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Mario Ortiz

CEO & Owner/Operator

the visionary CEO and owner/operator of Cinema Verde Productions, Inc., has been a prominent figure in the television, film, documentary, and commercial industry since 2005. His journey began in 1986 when he started working at local television stations while pursuing his education in film. A creative force from a young age, Mario filmed short films with his 8mm camera as a teenager and honed his skills at Chula Vista Highschool's School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). He furthered his education, graduating from SDSU's Film & Television curriculum in 1995.

With an unwavering passion for storytelling through the lens, Mario embarked on his entrepreneurial journey, founding Ortiz Film Works immediately after graduation. His experience spans across various roles, showcasing his versatility as a Director of Photography, camera operator (including Steadicam operator), producer, and director.

Mario's impressive track record includes nominations for 15 Emmy Awards, of which he has secured three wins. Additionally, he boasts four Telly Awards, a Communicator Award, and a Vision Award. His contributions extend to the film industry, with notable success as the producer, director, and DP for the romantic comedy film "The Little Match Makers," which clinched the Best Film award at the San Diego Indy Fest.

As a director of photography, Mario has worked on seven feature films, including the recently filmed "Slaughterhouse 2" in the summer of 2023. His prowess in cinematography is further evidenced by accolades for projects such as "Ruta Madre" and "Spirit Quest," the latter winning Best Documentary at the Monrovia Film Festival in December 2023.

Not only confined to the big screen, Mario has made significant contributions to documentary filmmaking. His work on projects like "Dream A World Education's The Ripple Effect" and "Sentir El Sol" has garnered critical acclaim, with the latter winning several festival awards in 2022 and 2023 and being featured on KPBS's VOCES shorts series.

Mario Ortiz's dedication to his craft, coupled with his creative flair and technical expertise, solidifies his standing as a luminary in the world of visual storytelling. As the driving force behind Cinema Verde Productions, he continues to shape the landscape of the entertainment industry with his compelling and award-winning work.

Rosalie Ortiz

Owner/CFO, Makeup Artist

Rosalie Ortiz, a multifaceted talent and co-owner of Cinema Verde Productions, Inc., has been an integral part of the company's success since 2005. As the Chief Financial Officer and a skilled makeup artist, Rosalie brings a unique blend of financial acumen and artistic prowess to the table.

Rosalie's journey into the world of arts began with her studies in theater arts at San Diego State University, providing her with a solid foundation for her diverse career. Since 2009, she has made a name for herself as a professional makeup artist, leaving her mark on a wide range of projects, including commercials, industrial videos, documentaries, and feature films.

In her role as CFO, Rosalie not only contributes to the financial stability and success of Cinema Verde Productions but also brings her creative talents to the forefront as a makeup artist. Her ability to seamlessly blend financial expertise with artistic flair sets her apart in the industry.

One of Rosalie's recent standout projects is the horror film "Slaughterhouse 2," where her skills were on full display. Not only did she excel in traditional hair and makeup, but she also took charge of special makeup effects, showcasing her versatility and dedication to her craft.

Beyond her professional capabilities, Rosalie is known for her great personality, creating a positive and collaborative atmosphere on set. Her ability to connect with producers, directors, and the Director of Photography (DP) is a testament to her professionalism and interpersonal skills.

As a co-owner of Cinema Verde Productions, Rosalie Ortiz continues to play a pivotal role in the company's success, bringing financial insight, artistic talent, and a warm personality to every project. Her dedication to excellence and her ability to seamlessly navigate both the financial and creative aspects of the film industry make her an invaluable asset to the team.

Julian Ortiz

Camera operator, AC, gaffer, grip

Julian Ortiz, an indispensable member of the Cinema Verde Productions, Inc. team, serves as the primary employee responsible for camera operations, grip, and lighting. His role is instrumental in the seamless functioning of Cinema Verde, making him a vital asset to the company and the right-hand man to owner/operator Mario Ortiz.

Julian's journey in the world of film and production is deeply rooted in a rich legacy, being the son of Mario Ortiz. Under his father's guidance and the mentorship of industry professionals in the camera, grip, and lighting departments, Julian has honed his skills to become a versatile and accomplished professional.

With a wealth of knowledge passed down through his familial and professional connections, Julian has excelled in all facets of production. His proficiency in camera operations, grip work, and lighting sets him apart as a valuable contributor to the success of each project undertaken by Cinema Verde Productions.

More than just a skilled technician, Julian brings a cheery and can-do personality to every set. His infectious positivity contributes to a collaborative and uplifting atmosphere, making him a joy to work with for fellow crew members and talent alike.

At the age of 26, Julian Ortiz is not only a wise and skilled professional but also a cherished member of the Cinema Verde Productions family. His ability to seamlessly blend into the role of son, man, and peer showcases his maturity and adaptability, making him an asset to every production he undertakes.

In summary, Julian Ortiz is not just a crucial part of the Cinema Verde team; he is a dynamic and talented individual whose infectious energy and expertise enhance the quality of every project he contributes to.

Dallas Patterson

Gaffer, grip, transportation, editor

Dallas Patterson, a pivotal figure at Cinema Verde Productions, Inc., serves as the primary driver, gaffer, and grip, embodying the spirit of a true Jack of all trades. Dallas's diverse skill set extends from being adept at handling the intricacies of a film shoot to the ability to rebuild a car engine or assemble a desktop computer from scratch.

As the backbone for all Cinema Verde shoots, Dallas plays a critical role in ensuring the smooth execution of every production. His versatility and proficiency in various technical domains make him an invaluable asset to the team, contributing to the success of each project undertaken by Cinema Verde.

Dallas's journey in the industry has been shaped by the guidance of his uncle and owner/operator, Mario Ortiz. Learning from his uncle and a network of industry professionals in the camera, grip, and lighting departments, Dallas has absorbed a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Despite being only 26 years old, Dallas possesses a remarkable depth of understanding across a broad spectrum of skills. His humility, both in tone and presence, is a testament to his character and makes him a standout team member at Cinema Verde Productions.

Notably, Dallas Patterson is more than just a skilled technician; he is a key team member whose knowledge, adaptability, and commitment contribute to the success and cohesion of Cinema Verde Productions. His multifaceted abilities, coupled with a humble demeanor, make him an integral part of the company's dynamic and collaborative work environment.

Victoria Ortiz

AD, PA & Masseuse

Victoria Ortiz, a valuable member of Cinema Verde Productions, Inc., holds the roles of part-time Assistant Director and Location Manager, bringing a unique blend of skills to the team. Victoria's ability to effortlessly multitask on a production set is rooted in her background as an improvisational actor, infusing creativity and adaptability into her work.

Her proficiency in juggling various responsibilities is complemented by her enhanced communication skills, allowing her to connect seamlessly with actors, producers, and directors. Victoria's dynamic presence on set makes her a special asset to Cinema Verde shoots, ensuring efficient coordination and a harmonious working environment.

Beyond her contributions to the film industry, Victoria is a professional masseuse, adding another layer of versatility to her skill set. Her ability to balance the demands of filmmaking with her expertise in wellness further showcases her diverse talents.

As the daughter of owner/operator Mario Ortiz, Victoria has been immersed in the world of film and production, learning from her family's rich legacy. Her commitment, coupled with her unique background and skill set, makes her an integral part of Cinema Verde Productions.

In summary, Victoria Ortiz is not only a skilled part-time Assistant Director and Location Manager but also a multifaceted professional with a background in improvisational acting and massage therapy. Her ability to seamlessly navigate the demands of the film industry while fostering positive and effective communication sets her apart as a valuable asset to Cinema Verde Productions, Inc.