Mara Stellwood is a Los Angeles born art director and filmmaker.
At an early age Mara moved to New York City where she was influenced by the abundant diversity in art and culture. Reflecting her artistic interests, she took a position at Creative Exchange Agency. Here Mara was exposed to a plethora of remarkable photographers, film makers, and fine artists such as Matt Black, Marco Brambilla, David Lachapelle, Francois Nars, Johan Lindeberg, and Freeman & Lowe.
In the following years, Mara joined the Breedlove Creative team in 2012 and has played an integral role in commercial photography, video production, experiential marketing and art direction for a wide-ranging client list such as Converse, Hennessy, Chandon, Louis XIII, Reuters, Yoga Six, SLS Hotels, and Facebook. Her discerning eye brings unmatched quality and sophistication to the multiple projects she touches daily.
Having the desire to expand and evolve her creative talents, Mara has shifted her focus on screenwriting and directing feature-length motion pictures. Mara currently splits her time between New York City and Paris, France.
Excels at working in and contributing to a creative environment alongside creative directors, brand strategists, photographers, cinematographers, designers, editors producers, set designers and architects. Possesses an ability to see the big picture and continually develop new and inspiring approaches to a brief.
She has the ability to direct all aspects of film, photography production & atmosphere design – Conceptual Ideation, Storyboarding, Presentation Design & Direction, Illustration Art, Shot Lists, Styling, Talent Casting & Acquisition, Crew Vetting & Acquisition, Location Scouting, Wardrobe, Makeup, Light Design, Set Design, Interior Design, On-Set Directing, Voiceover Direction, Broll Curation & Management, Post Production & Retouching, Image Curation.
Premiere Pro. Photoshop. Lightroom. After Effects. Illustrator. InDesign.
Coup / Head of Portfolios & Art Direction: 2016 - 2017, Oslo, Norway
Worked on portfolio management and curation of some of Norway's most renowned photographers such as Ivar Kvaal, Simon Skreddernes, Lars Petter Pettersen and Jørgen Gomnæs. Experience working on content curation released across all marketing platforms, and on-set productions.
Breedlove Creative, Inc. / Art Director: December 2012 - February 2016, New York, New York
Worked directly with Creative Director and other agency team members to execute a wide range of creative services relating to video, photography, graphic design and digital design for clients such as Walgreens, Facebook,Converse, Hennessy, Chandon, Reuters and Yoga Six. Experience working directly with clients in a fast-paced, business oriented environment.
Creative Exchange Agency / Production Assistant: 2012, New York, New York
Assisted on large scale commercial productions with top photographers and artist such as David LaChapelle, François Nars and Karen Collins. Other responsibilities included organizing casting calls, assisting with shoot budgets, prop sourcing and office administrative work.
Mara Stellwood / Art Director, Film & Design: January 2010 - Present, New York, Los Angeles & Paris, France
Freelance Art Direction, Photography and Design for a range of clients including modeling agencies, creative marketing experiential agencies, start-ups, music producers and architects. Projects consisted intensely with channel strategy, in building a concept for multi-channel execution that amplified the creative insight while optimizing for results. Projects demanded creative excellence of pushing the boundaries with innovative, emotional and delightful visual components in the work of storytelling.
Due to some confidentiality material, please note that I cannot share all of my work online here. In some cases if needed, I’d gladly discuss and share my work in further detail upon request.