Hilda Mercado has the power to create beautiful images in her mind, but more importantly, she’s able to capture those –hers and her director’s -- compelling images and tell a story. That’s what makes her a cinematographer. Maybe it’s the fact that she was born and raised in Mexico, a place full of texture, colors, and vibrancy.
She honed this talent with a BA in Communications, several camera & lighting workshops from the International Film and Video Workshops in Rockport, Maine and a MFA in Cinematography from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. She has a never ending curiosity and desire for new knowledge. You will see her often at training workshops and new equipment demos.
Her credits include feature films, commercials, documentaries, and television series shot in countries like China, Kuwait, Dubai, Bahamas, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and of course United States. Additionally, she’s a member of the Mexican Society of Cinematographers (AMC), something achieved through invitation only. She also belongs to the Local 600 union in the US, the Society of Camera Operators - SOC and the film union-STPyC in Mexico.
During her career she has received the student Emmy by the Academy of Television Art and Sciences (ATAS) for the short film A Piece of Earth. The film competed and won first place in several International film festivals and was official selection in competition at the coveted International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography “Camerimage” in Poland. Hilda ́s worked had been recognized at the International Cinematographer’s Guild where she has been awarded an Artistic Achievement in Cinematography for the film entitled La Primavera and for the piece A Piece of Earth. Her work has been nominated as best cinematography for the Music Video Bienvenido al Anochecer at Cristal Film Festival in Mexico for the Grammy award winner group La Ley.
Hilda is currently based in Atlanta, where she travels between Mexico, Los Angeles, New York and the world, working on a wide range of projects. Recently she completed principal photography of the feature film 108 Stitches shot in Mexico and Los Angeles.
On her free time she shares her knowledge and experience by being a mentor and teaching seminars in film schools in both countries.
"As a cinematographer, I consider myself a storyteller and an assiduous student of human behavior.
My mission is to make unique contributions. I aim to translate your vision ... your story, into powerful cinematic images.
I posses the expertise of creating moods and places through color, angles, movement, light and shadows and the combination of technical knowledge, management skills and artistic ability."