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.

About me

ms. mercado is a cinematographer born and raised in mexico city. she has a ba in communications and a MFA in cinematography from the american film institute in los angeles, california. hilda attends several training programs and equipment demos a month, just enough to keep her up with new technology and creative tools.

in 1996 hilda’s work was given recognition when she was invited to join the camera union (stpyc) as one of the first camerawomen in mexico's film industry. hilda is also a member of the international camera guild local 600 and in 2006 she was invited to join the mexican society of cinematographers (amc) where membership is possible by invitation only.

hilda received the student "emmy" by the academy of television art and sciences (atas), for her work as producer & cinematographer for the film"a piece of earth". the 23-minute short won 12 international awards and was selected for the cinematography competition at the international film festival of the art of cinematography "camerimage" in poland. in 2006 "a piece of earth" gave her a cinematography award at the international cinematographer’s guild (icg) cinematographer showcase.

in 2007 ms. mercado received an artistic achievement in cinematography for the film entitled "la primavera" at the icg emerging cinematographer awards. the film has won several international film festivals. she was nominated for best cinematography for the music video "bienvenido al anochecer" at festival de cristal in mexico for the grammy award winner group la ley.

over the years hilda has worked worldwide in countries like china, kuwait, costa rica, panama and of course mexico on features films, documentaries and advertising mostly. she has a wide experience with formats ranging from 35mm film to digital and mostly any camera in the market these days.

on her free time hilda teaches lighting and camera workshops in the us and mexico


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323 350 5860

IG: hildadop

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