Piha-based Marc Mateo spent more than two decades in the camera department, where he did turns at every job going from gaffer (chief electrician) to cinematographer. Mateo specialised in lighting. From 2002 he was director of photography on a number of music videos, shorts (including the fantastical Meniscus) and commercials, plus two features for cult director David Blyth: Wound and Ghost Bride. Mateo died on 12 June 2015.

...he will be fondly remembered for his energy, aptitude, and enthusiasm, his staunch determination, inspired creativity, dedication, cheeky wit, kindness and generosity. The NZ Film and Video Technician's Guild, marking Marc Mateo's passing

Maul

2013, Cinematographer - Short Film

The dark arts of the maul and scrum are shown in a new light in this short horror from Wellington filmmaker Colin Hodson. A failed try out for the local team spurs young rugby player Will (Ian Lesa) into greater efforts at training; after all, as the cardboard cutout rugby hero in the shop window tells him: “no guts, no glory”. But when he discovers some oval-shaped oddities in the steamy changing room, he’s given cause to question his ambitions. Maul screened at New Zealand and Melbourne Film Festivals in 2013. Ex-All Black Dallas Seymour plays the coach.

Burn

2013, Cinematographer - Music video

After a legal skirmish with ex drummer Shelton Woolright over rights to the Blindspott name ended in stalemate, the reformed members of New Zealand’s alt-metal institution opted to continue as Blacklistt. For ‘Burn’, the third promo from the band's 2013 self-titled album, London-based expat director Anthony Plant (By Your Side) transforms the brutal combat of Thai kickboxing into a slow motion ballet. “This clip was made to really showcase the beauty and peace of Muay Thai,” he explained. “...despite it being an aggressive sport there is a real spirituality that surrounds it.”

Ghost Bride

2013, Cinematographer - Film

Director David Blyth — the man behind Death Warmed Up, New Zealand’s first horror movie — enters the supernatural with his sixth dramatic feature. Newcomer Yoson An plays a Chinese immigrant whose mother has no idea that he has a Kiwi girlfriend. Insistent on an arranged marriage, she takes him to matchmaker Madam Yin (Geeling Ng), whose idea of the perfect bride sees Jason caught up in the ancient Chinese practise of minghūn: a spirit marriage. After premiering at Auckland's 2013 Asia Pacific Film Festival, Ghost Bride was seen extensively across Asia. 

Girl in Stilettos

2011, Cinematographer - Music video

Meniscus

2010, Cinematographer - Short Film

Wound

2010, Cinematographer, Camera Operator - Film

David Blyth's first film, 1976’s Circadian Rhythms, was an attempt to "slip past the conscious mind", and inside the head of a car crash victim. Blyth’s latest movie explores the world of another victim - this time a young woman (Kate O'Rourke) engaging in submission games with an unexplained male, who is haunted by her dark family history, and someone claiming to be her daughter. Fellow cinema provocateur Ken Russell (The Devils) praised Blyth’s "gorgeous images and repulsive dream-surgery into the recesses of female consciousness".

Two Jugs to Nowhere

2008, Camera - Short Film

My Kingdom Falls

2008, Cinematographer - Music video

Reckless Behaviour: Caught on Tape

2007, B Camera Operator - Television

My Favourite Thought

2007, Cinematographer - Music video

Bus Stop

2006, Cinematographer - Short Film

Do Not Disturb

2006, Cinematographer - Short Film

Simon and the Witch

2006, Camera - Short Film

Hold Em

2005, Cinematographer - Music video

Our Song

2005, Cinematographer - Music video

Big Bad Wolves

2005, Cinematographer, Camera Operator - Short Film

Falling

2004, Cinematographer - Music video

Season for Assault

2004, Cinematographer - Music video

Boy

2004, Gaffer - Short Film

In Boy, a college-aged rent boy exposes the truth about the death of a girl in a hit and run accident. Using typography that hovers on screen in place of dialogue, flares of bold colour, dioramic frames, and brutal portraiture reminiscent of Dianne Arbus, director Welby Ings creates a powerful, exquisite perspective on the silent claustrophobia and sexual violence of small town New Zealand. The film gained acclaim both at home and internationally. Accolades included Best Short Film at Cinequest in the United States.

Blank

2003, Cinematographer - Music video