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. Her credits include feature films, commercials, documentaries, and television series shot in countries like China, Kuwait, 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 at the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography ¨Camerimage¨ in Poland. In 2006 she received a Cinematography award at the International Cinematographer’s Guild. In 2007 she was awarded an Artistic Achievement in Cinematography for the film entitled ¨La Primavera¨ at the ICG Emerging Cinematographer Awards. Her work has also 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 and the world, working on a wide range of projects. Recently she completed principal photography of the feature film 108 Stitches shot in Mexico. She also shares her knowledge and experience by teaching seminars in Film Schools in both countries.