloohome

This is Igloohome

New project alert! Check out Igloohome, a startup that touts a innovative approach to automating AirBNB rentals for property managers and guests. The mobile app and connectivity to the proprietary home automation device makes AirBNB properties smarter by connecting them to the Internet of Things.

Producer: Kris Mendoza
Director: Charles Morabito
Dir. of Photography: Erik Lu
Gaffer: Steven Harrington
Editor: Ed Cipolla

Starring: Samantha Scaffidi and Jon Nitka


Philadelphia Convention & Visitor’s Bureau

We recently just wrapped on an exciting video for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (PHLCVB).

The task was to create a video to persuade meeting planners of Asian owned businesses that the Philadelphia Convention Center was the viable venue city to host their conferences and Philly as a backdrop was the perfect city for their meeting delegates. View the video below:

Special thanks to Buddakan and the Starr Restaurant Group, Mixto Restaurant, and Sang Kee for opening their doors to us. Also, thanks to Melodee Arevalo Mendoza, Wendy Hou, and Bryant Jen for being our wonderful extras.

Starring: Linh Chia and Sagar Patel

Director: Erik Lu
Producer: Kris Mendoza
Dir. of Photography: Charles Morabito
AC/Gaffer: Geoff Nichols
Editor: Ed Cipolla
Archival Footage: Discover PHL


Short Corporate film: Deloitte Global CEO 2015 Annual Message

We recently wrapped on a fun short film for Deloitte at the beginning of the year. The Deloitte team wanted to stray away from a teleprompter address for their annual CEO message and produce something really engaging and decided to produce a thought provoking short film and this is what ensued.

From CEO Barry Salzberg on his LinkedIn Blog:

“Earlier this year I sent a special video message to all Deloitte people worldwide, encouraging them to consider how they will make an impact that matters – for clients, our people and society – in 2015. I’m pleased to now share this video externally. A little peek into life (and lunch) at Deloitte.”

We were pretty pleased with the final product and really did feel like it was way more impactful than a teleprompter address would have been. Kudos to the Deloitte team for being innovative and going with something more creative and out of the box. With that said, how will you make an impact that matters in 2015?

Client: Deloitte

Director: Charles Morabito
Producer: Kris Mendoza
DP: Blake Eichenseer
Editor: Ed Cipolla
Art director: Susannah McCarthy
Gaffer: Ashton Harrewyn
Sound mixer: Matt Martin
Music: The Music Bed


Deloitte’s 2014 Global Report Video Campaign

We just wrapped up on a three video campaign for Deloitte and we’re excited to finally be able to share it.

Our team produced three short videos that combined live action and animation that folded right into the larger campaign Deloitte had centering around the theme “Making an impact that matters.” Watch the three videos below to see how Deloitte is leading by example by serving top clients, having the best and brightest talent and impacting society as a whole.

Client: Deloitte

Producer: Kris Mendoza
Director: Charles Morabito
Dir. of Photography: Bill Burke
Editor/VFX: Dennis Dmitriev
Asst. Editor/Motion GFX: Andrew Czudak
2nd camera operator: Paul Yee
Grip/gaffer: Paul Bradburn
Sound engineer: Matt Martin
Makeup/Hair: Rachel Estabrook
Music: Premium Beat